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Reagan Ranch High School Conference Frequently Answered Questions

March 21 to 23, 2013  

Santa Barbara, California  

When should I arrive? 

You should arrive during the afternoon on Thursday, March 21 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 Franciscan 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 23 at 5:00 p.m.  We recommend flights depart on Saturday night, March 23 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. Please call us if you need to stay Saturday night, as we may be able to help students traveling long distances. 

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 one page) to Katie at with some language regarding your financial need and what you hope to gain from the conference.  We cannot provide assistance 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 or call 800-USA-1776.            

To which airport do I fly?

You should fly to Santa Barbara - SBA airport 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.  Another option is to fly to Burbank airport and take Amtrak to Santa Barbara (see below).  There is an Amtrak station at the Burbank airport, 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) at the baggage claim 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 21, and Saturday night, March 23.  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 conference.  You can take a taxi to the hotels from the bus stop. 

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 a short walk to the hotels. 

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 provided.     

Are parents and family members invited to attend the program?

Parents and family members are invited to the opening dinner banquet on Thursday night, March 21, at the Reagan Ranch Center, the luncheon on Saturday, March 23, at the Reagan Ranch Center and an exclusive tour of the Reagan Ranch. Further details will be announced when the event approaches.         

What does the conference fee include?

The conference fee ($100 if you apply by February 22, $175 after the early-bird deadline) includes two nights at a Santa Barbara hotel, conference tuition, materials, and meals from Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch.    

What is the dress for this conference? 

You need to wear business professional attire to the dinner banquets on Thursday and Friday nights and business casual clothing during the daytime sessions.  Please pack warm, layered clothing for the Reagan Ranch tour as it may be cold on the mountain.  You will receive more detailed information later.     

What are the activities during the conference?

Thursday night will feature the opening banquet, to which parents and grandparents are invited.  Friday afternoon there will be a tour of the Reagan Ranch, and the rest of the day will feature speakers and question-and-answer sessions.  The conference concludes with sessions on Saturday at the Reagan Ranch Center until 5:00 p.m.  Students will receive a detailed agenda in the mail and via email.  

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 I may not be chosen to attend.  I need to notify Young America's Foundation by March 8, 2013 if I need to cancel for any reason.  I will not be charged unless I am chosen and plan to attend.  There are no refunds to the fee once charged, and no one will be charged unless they are accepted to attend.   

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. I must notify Young America’s Foundation by March 8, 2013 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 unless I cancel before March 8, 2013.

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 March 8, 2013 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 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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