NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) To Return July 2024

The NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) is scheduled to return July 16-21, 2024.

posted on December 4, 2023
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Since its inception in 1996, more than 1,200 students have graduated from the NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), and more than $700,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

NRA's Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S) is slated to return July 16-21, 2024.

The NRA Youth Education Summit is a six-day, all-expenses paid leadership and scholarship experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in the Washington, D.C., area. Each summer, 30 to 40 high school students are selected from across the country to participate in a week-long educational fellowship around our nation’s capital.

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The mission of the Y.E.S. program is to give students the opportunity to explore their passion for our government, the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.


For two decades, the NRA's Youth Education Summit has gathered some of the brightest, most ambitious and patriotic youth from across America in our nation's capital. Students spend an unforgettable week engaging with political leaders, exploring historical monuments and honing their skills through competitive debates—all with the aim of enriching and inspiring our nation's future.

The Y.E.S. program's mission is to encourage students to explore the workings of our American government, the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution. Y.E.S. strives to inspire students to become responsible citizens who actively participate in the democratic process and who will return to their communities as advocates for the Second Amendment.

Students can expect an action-packed week that includes:

  • Meeting with NRA leadership
  • Target practice at the NRA range
  • Touring of the National Firearms Museum
  • Practicing debates at Hillsdale College’s Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship 
  • Viewing the Constitution and Bill of Rights in-person at the National Archives
  • Touring Washington, D.C., monuments and memorials
  • Meeting with Congressmen and Congresswomen
  • Taking an inside look at the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Visiting the Supreme Court
  • Exploring the National Museum of American History
  • Walking around the Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Attending the 8th and I Parade
  • Walking the grounds of Mount Vernon
  • Paying respect at Arlington National Cemetery 

Past participant Brayden T. from North Carolina said, “While attending Y.E.S., I interacted with one of the chaperones who was a college student, and a member of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Kentucky. My interactions with him, in addition to our visits to the various veteran’s memorials, sparked a desire to serve others through military service. Today, I am a senior at North Carolina State University, and a proud member of their Air Force ROTC, with plans to commission into the Air Force next spring!”

NRA Youth Education Summit attendees
Y.E.S. attendees will compete for up to $40,000 in college scholarships based on their leadership skills, teamwork, performances in debates and participation throughout the week.


The NRA Youth Education Summit is not solely about touring the Washington, D.C., area. This summit offers an enriching educational experience that includes a total of $40,000 in college scholarships for students who display strong leadership abilities and a deep understanding of the week's activities, which encompass debates, seminars, public speaking and more. Thanks to Friends of NRA fundraising and grants provided by The NRA Foundation, more than $700,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the creation of Y.E.S. in 1996.

Y.E.S. is open to current high school sophomores and juniors across the country. Aspiring participants must complete an application and submit their high school transcript, a three-page essay on the Second Amendment, a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.  

As mentioned, the NRA Youth Education Summit will be held July 16-21, 2024. Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, the application window is open for a limited time. Don’t miss the March 1, 2024, deadline. To find out more about the NRA Youth Education Summit, including frequently asked questions, please visit the website at

Make a lasting contribution by donating to the Y.E.S. Scholarship Fund at

For further questions, please email [email protected].


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