You should arrive during the afternoon on Wednesday 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 Avania Inn or the Best Western Beachside Inn. Shuttle vans will be available from Santa Barbara airport, escorted by a member of our staff (see below).
The conference ends Saturday at 5:00 p.m. We recommend flights depart on Saturday night 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 if you want to stay Saturday night.
If the only returning flight would leave your student in an airport overnight for a layover, we are able to provide accommodations Saturday night and get them to the airport Sunday.
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.
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:
Language regarding your financial need
We will not consider your request until we receive this completed essay. Travel assistance essays are due three weeks prior to the event.
Yes! Your generous tax-deductible gift of $2,000 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 development officer Haley Jones at email@example.com or call 888-USA-1776.
If you can no longer attend for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and indicate for which conference you need to cancel. Please note-you will not receive a response.
If you cancel prior to the deadline, you will receive a full refund. Please check your card statement to verify your refund was processed.
You should fly to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) 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 (Please visitwww.sbairbus.com for more information) Another option is to fly to Burbank airport and take the Amtrak train to Santa Barbara, but this option will add several hours to your trip.
Students will be picked up by a Young America’s Foundation staff member (with a sign) just outside the baggage claim area on the curb 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 and sent to the students a day or two before the conference, but they will run on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday night. 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 outside the conference schedule times.
Yes, Greyhound has buses to downtown Santa Barbara, but they are not within walking distance of the Reagan Ranch Center or the hotels. You can take a taxi to the Reagan Ranch Center from the bus stop. Please visit www.greyhound.com for more information on this option.
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 is a short walk to the hotels. Please visit www.amtrakcalifornia.com for more information on this option.
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.
Even if a student is 18, they are still expected to abide by all rules are curfew.
No, because the event is only three days long, there is minimal free time. If you wish to tour Santa Barbara, please make your own plans to arrive on Tuesday night or stay through Saturday night and Sunday. Young America’s Foundation only covers your hotel room on Wednesday and Friday nights, and you will check out on Saturday morning before the sessions. A luggage storage room will be provided.
Parents and grandparents are invited to the opening dinner banquet on Wednesday, at the Reagan Ranch Center and to other portions of the program. Further details will be mailed to students and parents in the weeks preceding the conference
The conference fee includes three nights at a Santa Barbara hotel, conference tuition, materials, and meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday lunch.
Dress for the dinner banquets will be business professional. This means a suit for the gentlemen and a suit or dress for the ladies. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire.
Dress for Friday morning’s sessions and the afternoon trip up to the Ranch is casual, but respectful. Please pack layered clothes and bring a jacket as it tends to get cold up on the mountain. Jeans are acceptable as long as there are no holes or tears. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes
Dress for Thursday and Saturday’s sessions is business casual. This means slacks, polo shirts or button-up shirts, sweaters, etc. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire.
***The Reagan Ranch Center is about a 10-minute walk from the hotels, so ladies who wear high heels may want to consider wearing commuter-friendly shoes for the walks and then slipping into heels upon arriving at the Center.***
Wednesday night will feature the opening banquet, to which parents and grandparents are invited. Thursday features more speakers and question-and-answer sessions in the morning and afternoon, separated by a luncheon followed by a dinner in the evening. Friday will feature speakers and question-and-answer sessions, a luncheon, a trip up to and tour of the Reagan Ranch, and an evening dinner banquet. Saturday features more speakers and question-and-answer sessions in the morning and afternoon, separated by a luncheon. Students will receive a detailed agenda via email prior to the conference.
Students will have one or two roommates of the same sex for Wednesday night through 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.
Terms and Conditions:
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 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 $2,000 per attendee.
c) Except in case of emergency, I must notify Young America’s Foundation by September 2, 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 September 2, 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) 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.
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