Thursday, January 13, 2011

An Experience of a Lifetime

In my current job, I work with a lot of college students.  Interviewing, hiring and overseeing them as interns.  I've developed some great relationships with a few of them and like to keep up with their progress after their internships are over.  I know college can be a daunting time in life, especially with the pressure of deciding what path you want to pursue for the rest of your life.  I'm also fully aware of what an amazingly fun time college can be as well and maybe you don't always have the career goals at the front and center of your brain.  I want them all to succeed in life so I've found myself sending them information about other internships, scholarships and job opportunities that I think would fit them well.

I recently saw that the National Rifle Association is taking applications for their National Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.).  This won't benefit any of the college kids that I work with as it's aimed towards high school students, but I thought maybe one of my readers would know someone that it could benefit so I wanted to pass it along. 

If you aren't familiar with the Y.E.S. Summit, it began in 1996 as an effort to encourage America's youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens. The Summit is a seven-day, expense-paid leadership week in Washington, D.C. Each year, the NRA selects the best and the brightest students to visit the nation's capital where participants learn the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of federal government and the importance of active participation. Students tour the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives Museum, the Pentagon, the NRA National Firearms Museum, and many of the memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C.

Students also have the opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 in college scholarships, awarded to those who excel during the week’s activities, including individual speeches and debates. Students also compete for a $20,000 scholarship after they attend Y.E.S. Each participant has eight months to develop a portfolio describing how he or she promoted NRA programs, such as the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program, in the participant’s community.

Current high school sophomores and juniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply. 

It sounds like an amazing experience that any high school student could benefit from.  I wish I would've known about it when I was in school! 

For an application just click here

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