A group of 1990’s CONA alumni

By Tom Ratliff, MO
Media Director
The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs convened for the first time in 1968 in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Financial support from the Sears Foundation made the first CONA conference a huge success for the eight states that attended. By 1971, the conference had moved to its current location, the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black
Mountain, N.C. This year, the 47th for the conference, CONA surpassed 15,000 delegates over its entire history.
As we begin to close in on the 50th year anniversary of this conference, the wide variety of delegations that have attended is truly impressive. What many may not know is that from 1987 to 1989 a delegation came over from France, and the following year in 1990, the former Soviet Union sent a group of students to participate.
States that have sent delegations include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Model United Nations delegations, District of Columbia delegations and a Marshall
Islands delegation also have attended.
This year, more than 700 are attending the conference representing 33 delegations – 31 states and the District
of Columbia. What you accomplish this week will write the CONA history for 2014. Leave your mark on the 47th Annual YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs.