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What is CONA?

The YMCA Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is a ten-day, nationwide conference. Its primary focuses are to gain an awareness of National concerns and issues, as well as increase understanding of Federal Government and its relation to State, National and International matters.

How Can I Be Selected to Attend CONA?

CONA delegates are selected from among those participating in various Youth & Government programs throughout the country. The California YMCA Youth & Government CONA delegates are selected from our Model Legislature & Court program. The selection process is highly competitive and the 25 students chosen to represent California are announced each year at the closing Joint Session in Sacramento.

California YMCA Youth & Government sends 25 of its best model legislature participants to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina during the summer to participate in this competitive conference.

What Happens at CONA?

CONA participants author individual proposals of national or international scope and then champion these proposals through a competitive debate process. Proposals are scored on originality, evidence of research, national/international importance, feasibility, and presentation. The top proposals, as scored by the participants, continue to advance until reaching the final round. CONA is well known for the quality of the debate and the indefinable “Blue Ridge Spirit.”

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