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Summer Programs

Conference on National Affairs (CONA) and National Judicial Competition (NJC) are national programs offered to high schoolers during the summer months. Both programs are run through the YMCA North Carolina Youth and Government program. The YMCA Conference on National Affairs, open to students in grades 9-12, is an eight-day conference held in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Its primary focus is for students to gain an awareness of National concerns and issues.

The National Judicial Competition, open to students in grades 9-12, is a competitive Appellate Court and Mock Trial competition program that takes place annually in Chicago.

Conference on National Affairs (CONA)

How do I get selected to go to CONA?
CONA delegates are selected to represent North Carolina alongside more than 500 participants from various Youth & Government programs throughout the country. The North Carolina YMCA Youth & Government CONA delegates come out of our Youth Legislature program. The selection process is highly competitive and the 25 students chosen to represent North Carolina are what we consider the best in the nation. 

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.”

Registration Directions

Complete and submit the application by March 15, 2018 at midnight. You can either scan and send to, or mail to
Leigh Dauchert - Youth & Government 801 Corporate Center Dr. Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27607

Applications are reviewed and participants are selected between March 13 -16, 2018. We will communicate to selected participants via email by March 19, 2018.

Registration Fee

Click here to register for CONA  

 The total cost for CONA is $819.00. There are scholarships available, contact for more information. 

Payment Schedule Information 

Deposit $150 – At time of registration

$167.25 draft on 5/1/18, 5/17/18, 6/1/18 and 6/17/18

The registration fee includes: 

  • Conference Registration Fee
  • Lodging
  • All meal/snacks (Friday Dinner - Friday Breakfast, including four-course meal at Red Rocker)
  • Conference Book & T-Shirt
  • Charter Bus Transportation
  • Prep Day - Lunch & Materials 


Prep Day: Thursday, June 12, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conference Dates: June 29 - July 6, 2018
Location: Blue Ridge Assembly Black Mountain, NC

National Judicial Competition (NJC)

How do I get selected for NJC? 
NJC delegates are selected from among those participating in various Youth & Government programs throughout the country. The selection process is highly competitive, awarding 28 delegates the opportunity to participate each year. North Carolina YMCA Youth & Government NJC delegates are selected each year from our Youth Legislature program.

What happens at NJC?
This program brings together Youth & Government participants from around the country to face off in mock trial and appellate court competitions. 

Registration Fee

Click here to register for NJC 
The total cost for NJC $1091. There are scholarships available, contact for more information.

Payment Schedule

Deposit $150 –at time of registration 

$235.25 draft on 5/1/18, 6/1/18, 7/1/18 and 7/17/18

The registration fee includes:

  • Conference Registration Fee
  • River Dinner Boat Cruise
  • Hotel Lodging
  • All Dinners
  • Conference Materials
  • Round Trip Air Fare
  • Chicago Food Tour and Sightseeing
  • Prep Day Materials & Lunch



Prep Day: Dates to be determined, the location will be Raleigh NC. 
Conference Dates: July 30th- August 2nd 
Location: Chicago, Illinois  

Summer Programs | NC Youth & Government


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