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College Students

2024 Fall College Retreat

November 15, 2024

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November 16, 2024

Crystal Gateway Marriott | 1700 Richmond Hwy

|

Arlington

,

VA 22202

College Students

50.00

Regardless of what happens this fall, whether you feel the need to celebrate or reload to protect your freedoms, you need to meet with like-minded conservatives to plan your strategy to promote freedom on your campus.

On November 15 and 16, young conservative leaders from around the country will rally together at YAF’s Fall College Retreat. Hundreds of students will come together in our nation’s capital to strategize and learn the best methods to boldly promote conservatism in the weeks and months ahead.

  • Spend 2 days/1 night in a luxury DC-area hotel (just 1 metro stop from the airport!)
  • Make conservative friends from across the country
  • Ask your burning questions to conservative leaders
  • Reenergize yourself to plaster your campus with conservative ideas
  • Receive invaluable tools and resources to help get your conservative group organized on campus and more!

 

Who? You—if you’re a college student in need of a break from your leftist campus and ready to finish out the semester promoting conservative ideas on campus.

What? YAF’s Fall College Retreat

When? November 15-16, 2024

Where? The Crystal Gateway Marriott—just 1 metro stop from the DCA airport and under 10 minutes from the National Mall.

How Much? You only pay $50, including your hotel, meals, swag, and anything else we give away during the program. That’s right, you’re getting a $1500 value for just $50!

If you have any other questions, check out the FAQs below or email Jaime Hahn at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

You should arrive on Friday, for check-in at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA  22202, between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The student conference starts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.  You will have time to check in to your hotel between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday. If you are not present at the 2:00 pm session on Friday, you will not be permitted to attend the conference. Full time attendance is mandatory throughout the weekend.

The conference ends at about 5:30 pm on Saturday. You will check out of your room on Saturday morning. If you want information about extending your stay through Saturday night, please use this link.

The conference fee includes

  • 2 days/1 night at the Crystal Gateway Marriott
  • conference tuition
  • conference materials
  • dinner Friday and breakfast & lunch on Saturday.

Yes–while travel assistance is never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests. Please use this link to submit your request for travel assistance.

Travel assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with financial need. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please email [email protected] .

We will not consider your request until we receive a completed request. Travel assistance essays are due prior to the start of the seminar.

Flights must allow for full-time attendance to be eligible for reimbursement.

Please note that travel assistance is not guaranteed and is allocated on a case-by-case basis. Incomplete essays will not be considered. Travel assistance essays are due before the start of the conference, but are issued on a first come, first served basis. If you are not dependent on full financial assistance, we recommend purchasing your ticket as soon as possible to lock in the lowest fare.

The event opens with breakout sessions on Friday afternoon, followed by a reception and a dinner banquet that evening. Saturday’s sessions include breakfast, lunch, and speaker sessions throughout the day.

Generous supporters of Young America’s Foundation have made this program possible. Therefore, you are required to attend all the sessions and abide by all the rules outlined in the responsibility pledge you agree to upon submission of your application. Skipping sessions may incur penalties, including but not limited to, travel reimbursement being revoked, immediate dismissal from the event, banishment from future YAF events, and required reimbursement to Young America’s Foundation of $2000.

 

No. If you wish to tour the D.C. area, please make your own plans to arrive on Thursday night or stay Sunday.  Young America’s Foundation only covers your hotel room on Friday night, but we are happy to assist you in extending your stay. Please complete this form if you need extra nights.

You will be rooming with another person of the same sex. We cannot guarantee your requested roommates, but we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, as noted in the conference application.

200 students from around the country are expected to attend the conference. A select group of Young America’s Foundation’s supporters will also participate in the sessions along with you.

The atmosphere of this conference is similar to a normal college or university. As such, there may be drinking or smoking by those obeying all applicable local and hotel regulations. Those not obeying the law will be prosecuted by local police and subject to removal from the conference at their own expense.

You should fly to Washington Reagan National (DCA).  An alternate option is to arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), but this will add about an hour and a half to your travel time.

There are ground transportation options available from the DCA airport including taxis, airport buses, and rental vehicles.  Young America’s Foundation does not provide airport shuttles. The hotel and airport are also both conveniently located just two stops apart on the Metro.

Friday daytime:           Business casual attire

Friday dinner:             Professional attire

Saturday daytime:       Business casual attire

Pictures from the photo lines and conference events will be email to you following the event.

Yes, you are welcome to bring items to be autographed. However, we cannot guarantee the speakers will be able to sign them. Do not ask speakers for autographs or photos during the Q&A portions of their lectures. We will do our best to help you with these requests.

Yes! Your generous tax-deductible gift of $2,000 will allow Young America’s Foundation to host a student at this program who could not otherwise attend.  For more information about these and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Young America’s Foundation Development Officer, Ilinca Biggs, at [email protected] or call 800-USA-1776.

We expect there to be amenities available to you during your time with us. As a reminder, you will not have much free time in the area since we provide you with a comprehensive program. If you wish to have more free time in the Washington area, you need to come early or stay late.

Yes. Remember to leave extra space in your suitcase as we do offer swag items to take home.

I am registering for myself, or on behalf of my minor child or ward (hereafter “child”), to attend a Young America’s Foundation’s (YAF) private event. I understand and agree that, as an express condition of participation and/or attendance in YAF’s event, I intend to be legally bound and will abide by the following terms & conditions.

  1. Terms of Registration. All attendees must register themselves or their child and any guests they may be registering for using the real and true name for all parties and may be asked to present valid identification to verify the identity of the registrant and their guests. I understand and acknowledge that any actions intended to disrupt or undermine this YAF event will result in my or my child’s immediate ejection from the event. Disruptive activity includes, without limitation and in YAF’s sole determination, posting or sending inappropriate words, statements, or images, through social media or by and between event attendees. YAF reserves the right to pursue all appropriate civil & criminal remedies against disruptive attendees. Attendees removed for disruptive activity forfeit any registration fees and will be required to reimburse YAF at applicable actual costs of their attendance within ten (10) business days.
  2. Acceptance & Attendance.
    1. I understand that this event may have a limited amount of space and that my application may be subject to confirmation. I understand that all applications submitted prior to October 1, 2024 will receive a response on October 1, 2024 regarding acceptance. Applicants that apply after October 1, 2024 will receive notice within two (2) weeks of their application submission. I understand that in the event I have not been accepted I will be refunded via my original payment method.
    2. Participation in this YAF event is made possible through the generous financial support of YAF’s supporters nationwide. As such, I or my child agree to attend all sessions of the Fall College Retreat. I understand that if I or my child fail to attend the entirety of YAF’s event without good cause, I agree to refund YAF the actual cost of attendance for the event, including hotel, food, transportation, and other costs incurred.
    3. Acceptance and participation in this YAF event include reviewing and understanding the terms and conditions of YAF’s Responsibility Pledge, the terms of which are incorporated by reference. I understand that violation of the Responsibility Pledge may result in my removal or the removal of my child from the event, forfeiture of registration fees, and applicable reimbursement due to YAF.
  3. Cancellation. Except in case of emergency, if accepted to attend YAF’s event, I must notify YAF by November 1, 2024 of my or my child’s inability to attend or I may be charged $2000 since it is too late to give my reserved space to another participant. I understand that the conference fee is not refundable if I cancel my participation after November 1, 2024.
  4. Policy Focused Event. YAF’s event is intended solely for the promotion of conservative ideas, in accordance with YAF’s tax exempt mission. No political activity, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, is permitted at YAF’s event. No candidate stickers, pins, t-shirts, or other materials may be worn, displayed, or otherwise visible by members of the audience. I understand that attendees will not promote any other groups or organizations without express written permission from YAF.
  5. Roommates & Lodging. If applicable, I understand that I or my child may be assigned roommates for the conference. A preferred roommate of the same sex may be requested, but YAF is not obligated to honor that request. I agree to notify YAF staff immediately if a problem with a roommate arises during the event. I or my child further agree to abide by all applicable hotel rules, as well as any rules or instructions from YAF staff as deemed necessary, in YAF’s sole determination, during any overnight event stay.
  6. Consideration. In consideration for participation in this event or program, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is acknowledged, I agree to release and forever discharge YAF, its officers, employees, and assigns from all manner of actions, legal causes of action, claims and demands for or by reason of any damage, loss, or injury to person and property which has been or may be sustained as a result of my own or my child’s participation in this event or program.
  7. Liability Release. I am fully aware that there are risks, foreseeable and unforeseeable, related to me or my child or ward attending this event or program, ranging from normal risks associated with any stay away from home, such as physical injury from a slip and fall or accident, food poisoning or allergic reactions, loss or damage to personal property, fires, disasters, terrorism or other incidents of violence, contraction of illness such as the flu, COVID-19, or legionnaire’s disease, which could result in a serious medical condition requiring treatment in a hospital or could possibly lead to death. For my own benefit or on behalf of my child or ward, our heirs, successors, and assigns, I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, relating to participation in this event or program and I hereby forever release, waive, relinquish, and discharge YAF, its officers, employees, and assigns from any and all claims, demands, liabilities, rights, damages, expenses, and causes of action of whatever kind or nature, and other losses of any kind, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, and I further promise not to sue YAF for any personal injury, disability, property damage or theft, or death which may result from participation in this program.  These terms and conditions shall be construed under Tennessee law and should be interpreted by any court of competent jurisdiction to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible.
  8. Assumption of Risk. I assume all risks and hazards incidental to participation in the above mentioned function, including transportation to and from such activities, and do hereby release and waive all claims against YAF, its directors, officers, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, and speakers whether they be foreseen or unforeseen at the time this waiver is signed. I understand that it is my sole responsibility to avoid exposing MYSELF OR my child to foods that WE may be allergic to and to take all necessary precautions relating to potential allergies, including having any medication such as an epinephrine pen (“epipen”) on my OR MY child’s person at all times and notifying Young America’s Foundation staff of concerns. I understand that YAF makes no promises or guarantees that an accommodation will be made for my or my child’s allergy, even after notifying YAF of said allergy. As such, I recognize that if I or my child consumes food or beverage at a YAF event, I assume the risk.
  9. Emergency Medical Treatment Consent/ Property Damage. I grant permission for emergency medical treatment to be performed upon me or my child in case of sickness or injury and have indicated any special medical needs or allergies in the space provided below. All expenses incident to hospital care shall be my responsibility. I also accept responsibility for any property damage to the program facilities that I or my child may cause.
  10. Consent and Release for Use of Likeness. YAF uses real photos, videos, and quotes from students for promotional purposes. By attending this YAF event on your own behalf or on behalf of your child, you irrevocably consent and authorize YAF and its affiliates, employees, related companies, and contractors, to record, film, photograph, broadcast, or otherwise capture during the event and related events your likeness, image, voice, or any other indicia of identity in any media whatsoever and to distribute, use, broadcast, or disseminate into perpetuity such media for any purpose whatsoever without any further approval from you or any compensation of any kind to you. The images in all media will constitute YAF’s sole property, and YAF will have the right to use your likeness, image, voice, or other indicia of identity, including, but not limited to, the right to produce, publicly perform, transmit, exhibit, publicly display, print, reproduce, televise, broadcast, transfer, modify, distribute, create derivative works of, and otherwise use for any lawful purpose, in whole or in part, in any location throughout the world through any means or medium or format without limitation, any Subject Matter, all without prior inspection or further consent or approval by the undersigned of the finished product(s) or of such use, together with irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide and royalty-free rights, title and interest in and to any and all results and proceeds from any such use.
  11. Exclusive Broadcast Rights. You further agree that you will not record, reproduce, or transmit from the place of performance, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, any portion of, or the entirety of, any YAF event in the absence of the specific written permission of YAF. YAF retains the exclusive copyright to all materials that may be distributed at the event, unless otherwise noted, and all video or audio recordings of all YAF events.
  12. Data Usage:  By sharing your information with YAF, you agree that we may use your information to contact you about this event and other activities, such as educational materials or opportunities to attend future events, as disclosed to you at the point of collection, or in any other manner that advances our educational purposes. This includes, without limitation, adding your e-mail address to receive YAF emails and receipt of telephone calls and text messages to your cell phone. You affirm that the cell phone number provided at registration is your own or that of your minor child, and that YAF may call and/or send text messages to this phone number to provide information regarding your application or registration for this event, as well as future YAF events and programming. You understand that message and data rates may apply to any such messages. We may share or transfer your information with our affiliates and any other organizations or entities for similar purposes.
  13. Severability. If any provision of this waiver is held to be invalid or unenforceable that provision will be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent possible, and the remainder of the waiver will have full force and effect.
  14. Understanding and Acceptance. By including my name on this form and allowing my child to participate in this Program, I confirm that I understand and have had a full opportunity to review these terms and conditions. I have had the opportunity to have these terms and conditions reviewed by a legal counsel of my choosing. In the event of any dispute between the Parties regarding any ambiguity or inconsistency in this terms and conditions, the adjudicating body will use a neutral construction not favouring either Party. I understand and agree that these terms and conditions constitute the full entire agreement between myself and YAF and supersede any prior oral or written understanding or agreement. No modifications, alterations, or amendments may be made to the terms and conditions unless done in writing and agreed to by both parties. I accept these terms freely, I declare my intention to bound by the terms, and I acknowledge it shall be construed broadly to provide a full release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.

 

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