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2012 National High School Leadership Conference

Frequently Answered Questions

When should I arrive? 

You should arrive on Wednesday, July 11, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.  The conference starts at approximately 6 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 14.  We recommend flights depart between 9a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, and the airport shuttles will run during those hours. 

To which airport do I fly?

You should fly to Ronald Reagan National Airport, because it is the most convenient to the National 4-H Center, but we will also pick up students at Washington/Dulles International Airport. We do not provide a shuttle from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), as that airport is located a substantial distance from the National 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 Center, but we can help make arrangements for a Super Shuttle with an Foundation intern to escort the students.

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 passenger van to the 4-H Center.  The specific times of these shuttles will be determined once students submit their travel information about two weeks before the conference. 

Are tuition waivers available?

Tuition waivers may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need.  If you have financial need, please add a section to your application essay about why you have this need, and we will consider your request.  

Can I sponsor a student to attend this program? 

Yes!  Your generous tax-deductible gift of $1,000 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 these and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Young America's Foundation Vice President Richard Kimble at, call 800-USA-1776, or donate now.  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 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 arrive between 12 p.m. and 4p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 and depart between 9a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 14

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 question and answer sessions.  The conference concludes with a tour of Washington, D.C. and its monuments on Friday night.   

 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 other time.   

 What does the conference fee include?

The conference fee ($200 if you register by June 1, $275 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 Saturday breakfast.    

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 later.     

What are the living arrangements? 

Students will have one or more roommates of the same sex for the weekend 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? 

You will receive information in the mail when the conference gets closer about what to wear, what to expect, what is ont he schedule, and your travel information.  This packet will also contain parental waiver forms to return prior to your participation.  Please feel free to call Katie Taran at 800-USA-1776, or email her at if you have any specific questions.     

How many students are expected for the conference? 

More than 100 students are expected to attend the conference. 

  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 I may not be chosen to attend.  Completed applications are due June 29, 2012 and decisions will be made on who can attend within two weeks of our receipt of your completed application.  You need to notify Young America's Foundation by June 29, 2012 if you need to cancel for any reason.  I will not be charged unless I am chosen to attend.  There are no refunds to the conference fee once charged, and no one will be charged unless they are accepted to attend.       

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 $1,000 per attendee.  Unless there is an emergency, I must notify Young America’s Foundation by June 29, 2012 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.

c) I understand that the conference fee is not refundable if I cancel after June 29, 2012.

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 notifying Young America's Foundation of my alternate arrangements before June 8, 2012.

e) I agree to abide by all rules and instructions of Young America’s Foundation and the National 4-H 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.

f) 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.

g) I understand that I will not be charged anything if I am not chosen to attend this conference.


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