YAF's 2014 High School Conference at the Reagan Ranch Details
When should I arrive?
You should arrive during the afternoon on Thursday, March 20, and check in
at the Reagan Ranch Center. Registration will begin starting at 2:00 p.m. This
is where you will receive your hotel assignment. Room keys will be
available at the hotels at 3:00 p.m., but students can peruse the Exhibit
Galleries at the Reagan Ranch Center if they arrive before then. Students will
be assigned to a room at one of two conference hotels, the Avania Inn or the Mason Beach
Inn. Shuttle vans will be available from Santa Barbara
airport, escorted by a member of our staff (see below).
What time does the conference end?
The conference ends Saturday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. We recommend
flights depart on Saturday night, March 22 after 6:30 p.m. Shuttles to
the airport will operate starting at about 5:30 p.m. that day. We do not
provide a hotel room for Saturday night, so you will need to make your own
accommodations if you need to stay Saturday night, or call us and we may be
able to help.
Is tuition assistance available?
Tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with
demonstrable financial need. If you have financial need, please email a
brief essay (no more than a page) to Katie Taran at email@example.com with some language regarding
your financial need and what you hope to gain by attending the conference. We cannot consider your request until we
receive this essay.
Can I sponsor a student to attend this program?
Yes! Your generous tax-deductible gift of $1350 will allow Young
America's Foundation to host a student at this program who could not otherwise
attend. You can designate a specific student you know to attend, or
sponsor a student who is receiving free tuition as a result of financial
need. For more information about these and other sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Young America's Foundation Vice President Richard Kimble at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-USA-1776.
To which airport do I fly?
You should fly to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) if possible, or you can arrive
at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and take a 2-hour bus to Santa
Barbara through the Santa Barbara Airbus (Please visit www.sbairbus.com for more information) Another option is to
fly to Burbank airport and take the Amtrak train to Santa Barbara, but this
option will add several hours to your arrival.
How will I get to and from the airport and the conference?
Students will be picked up by a Young America’s Foundation staff member
(with a sign) just outside the baggage claim area on the curb and will be taken
in a shuttle bus to the Reagan Ranch Center. The specific times of these
shuttles will be determined once students submit their travel information forms
about two weeks before the conference, but they will run on Thursday afternoon,
March 20 and Saturday night, March 22. You may have to wait in the
airport for the next shuttle to arrive. We will not be able to
accommodate you if you arrive or depart at other times.
Can I take the bus?
Yes, Greyhound has buses to downtown Santa Barbara, but they are not
within walking distance of the Reagan Ranch Center or the hotels. You can
take a taxi to the hotels from the bus stop. Please visit www.greyhound.com for more information
on this option.
Can I take the train?
Yes, Amtrak runs trains through Santa Barbara on its Pacific Surfliner
route, which spans from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The train station
is located right in front of the Reagan Ranch Center and is a short walk to the
hotels. Please visit www.amtrakcalifornia.com
for more information on this option.
Will there be supervision during the weekend?
Yes, students will be supervised by several staff members who will be
chaperones, and stay in the same hotels, for the whole event. Students
are expected to behave appropriately or will have to leave the conference at
their parents’ expense. Parents need to sign the waiver form and
responsibility pledge that will be sent to students prior to the event.
Will students have free time during the conference?
No, because the event is only two days long. If you wish to tour Santa
Barbara, please make your own plans to arrive on Wednesday night or stay
through Saturday night and Sunday. Young America’s Foundation only covers
your hotel room on Thursday and Friday nights, and you will check out on
Saturday morning before the sessions. A luggage storage room will be
Are parents and family members invited to attend the program?
Parents and grandparents are invited to the opening dinner banquet on
Thursday, March 20 at the Reagan Ranch Center and to other portions of the
program. Further details will be included in the confirmation packet sent
to students and parents in the weeks preceding the conference.
What does the conference fee include?
The conference fee ($100 if you apply by February 21, $175 after the
early-bird deadline) includes two nights at a Santa Barbara hotel, conference
tuition, materials, and meals from Thursday dinner through Saturday
What is the dress code for this conference?
for the opening dinner banquet will be business professional. This means a suit for the gentlemen and a suit
or dress for the ladies. Jeans, shorts,
and t-shirts are not acceptable attire.
for Friday morning’s sessions and the afternoon trip up to the Ranch is casual,
but respectful. Please pack warm,
layered clothes and bring a jacket as it tends to get cold up on the mountain. Jeans are acceptable as long as there are no
holes or tears. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes
for Friday’s dinner banquet and Saturday’s sessions in business casual. This
means slacks, polo shirts or button-up shirts, sweaters, etc. Jeans,
shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire.
Reagan Ranch Center is about a 10-minute walk from the hotels, so ladies who
wear high heels may want to consider wearing commuter-friendly shoes for the
walks and then slipping into heels upon arriving at the Center.***
What are the activities during the conference?
Thursday night will feature the opening banquet, to which parents and
grandparents are invited. Friday will feature speakers and
question-and-answer sessions, a luncheon, a trip up to and tour of the Reagan
Ranch, and an evening dinner banquet. Saturday
features more speakers and question-and-answer sessions in the morning and
afternoon, separated by a luncheon. Students will receive a detailed agenda via
email prior to the conference.
What are the living arrangements?
Students will have one or two roommates of the same sex for Thursday and
Friday night at the conference hotels. The registration form contains a
blank in which you can request a roommate, and we will do our best to
accommodate your requests.
What are the terms and conditions of the conference?
a) I understand that I am applying for a limited amount of space at this
conference and that my application is subject to confirmation. I will be
notified within two weeks of submitting my application whether I have been
accepted to the conference. In the event
I have not been accepted, my charge will be refunded by a check mailed to the
address provided when I registered.
b) I must attend all sessions of the High School 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 $1,350 per attendee.
c) Except in case of emergency, I must notify Young America’s Foundation by February
28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST of my inability to attend, or I will be charged the
supplemental fee since it is too late to give my spot to another student.
d) I understand that the conference fee is not refundable if I cancel
my participation after February 28, 2014.
e) 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.
f) 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.
g) Young America's Foundation uses real photos, videos, and quotes from
students for promotional purposes and to advance its mission. By attending
this program, I consent to the use of my photo, written evaluation statements,
and video in any Young America's Foundation materials.