2022 Conference on National Affairs 

The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA), which takes place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC, will be IN-PERSON for the first time in two years!  CONA gives high school students from across the state the opportunity to convene and discuss issues facing society with peers throughout the country. In preparation, students write original proposals focusing on national and international concerns and refine their oratory and debate skills during a fun-filled pre-conference trip. During the conference, delegates engage in intensive discussion and debate while taking in a wide array of perspectives. The conference offers an opportunity for students to critically think about the nation, network with peers from different parts of the country, and have fun in the spirit of lively debate. 

Only participants from this year's 74th MLC Program can be selected for a spot in the California delegation. Up to 25 delegates and 4 alternates will be selected.  Please find the 2022 application form below and note all important deadlines and information. 

CONA Dates: June 28-July 8, 2022

Training Conference: April 30-May 1, 2022 | Location TBD

Virtual Meetings: 

  • March 31, 6pm-7pm, Zoom Meeting (Link will be sent via email)
  • April 14, 6pm-7pm, Zoom Meeting (Link coming soon)
  • May 12, 6pm-7pm, Zoom Meeting (Link coming soon)
  • June 16, 6pm-7pm, Zoom Meeting (Link coming soon)

Program Fee: $1,500

  • Includes Everything except transportation to/from home airport

Application submissions close on Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Apply Here


Need-Based scholarships are available.  Complete our Financial Assistance application here.

CONA California Delegation Advisors are the following:

  • Cathy Saliba
  • Kathy Yoshii
  • Nick Vairo (Statewide CONA Director)

For more information view our CONA FAQ Sheet or email CONA@ymcaLA.org.