Forty-five to fifty outstanding current high school sophomores and juniors from across the United States are chosen each year to travel to the nation’s capital, where they participate in the weeklong educational opportunity. The summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.  The 2016 summit will take place Monday, July 25 - Sunday, July 31. Applications are currently being reviewed for Y.E.S. 2016.
Please check back in the Fall to apply for Y.E.S. 2017
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  • -Guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum
  • -Competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation
  • -Informative tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington, D.C.
  • -Meeting national leaders from Capitol Hill and around Washington, D.C.
In addition to the week in Washington D.C., Y.E.S. participants compete for $30,000 in college scholarships. The first round of awards totals $15,000 and is given at the conclusion of the Y.E.S. program. A second round of scholarships is comprised of $15,000 and involves a second application, available to the participants after they go through the Y.E.S. program.
Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 700 students have graduated from Y.E.S. and over $480,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Entry into the program requires submission of a completed application form, high school transcript, three-page essay on the Second Amendment, one-page personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. 
For additional information on the NRA Youth Education Summit please call 1-800-672-3888, press 7, and ask to be connected to extension 1351 or email  
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We are currently accepting applications from qualified high school sophomores and juniors to participate in the National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) from July 25 - 31, 2016.  Application deadline is February 1, 2016.
If you really loved your time at Y.E.S. and want to come back as an alumni chaperone we'd love to have you!  Or are you looking to give a charitable donation to the Y.E.S. endowment?  This is your destination.
Currently Alaska, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas,  Virginia and West Virginia sponsor a state Y.E.S. If you are from these states you must attend the state summit before attending the national summit. Learn more about state summits here.