YMCA Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is a ten-day, nationwide conference organized by the YMCA of Montgomery, Alabama that takes place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The program offers opportunities for a young person 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 debate these proposals with understanding young people from other states.
Participant Selection: California YMCA Youth & Government sends 24 Model Legislature and Court participants to represent California. Alternate participants will be selected in case of any drops. It is mandatory that alternate participants attend the training conference weekend.
Preparing for the Conference: In preparation for the conference, participants will attend a mandatory training weekend. During this weekend, participants get an overview of the program including goals, outcomes, and expectation, group work opportunities with fellow participants, proposal preparation, and group bonding. By the end of the weekend all participants will have a rough draft of the proposal they will bring to the Conference.
Conference Life: Prior to the conference, participants take part in a pre-trip to various locations within the proximity of the conference site. Pre-trip activities consist of local points of interest, inactive games, local food, and study time to prepare for the conference. Once “The Mountain”, participants engage in a competitive debate process. Proposals are scored on:
- National/International Importance
- Evidence of Research
- Preparation and Presentation
The top proposals, as scored and ranked by all CONA participants, continue to advance until reaching the final rounds.
Applications available in Reggo: October 7, 2019
Application deadline in Reggo: February 6, 2020
Training Weekend, (Southern California): April 18-19, 2020
53rd YMCA Conference on National Affairs, (Black Mountain, NC): June 23, 2020-July 3, 2020
For more general information on the program including fees and scholarship opportunities, please contact Richard Chapin at (916) 569-9326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2019- Premier Delegation
Conference Life Committee - Aidan Blain
Committee Chair - Lily Azat
Committee Clerk - Piper Samuels
Roundtable Chair - Marina Carlstroem
Proposal Sharing Group Leaders- Carsten Sondergaard & Scott Nagatoshi
General Assembly & Plenary Delegates
2019: Carsten Sondergaard , Nate Davis, Jad Soucar, Aidan Blain
2019: Tyler Wong, Scott Nagatoshi, Lily Azat, Solomon Kim, Piper Samuels
Awards & Accolades
Distinguished Delegate Award
2019: Scott Nagatoshi & Emily Kopp
2019: Piper Samuels, Decreasing methane by giving subsidies to farmers who feed their cows seaweed
Blue Ridge Spirit Award
2019: Solomon Kim