This program offers unusual opportunities for high school students to do research in the area of National and International concern; to organize this information into a documented proposal; to engage in intensive discussion and to debate these proposals with other young people from states all over the United States.

This national, week-long high school conference takes place each July at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina and has been a part of the Youth and Government program since 1968. Information about the specifics and logistics of the Conference on National Affairs can be found at www.ymcacona.org

Application Process

Up to 25 delegates and 4 alternates will be selected. The application will open in Mid-January. Students applying for CONA will need to commit to the full week of the conference. In the application, it will ask delegates to list at least three topics of national or international importance about which they would consider writing proposals suggesting solutions.  Delegates should apply with the understanding that creating a team environment, supporting one another, and bringing skills learned at CONA back to their local YG clubs are crucial parts of the CONA experience.  They also need to secure recommendations from an adults with knowledge of their YG activities.

Questions or are you interested in applying? Speak directly to your Club Advisor or District Director.
Application Opens: January 13th, 2023
Application Deadline: March 17th, 2023
CONA Application

Program Fees & Transportation

The fees to participate in Conference on National Affairs would range between $1200.00-$1,500.00 with the final amount to be determined based on philanthropic support. This program fee includes:

  • Registration for Conference on National Affairs
  • Meals (except while traveling to/from NC)
  • Lodging Accommodations
  • Transportation to and from NC
  • Conference programming and materials

Delegates can also work with their District Director and local Y to inquire about any opportunities to partially or fully cover their fees and/or transportation.

Learn More

Read a media story from a Texas Delegate below to learn more about their experience in NC.

TEXAS UNITED AT CONA written by Seleste Long, Duncanville High School Junior