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The USPC National Youth Congress (NYC) was established in 1998 in order to recognize outstanding older Pony Club members. The NYC provides intensive leadership training to 18-21 year old Pony Club members who have attained a National Certification (H-B, C+, C-3, B, H-HM, H, H-A or A). Members are challenged to apply their Pony Club experience to make meaningful contributions to the larger world. The National Youth Congress experience includes mentoring and networking with members of the USPC Academy of Achievement, Pony Club alumni from all over the country who are current leaders in a variety of fields.

The NYC brings these members together for a series of workshops and discussions intended to expand their awareness both of themselves and of the rapidly changing external world into which they will soon graduate. The NYC provides opportunities for youth delegates to think about their own strengths and weaknesses and to examine ways to overcome obstacles that may face them in the future. It enables them to share ideas with their peers from around the country through group discussions, role simulations, and other interactive activities, thus expanding their awareness of the "wider world" around them.

Each year several USPC alumni are inducted into the Alumni Academy of Achievement, and join the delegates during the 3-day Congress. The alumni honorees play a vital role because they bring the voice of experience into the discussions. They listen, encourage, laugh, and commiserate with the young people, and share personal stories of success and failure. The intent is to help the youth delegates to recognize that life is filled with the unexpected and that flexibility and a sense of humor can be as important as well planned goals.

NYC Year Book

Meet the 2018 delegates and learn about their activities and achievements.

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Newsletter Recap of the 2016 NYC.

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Delegate Criteria & Selection Process

Youth delegates to the NYC are nominated by the DC or CA to the RS.  Each region may select one youth delegate and one alternate delegate for the annual National Youth Congress, held each year prior to the USPC Convention. Please note, alternate delegates are not guaranteed a seat at Youth Congress.

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Academy of Achievement

Each year several USPC alumni are inducted into the Alumni Academy of Achievement, and join the delegates during the Congress. Individuals inducted into the Academy of Achievement  have made outstanding achievement after graduating from Pony Club in any field of expertise.

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