NJSANATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Youth Leadership Conference?

The NJSA National Youth Leadership Conference was created as a way to provide opportunities and resources to youth from all across the country. Over the course of three days, you will be put in front of potential future employers, have multiple chances to ask questions about your future goals and take a leap to develop valuable leadership skills to carry with you throughout life.

Who can attend?

Youth participants ages 14-21 as of Jan. 1, of that year, are welcome to attend the event.

What is the Pork Checkoff Travel Scholarship?

The Pork Checkoff Travel Scholarship is sponsored by the National Pork Board and is awarded to first time NYLC attendees. Up to 10 youth participants are eligible for this $200 travel scholarship. This is awarded on the Sunday of NYLC during the closing session.

When is the Pork Checkoff Travel Scholarship due?

The Pork Checkoff Travel Scholarship is due on the entry deadline. You will send that to Nicole Hall, at nicole@nationalswine.com.

What is the registration fee? What does this fee include?

The registration fee is $200 per youth participant. This includes their meals, hotel rooms, and travel expenses from Thursday morning until Saturday afternoon.

How do you register for the event?

The entry form will be live the second week of December on the NSR Website.

Are hotel rooms provided for the youth participants or do we need to find them ourselves?

Hotel rooms are provided for the youth participants. The NJSA staff will create a rooming list ahead of time so that all youth participants are roomed by gender and age.

The NJSA will only cover rooms for Thursday night until Saturday morning. If participants arrive on Wednesday evening, they will be responsible for the cost of that room. HOWEVER, the NJSA staff will still book those rooms for participants and will send a bill within a week of the conclusion of the event. This ensures that all participants receive the discounted group rate. If youth participants due arrive on Wednesday night, please let Nicole Hall know ASAP at nicole@nationalswine.com

Are we responsible for getting to and from the airport?

The NJSA will provide pick up and drop off assistance for all members traveling to the National Youth Leadership Conference. If you are flying in, it is very important that you get that information to Nicole Hall, ASAP at nicole@nationalswine.com. She will put your pick up and drop off information into an excel spreadsheet and will email that to you a week prior to the event.

When should youth participants and adult leaders arrive?

Youth participants and adult leaders should arrive by 8:00 a.m. on the first day to go through the registration line. The conference will begin right at 9:00 a.m. so please make sure that you have eaten breakfast at the time of your arrival.

When are is the conference completed?

The conference will conclude at noon on the last day. All youth participants and adult leaders are excused at this time.

Is there a cost associated with being an Parent/Guardian Attendee?

Registration fee is $200 per Parent/Guardian who stays to participate in the conference

Parent/Guardian Attendees will also be responsible for the cost of their hotel room. HOWEVER, the director of junior activities will still book those rooms and will send a bill within a month of the conclusion of the event. This ensures that everyone will receive the discounted group rate. If you are due arrive on Wednesday night, please let the NJSA staff know ASAP!

Do Parent/Guardian Attendees have to sign up ahead of time?

Parent/Guardian Attendees are required to sign up ahead of time. This can be completed by going through the same process as the youth participants; however, you will mark the box that is titled “Parent/Guardian Attendee.” By completing this entry form, the NJSA staff is able to book hotel rooms and plan meals and travel accordingly.

When is the “Parent/Guardian Attendee” fee due?

The Parent/Guardian Attendee fee will be due during registration. However, it is very important that you fill out the entry form that is online also.

Do Parent/Guardian Attendees have to book their own rooms?

Parent/Guardian Attendee do not have to book their own rooms. The NJSA staff will book these rooms and will send a bill within a month of the conclusion of the event. This ensures that everyone will receive the discounted group rate.