CONA 2019 Application Procedures

The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs, held at the Blue Ridge Conference Center in North Carolina, is an amazing opportunity to take your Youth & Government experience to the next level. Each year 25 delegates from all grades and from across the state are chosen based on the potential they’ve shown through their MLC participation, and their written application and video. The delegation will spend 10 days having fun exploring the South, making new friends, learning public speaking and debate skills, and participating in the conference.

Dates for CONA 2019 are June 25-July 5. Delegates must be able to attend the entire trip. The cost of the trip is $2,500. Financial assistance is available based on need and merit, and is thanks to generous donations made to our Annual Support Campaign. If you are unable to pay the full fee, partial assistance is available by completing the financial assistance application. Application for assistance does not impact chances of selection.

Delegates and Advisors selected to be part of the CONA delegation will be required to attend one day training in May. Training is mandatory, and any delegate or advisor who is unable to attend will not be able to attend CONA. Delegates must be willing to devote at least two hours a week to CONA preparation between Sacramento and the conference in June.

During the pre-trip, we’ll spend time bonding as a group and preparing to debate at the Conference on National Affairs. Each delegate will prepare and research their own proposal to present at the conference while learning advanced public speaking skills, improving their debate techniques, and creating lifelong friendships with other delegates from California and across the country.

Please submit your application and all other requirements on or before Thursday, February 14, 2019, including video submissions, and financial aid application (optional). Please remember that spelling and grammar are important.

  • 2019 CONA Delegate Application: This can be found in Reggo, in the same place all the other leadership applications are located.
  • Confidential Reference Form: Please e-mail the link to your two references, one of whom much be your delegation’s Lead Advisor. This form is due Thursday, February 14.
  • Applicants need to submit a one minute (unedited) video of themselves speaking publicly (topic found in Reggo). Videos should be uploaded to YouTube and the link sent to by Thursday, February 14.
  • Scholarship Application (optional)
  • 2019 CONA Credit Card Authorization Form


No information for the upcoming program year yet….

The Y&G gnomes are working on it….

Check back for new information soon!

Marketing & Promotional Material

2018-2019 Y&G Marketing Piece

This piece is a four page booklet that is filled with information about Y&G’s various programs. It also has room on the last page for delegation’s to put their contact information.


Bulletins will be emailed directly to all delegates selected to attend CONA.

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