National High School Leadership Conference Details
July 9 to 12, 2014, Chevy Chase, Maryland
When should I arrive?
You should arrive between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July
9. The conference starts at 6:00 p.m. at the National 4-H Youth
Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
What time does the conference end?
Checking out of the conference and the 4-H Center will occur Saturday
morning, July 12. We recommend
flights depart between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, as the
airport shuttles will run during those hours.
To which airport do I fly?
You should fly to Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), because it is the
most convenient to the 4-H Center, but we will also pick up students at Washington
Dulles International Airport (IAD). We do not provide a
shuttle from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), as that
airport is located a substantial distance from the 4-H Center and we are
limited in the staff we can allocate to airport pick-up and drop-off. Students arriving at BWI will be
responsible for making their own arrangements for getting to the National 4-H
How will students 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) at the baggage claim and will be taken in a shuttle bus to the
4-H Center. They may have to wait at the airport for the next shuttle to
arrive. The specific times of these
shuttles will be determined once students submit their travel information forms. Students will receive an email with these details
no later than Monday, July 7.
What if I take the train?
We also pick up students from Union Station in Washington, D.C. which is a
hub for Amtrak and within walking distance of the Greyhound bus terminal.
Please arrange to arrive
between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 and depart
between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with some language regarding
your financial need. 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 $2,000 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 this sponsorship opportunity, please contact Young
America's Foundation Vice President Kimberly Begg at email@example.com or call 800-USA-1776.
Please notify us separately if your gift is intended for a specific student.
Will there be supervision during the weekend?
Yes, students will be supervised by Young America’s Foundation staff members
who will chaperone the students the entire weekend. Students are expected
to behave appropriately or will be told to leave the conference at their
parent's expense. The 4-H Center enforces a curfew each evening, and
students must abide by their rules. Both parents and students will need
to sign a responsibility pledge when the conference approaches.
What are the activities during the conference?
The event kicks off with a dinner banquet on Wednesday night, and Thursday
and Friday will feature speakers and discussion sessions. The conference
concludes with a tour of the monuments in Washington, D.C. on Friday
Will students have free time during the conference?
No, because the event is only three days long. If you wish to tour
Washington, D.C., you need to make your own plans to arrive early or stay
late. Young America’s Foundation only covers your lodging on Wednesday
through Friday nights, and we are unable to accommodate or supervise you at any
What does the conference fee include?
The conference fee ($100 if you register by May 30, $175 if you register
after) includes three nights in the dormitories at the National 4-H Youth Conference
Center, conference tuition, materials, and meals from Wednesday dinner through
What is the dress for this conference?
You need to wear business professional attire to the dinner banquets on
Wednesday and Thursday nights and business casual clothing during the daytime
sessions. Please pack an umbrella and comfortable, casual clothing and
shoes for the Washington, D.C. tour as it may be very hot and/or raining during
the tour. You will receive more detailed information as the conference
What are the living arrangements?
Students will have one or more roommates of the same sex for the conference
in the dormitories at the 4-H Center. The registration form contains a
blank in which you can request a roommate, and we will do our best to
accommodate those requests. Linens are provided.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to call Katie Taran at 800-USA-1776, or email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions.
How many students are expected for the conference?
More than 100 students are expected to attend the conference.
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 immediately.
b) I must attend all sessions of the National High School Leadership
Conference. 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 $2,000 per attendee.
c) Except in case of emergency, I must notify Young America’s Foundation by
June 20, 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 June 20, 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 the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 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 our
students for promotional purposes and to advance our 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.