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National High School Leadership Conference

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Your Crash-Course in Defending Freedom


  • Meet lifelong friends who won’t cancel you over a disagreement
  • Meet your conservative heroes
  • Discover ways to debate liberal ideas in class
  • Explore the nation’s capital with your friends
  • Spend 4 nights in a DC-area hotel with only one roommate
  • Talk one-on-one with YAF staff about how to be the voice of conservative ideas on your campus
  • A $1,000 value at only $100 for you
  • Your hotel and meals covered during the program
  • Plus, your flight can be free too (more info in FAQs)


Who? High school students who want to celebrate and learn the greatness of the United States

What? A 4-day program featuring your conservative heroes, friends from around the country, and a tour of the National Mall

When? July 5-8! What better way to celebrate our independence?!

Where? Most of the programming will take place at our national headquarters in Reston, VA. A twilight tour of the National Mall will also be included

How much? this program costs $1,500 per person to put on, but you only pay $100–including your hotel room, meals, and swag

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Young America's Foundation
11480 Commerce Park Drive
Reston, VA 20191

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Emily Jashinsky

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