For two decades, NRA’s Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) has brought of some of America’s most bright, ambitious, and patriotic youth to our nation's capital each summer for a week of fun they'll never forget. Students engage with political leaders, visit historical monuments, and apply their skills in competitive debates, all to enrich and inspire the future of our nation. The mission of the Y.E.S. program is to help students explore our American government, Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, while encouraging them to become responsible citizens who participate in the democratic process and return to their community with a proactive voice for the Second Amendment.
But Y.E.S. isn't just about taking tours around Washington, D.C. The summit is an educational experience that offers $40,000 in college scholarships for students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and knowledgeable participation during the week's activities - which include debates and seminars on current events.
The Best of the Best
Each summer, 45-50 high school students are selected from across the country to participate in one of two week-long summits in our nation’s capital.
$40,000 in Scholarships
Students compete for college scholarships by demonstrating strong leadership skills and knowledgeable participation during the week's activities.
Funds for Higher Learning
Scholarships that are won are paid directly to the accredited college or technical school of the student’s choice.
Lead the Legacy
Are you an outstanding high school sophomore or junior actively engaged in academics, leadership and community service? Ever year, the National Rifle Association invites rising juniors and seniors across the United States to apply for the National NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), an expenses-paid, week-long educational experience in Washington, D.C., held in July.
Applications are now open for Y.E.S. 2018! We are excited to announce that we are adding a second session of Y.E.S. for 2018! Session One will take place July 9-15, 2018, and Session Two will take place July 23-29, 2018. Applications must be postmarked by January 12, 2018.
Notice: Applicants living in Alaska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, must participate in a state-level summit before attending the national Y.E.S. in Washington, D.C.