What is the HDSA National Convention?
Convention is held each year at a different location across the country. It is an event put on by the HDSA to bring together people for support, education, awareness and research. Huntington's disease (HD) researchers, clinicians, and members of the HD community from around the country convene to participate.
The NYA hosts our own day the Thursday just before convention begins on Friday. On this day we hold team building exercises to develop a bond between members, sharing sessions to learn each others HD stories, and have guest speakers teach our members about Research, Advocacy, & Fundraising.
what is nya day at convention?
NYA Day is held the Thursday prior to the start of HDSA’s National Convention. NYA Day is when NYA members from far and near come together and learn more about what the NYA is and what we are doing in the fight against Huntington’s disease. We teach our members about research, advocacy, fundraising and how to become more involved with the NYA and HD communities. Group youth sharing sessions are available at NYA Day as well as throughout the weekend. It is a time for youth to meet other youth across the country and world who are coping with this disease. The NYA day is a day filled with support, education and fun activities. By joining the NYA you make yourself eligible to submit an application to receive a scholarship. Scholarships applications are due each year in April and the convention is held every year in June. Over the last ten years there have been over 200 scholarships provided to members of the NYA.
NYA Day is planned by the volunteers of the NYA Day & Convention Committee. Between conventions, these members work tirelessly to ensure a high quality program for youth’s who are attending convention. From the month’s of January to June, the NYA Day & Convention Committee comes together to work collaboratively with the HDSA and the Convention Planning Committee. They take feedback from the previous year, reach out to members and plan the entire weekends youth events, from NYA Day to the night activity, the NYA Talent Show as well as all youth sessions found at convention.
The NYA Silent Auction & Raffle
The NYA Silent Auction & Raffle is the primary fundraiser for the NYA Convention scholarship. The Silent Auction & Raffle is held on the Friday of convention and items may be bid on all day. The Auction closes at 5pm and items may be picked up on Saturday. If you wish to make a contribution to the Silent Auction & Raffle you may do so by dropping your items off on Thursday at the NYA Day Registration table or at the Convention Registration office.
If you wish to mail your item in please contact Mynelly Perez at email@example.com for details on how to do so.
contributions to the nya scholarship fund
If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, please mail your check or money order, payable to the "HDSA NYA Convention Scholarship Fund" to:
Huntington's Disease Society of America
505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902
New York, NY 10018
Attention: Mynelly Perez, NYA