You should arrive on Friday afternoon for check-in between 12:00 pm and 1:45 pm. We will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m., so please plan to be on time. Young America’s Foundation will offer a shuttle from the Westin Reston Heights Hotel at 1:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon. If you are arriving by car on Friday, please plan to drive straight to our headquarters, located at 11480 Commerce Park Drive, 6th Floor, Reston, VA 20191.
The conference ends at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Departure from the conference will take place Sunday. You will need to check out of your room on Sunday morning by 11:00 a.m.
The agenda will be emailed to you a day or two prior to the conference. You will also be provided with a copy in your student materials at check in.
The $45 seminar fee includes seminar tuition, all materials, Friday and Saturday night lodging at the Westin Reston Heights Hotel, and four meals from Friday dinner to Saturday dinner.
While travel assistance is never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests. Travel assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with financial need. If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes:
Tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with financial need. If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to Jolie Ballantyne at email@example.com with some language regarding your financial need and what you hope to gain by attending the conference. We cannot consider your request until we receive this essay.
The event opens with a welcome and introduction to the program on Friday afternoon, followed by speaker sessions, a short break, and dinner. Saturday morning features breakfast and speaker sessions, and Saturday afternoon features speaker sessions following lunch. Students will have a break to change for dinner and the final speaking session on Saturday evening.
No, because the event is only about a day long. If you wish to tour the area, please make your own plans to arrive on Thursday or stay through Sunday night. Young America’s Foundation only covers your hotel room on Friday and Saturday nights.
You will be rooming with at least one person of the same sex. Please feel free to 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, September 2, or you will be liable for any costs associated with the room you do not use.
Yes, you may pay for your own room and make a reservation directly by calling the Westin Reston Heights Hotel. You MUST notify Jolie Ballantyne 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.
Approximately 100 students are expected to attend the program from across the country. Young America’s Foundation supporters may be invited to participate in some of the sessions along with students.
This program is open only to high school students at this time. College students are encouraged to attend the Road to Freedom Seminar instead.
You should fly to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). An alternate option is to arrive at Washington Reagan National (DCA) and take the metro, but this will add about an hour and a half to your arrival. You would take the metro to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station at the end of the Silver Line. Our headquarters is about a 10-minute walk from the station.
If you fly to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), YAF will provide a shuttle. Exact shuttle times will be emailed to students the week of the conference.
You must wear business professional attire to the dinner banquets on Friday and Saturday nights and business casual clothing during the Friday and Saturday daytime sessions. Denim is not allowed. Ladies should ensure that dresses or skirts are of an appropriate length.
Conference updates will be posted on Twitter (@YAF and @Y_A_Freedom) and Instagram (@YAF_). Lectures will be livestreamed on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/YAFTV.
Pictures from the photo lines and conference events will be posted on the Young America’s Foundation Facebook page following the event. Photos may take several weeks, please be patient.
Yes, you are welcome to bring items to be autographed, however, we cannot guarantee the speakers will be able to sign them. Please do not ask speakers for autographs or photos during the Q&A portions of their lectures. We will do our best to help you with these requests, but our speakers have very busy schedule and may not have time allotted for photos and signings.
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 by a check mailed to the address provided when I registered.
b) I must attend all sessions of the 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.
c) Except in case of emergency, I must notify Young America’s Foundation by August 13, 2019, 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 August 13, 2019.
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 to obey all laws. I agree to notify Young America’s Foundation’s staff immediately if a problem arises during the conference.
g) I understand that YAF will be adding my email address to its email list for updates for this conference and notifications of future events.
h) Young America’s Foundation uses real photos, videos, and quotes from students for promotional purposes and to advance its 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.
Hear the truth about socialism and big government. Learn about the incredible benefits of free enterprise and entrepreneurship. Find out what your teachers and textbooks may not be telling you.
Young America’s Foundation’s High School Free Enterprise Leaders Conference is a unique, life-changing program designed specifically for high school students and framed as a “crash course” in business and economics. No prior knowledge or involvement in these areas is required to attend.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
BENEFITS FOR YOU:
At this conference, you will participate in interactive sessions with the most respected leaders in the business and economic fields.
You will leave a more informed student, a stronger leader, and a more passionate activist.
COST: The $45 seminar fee includes seminar tuition, all materials, Friday and Saturday night lodging at the Westin Reston Heights Hotel, and four meals from Friday dinner to Saturday dinner.
While travel assistance is never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests.
Travel assistance may be available on