The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA) was started in 1968 as a follow-up to the outstanding state Youth in Government programs conducted by the YMCA throughout the US. The success of the conference is directly attributed to the leadership of many YMCA professionals but primarily to the dedication of the youth involved.

Every summer, teens from around the nation gather in Black Mountain, North Carolina for this weeklong conference that focuses on matters of national attention and importance. Upwards of thirty states participate, each sending up to 24 delegates who have written carefully-researched proposals.

CONA offers unique opportunities for young people to do research on subjects of national and international concern, organize this information into a documented proposal, engage in intensive discussion, and debate these proposals with delegates from other states. Teens who have participated in the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs are unanimous in their belief that this experience makes a vital contribution in helping young citizens to learn more about the democratic form of government.

2019 CONA Information

Conference Dates: June 29-July 4, 2019

Travel Dates: Depart Wisconsin on Thursday, June 27; Return to Wisconsin on Friday, July 5 (Pick-up and drop-off locations TBD)

Cost: $900
Includes conference registration, lodging, onsite meals, chartered bus transportation, delegation dinner in Black Mountain, NC

Application: Click here to fill out a CONA application

CONA Bid Acceptance Form: Click here to accept your bid to CONA
**This form is to be filled out by all Wisconsin delegates who are accepting their bid to CONA. If you received your CONA bid while at Model Gov, this form must be submitted by March 17. If you do not plan to use your CONA bid, please contact Jen to let her know.

Registration Form: Click here to download the registration form
**This is only to be filled out by delegates who have received a bid to CONA

Financial Assistance Request Form: Click here to download the CONA financial assistance request form

CONA website
CONA packing list
Mountain Manual

CONA 2019 Wisconsin Delegation Dates/Deadlines:
March 3, 2019 | CONA bids awarded at Model Government

March 17, 2019 | Students with bids must declare intentions & pay $100 deposit
March 22, 2019 | CONA applications due from those who did not receive bids at Model Gov
March 25, 2019 | Remaining CONA bids & alternates announced
March 31, 2019 | CONA delegate conference call; registration form & online registration due. $100 deposit due for those who were not announced at Model Gov.
April 20, 2019 | Initial payment due ($400, or $800 for full payment)
April 28, 2019| CONA retreat in Stevens Point (draft proposal due)
May 9, 2019 | Proposals due to be submitted through Regy
May 19, 2019| CONA retreat in Door County
June 15, 2019 | Program fees paid in full

Payments can be made via check to:

Wisconsin YMCA Youth in Government
c/o Eau Claire YMCA

700 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire, WI  54701

Online credit card payments will also be available – contact Jen to set up an account and learn more