YAF's Spring Conference: A Time for Choosing for the Next Generation Details
1. When should I arrive?
You should arrive on Friday afternoon, March 28, for
check-in between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The student reception starts at 6:00 p.m.
2. What time does the conference end?
The conference ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 29. You
will check out of your room on Saturday morning and place your luggage in a
secure luggage storage room for retrieval at the conclusion of the conference.
3. What does the conference fee include?
The $20 conference fee includes Friday night lodging at the Amway
Grand Plaza hotel, conference tuition, conference materials, dinner on Friday
and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
4. What are the activities during the
The event opens with a reception on Friday night, followed
by a dinner banquet. Saturday morning
features breakfast and speaker sessions and Saturday afternoon features speaker
sessions following lunch.
5. Will I have free time during the conference?
No, because the event is only a day long. If you wish to
tour the area, 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. A limited number of hotel rooms may be
available for Saturday stay-overs (for those traveling great distances). Please email Katie at email@example.com for more information.
6. What are the hotel arrangements on Friday
You will be rooming with one person of the same sex. Please request your roommate on your
application, but realize that we cannot guarantee your requested
roommates. We will do our best to
accommodate your preferences. If you
want to make your own arrangements for your own room, you need to notify Young
America’s Foundation by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 28 or you will be
liable for any costs associated with the room you do not use.
7. Can I get my own room at the Amway Grand
Yes, you may pay for your own room and make a reservation
directly by calling 1-800-253-3590. You MUST notify Katie Taran at firstname.lastname@example.org that you are making your own
arrangements/wish not to be on the group rooming list or you will be charged
for the unused room.
8. How many students are expected at this
More than 200 students are expected to attend the conference
from around the state and across the country.
Young America’s Foundation supporters will be invited to participate in
some of the sessions along with students.
9. Are high school students allowed to attend?
Yes, a limited number of outstanding high school students will
be admitted to attend the conference, but you must have your parents’ consent
and they must sign a liability waiver.
Parents are warned that there will likely be a college-like atmosphere
at the event.
10. What is the atmosphere like at the
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. Anyone not obeying the law
will be prosecuted by local police and subject to removal from the conference
at his own expense.
11. If traveling via airplane, to which airport
do I fly?
You should fly to Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
12. How will I get to and from the airport and
Gerald Ford International Airport is located about 13 miles
from the conference hotel. Due to the
amount of people attending the conference, Young America’s Foundation is unable
to provide a shuttling service at this time.
We suggest groups of students hail cabs to the hotel together to reduce
13. What is the dress code for this conference?
You need to wear business professional dress to the dinner
banquet on Friday night and business casual clothing during the Saturday
14. What are the terms and conditions of this
that I must attend all sessions of the Freedom Conference to be held March
28 and 29. If I do not attend, I
will be charged the full cost of the conference and events, including the
hotel, food, and associated charges, which is $500.00 per attendee, except in
the case of an emergency. I must notify
Young America's Foundation of my inability to attend before February 28, 2014
at 5:00 PM EST to avoid these charges.
I understand that the conference fee indicated above is
non-refundable, unless I notify Young America’s Foundation by 5:00 p.m. EST on
Friday, February 28, 2014.
I understand I will be assigned a roommate for the
conference, unless I indicate on the
application form that I am making my own hotel arrangements. 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 contact the Amway Grand
Plaza Hotel at 1-800-253-3590 AND notify
Young America's Foundation of my plan immediately to avoid the charges listed
in item 1.
I agree to all rules listed here and promise to abide
by all rules and instructions of Young America's Foundation and the Amway Grand
Plaza Hotel during the conference. If I
am signing others up on their behalf, I understand I am responsible for making
sure they understand and abide by these rules, including any costs associated
with failure to attend, as listed in item 1.
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,
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