YMCA Youth Conference On National Affairs

  • What is the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA)?

The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs started in 1968 in Stone Mountain, GA.  This conference gives high school students from across the country the opportunity to research, present, and debate issues of national and international importance.

  • When does CONA take place?

CONA takes place each summer during the first week of July.

  • Where does CONA take place?

CONA takes place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.

  • Who participates in CONA?

Approximately 700 high school students from YMCA Youth & Government programs across the country participate in CONA each year.  The YMCA DC Youth & Government program takes approximately 10 students to CONA each year.

  • How can I get involved?

YMCA DC Youth & Government delegates to CONA are selected at the conclusion of the Legislative Weekend conference.  Recipients display exemplary skills in diplomacy and performance in debate, are generally well-rounded, courteous individuals willing to assist their fellow delegates while exhibiting strong debate, speaking, and research skills, and demonstrate a high-level of maturity of character, poise under pressure, courtesy to fellow delegates, advisors, and guests.