The YMCA’s Conference on National Affairs (CONA) is a national version of Youth in Government. For six days, students surround themselves with the breath taking scenery and intellectual environment of Black Mountain, North Carolina. At the conference, delegates will present and debate proposals they have previously prepared with fellow delegates from across the nation. A proposal, similar to a bill, is a well thought out idea that would potentially impact our country on a federal level. Out of the 700 proposals that come to CONA, only 10 will make it to the final round, Plenary Session. Once there, these 10 proposals are debated by everyone at the conference and will either pass or fail.

Students increase their odds of going to CONA by actively engaging and participating at the state conference. All students interested in attending CONA must apply to be considered. For more information, contact the State Director or an officer.

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