By Kyle Jillson | August 12 2014 12:50

The Mountain State to debut NRA's newest state-level Y.E.S. October 16

Top Shot Season 4 champion Chris Cheng with the 2013 NRA Youth Education Summit's top shooters

Fairfax, Virginia - Each year the NRA selects a couple dozen exceptional high school students to attend its National Youth Education Summit, a seven day educational experience in Washington, D.C. Students spend the week touring the memorials and monuments around our nation’s capital while learning the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen.

Some students are selected after submitting an application, but an increasing number of attendees reach Y.E.S. from a state-level program that graduates the top candidate(s) on to the national summit. Starting in 2002 these state Y.E.S. programs have popped up in Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and now West Virginia.

Similar to the National Y.E.S., the state programs introduce high school students to their state government and the roles that future generations of voters will play. A special emphasis is also placed on the benefits of firearms ownership and the importance of defending our Second Amendment.

The West Virginia Y.E.S. will be held Thursday October 16 through Sunday October 19 in the state capital of Charleston. If you're a West Virginia high school sophomore or junior that would like to attend the National Y.E.S. or just learn more about your own state government, fill out an application and get it in by October 10! In addition to general contact information, applications require the student meet a minimum 3.0 GPA and write a short essay.

Questions? Contact Event Chair Rodney Black at (304) 942-6225 or

Remember that if your state has its own Y.E.S. program, you must participate in order to be eligible for the National Y.E.S. Good luck to all Y.E.S. hopefuls and we look forward to which of you will join us next summer here in Washington, D.C.


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