Each delegate participating in the Conference (except a press delegate) is required to write
a proposal on a matter of importance to our nation. It may be
national or international in scope. Each delegate within a State
must clear his/her proposal topic with the State Director. It is
mandatory that each delegate within each State write on a different
topic. This will mean that a state with 12 delegates will have 12
different topics. However, some or all of these topics may be duplicated
by delegates from other states.
PROPOSALS NOT SUBMITTED ON TIME WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A LATE PROPOSAL COMMITTEE WHERE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER WILL ADVANCE THROUGH THE CONFERENCE AGENDA.
Here are some notes about preparing to write your proposal:
- Brainstorm for proposal ideas – Make sure that these
are wide in scope, national or international, not state or local.
- Select your tentative topic.
- Your topic must be approved by the state conference coordinators (Calder Lynch and Isha Matta). We will discuss topics at our May 23rd meeting.
- Research your proposal topic.
- After research your topic, you should begin to formulate the
rough outline of your proposal. Keep in mind that in a proposal
at National Affairs, it is more important to present an idea than
detailed ways to achieve this idea. Concentrate on the idea
itself, and focus your research on why it would be important to
make this change.
- Once you have built a solid foundation for the topic, your
attention should turn to your Proposal for Action. This is the
main part of the Proposal, where you will outline how to make
this change that you wish to see. Outline form is best, showing
the major points and minor points in context.
- Make sure you share your proposal with your parents, friends,
teachers, or YMCA staff member to seek feedback. Use this feedback
to make changes and corrections into your final draft.
- Now you are ready to submit your proposal. Keep in mind
that it is best to follow these steps above and type your proposal
into a word processing program and save it so that you can check
spelling, etc. You can then copy and paste it into the online
Diagram of a Proposal
Proposal Number: (this will be assigned by conference staff)
Author: (Participant Name, State Delegation)
(Briefly state the basic action of the proposal)
Major Areas to be Affected:
(List the key entities that would be impacted by this proposal).
(In paragraph form, tell why there is a need for your proposal. Include any supportive
information, include statistics, quotes, etc., you feel necessary. Don’t include all of your facts.
You will have an opportunity to present your ideas during debate).
Proposal for Action:
(State your proposal. You may use outline form or paragraph form. This is the main part of
your proposal and should be substantial enough to explain fully what you intend to do.
You are not writing legislation, rather, a broad proposal.)
Results to be Expected:
(Simply state the result you expect to see after your proposal is put into action.)