CONA (Conference on National Affairs)

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.

2021 CONA Information

Conference Dates: 

June 26-July 1, 2021 **fully virtual!**



Program Area Options: 

THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR!  For 2021, state delegations will be able to bring a maximum of 30 delegates for the legislative program, plus media delegates. The media program has a separate application and acceptance is not guaranteed - if you do not get accepted into the media program, you will not be able to join us as part of our delegation if we have filled all 30 spots. 


Click here to fill out a CONA application


CONA website
CONA packing list
Mountain Manual

CONA 2021 Wisconsin Delegation Dates/Deadlines:

March 17, 2021 | Priority application window closes

March 21, 2021 | First round of CONA bids awarded at Model Government
March 31, 2021 | Students with bids must declare intentions or lose bids
March 31, 2021 | CONA applications due from those who did not receive bids at Model Gov
April 5, 2021 | Remaining CONA bids & alternates announced

All state delegation activities (retreats, deadlines, etc.) are TBD.


Payment information is TBD - check back soon!