YAF’s College Conference at the Reagan Ranch 2012 Frequently Answered Questions
1. When should I arrive?
You should arrive on Friday, November 9, for check-in at the Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street in Santa Barbara, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The student conference starts at 1:00 pm on Friday. You will have time to check in to your hotel between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Friday.
If you are not present at the 1:00 pm session on Friday, you will not be permitted to attend the Friday night dinner banquet.
2. What time does the conference end?
The conference ends at about 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 10. You will check out of your room on Saturday morning, and there will be a luggage storage room in each hotel.
3. What is the conference fee and what does it include? Are scholarships available?
The conference fee of $35 (or $20 if you apply before October 17) includes Friday night at a Santa Barbara hotel, conference tuition including transportation to and a tour of the Reagan Ranch, conference materials, dinner Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Limited travel scholarships may also be available – please contact us for details.
4. What are the activities during the conference?
The event opens with speakers on Friday afternoon, followed by a dinner banquet. Saturday’s sessions include speakers at the Reagan Ranch Center, a tour of the Reagan Ranch, and a barbeque at the Ranch.
5. Will I have free time during the conference?
No. If you wish to tour Santa Barbara, please make your own plans to arrive on Thursday night or stay through Saturday night and Sunday. Young America’s Foundation only covers your hotel room on Friday night.
6. What are the hotel arrangements on Friday night?
You will be rooming with another person. We cannot guarantee your requested roommates but we will do our best to accommodate your preferences. If you live in Santa Barbara County, you will not be given a hotel room on Friday night.
7. How many students are expected at this conference?
100 students are expected to attend the conference from around the country. About 75 of Young America’s Foundation’s financial supporters will also participate in the sessions along with you.
8. What is the atmosphere like at the conference?
The atmosphere of this conference is similar to a normal college or university. As such, there may be drinking or smoking by those obeying all applicable local and hotel regulations. Those not obeying the law will be prosecuted by local police and subject to removal from the conference at their own expense.
9. Which airport do I fly to?
You should fly to Santa Barbara - SBA if possible, or you can arrive at Los Angeles International Airport – LAX and take a bus to Santa Barbara through the Santa Barbara Airbus. Please note that LAX is more than 2 hours away.
10. How will I get to and from the airport and the conference?
There are ground transportation options available from the Santa Barbara airport including taxis, airport buses, and rental vehicles. Young America’s Foundation does not provide airport shuttles.
11. Can I take the bus?
Yes, Greyhound has buses to downtown Santa Barbara. The Greyhound station is located adjacent to the Reagan Ranch Center and is very convenient.
12. Can I take the train?
Yes, Amtrak runs trains through Santa Barbara on the Pacific Surfliner route. The train station is located adjacent to the Reagan Ranch Center and is very convenient.
13. What is the dress for this conference?
Dress for the Friday afternoon sessions is business casual. This means slacks, collared shirt and tie for the gentlemen and skirts or slacks and a blouse for the ladies. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire. You may change once you arrive at the Reagan Ranch Center. Dress for the Friday evening reception and banquet will be business. This means a suit for the gentlemen and a suit or dress for the ladies. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire. Dress for Saturday’s daytime sessions is casual but respectful. You will go straight to the Ranch from morning sessions and will not have time to change. Please wear comfortable shoes (no heels for ladies) and bring a light jacket. Jeans are acceptable as long as there are no holes or tears.
14. What are the terms and conditions of this conference to which I agreed in my application?
a) I understand that I am applying for a limited number of available spaces at this conference and I may not be chosen to attend. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You need to notify Young America's Foundation by October 26 if you need to cancel for any reason. You will not be charged if you are not chosen to attend. There are no refunds to the conference fee but you will only be charged if you are accepted to attend.
b) I must attend all sessions of the YAF’s College Conference at the Reagan Ranch. If I do not attend all functions, I will be charged the full cost of the conference and/or event(s), including the hotel, food, and conference costs, which total $1,000 per attendee. I must notify Young America’s Foundation by Friday, October 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET of my inability to attend or I will be charged.
c) I understand that the conference fee is not refundable if I cancel after October 26, 2012 except in case of emergency.
d) I understand I will be assigned roommates for the conference. I may request preferred roommates of the same sex, but there is a chance I may not be able to room with them. If I want to guarantee a room to myself or ensure specific roommates, I will be completely responsible for my own hotel accommodations and must notify Young America's Foundation of my plan before October 26, 2012 to avoid a charge.
e) I agree to abide by all rules and instructions of Young America’s Foundation, and to obey all laws. I agree to notify Young America’s Foundation’s staff immediately if a problem arises during the conference.
f) Young America's Foundation uses real photos, videos, and quotes from our students for promotional purposes. By attending this program, I consent to the use of my photo, written evaluation statements, and video in any Young America's Foundation materials.
g) I understand that I will not be charged if I am not chosen to attend this conference but I will be charged if I do not show or am chosen but fail to cancel before the deadline.