WHAT IS YOUTH HERITAGE PROJECT (YHP)? An annual 5-day (overnight) heritage field school that engages high school age youth and teachers by connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources in Washington. YHP is designed to introduce historic preservation to students and excite the next generation of leaders that will advocate for historic places.

YHP engages students hands-on as they expand their knowledge about historic preservation and develop an understanding of how cultural resources affect a community. Participants are asked to develop their own ideas about why preservation matters and how remembering the past can be a crucial part of a sustainable future. In addition to exposing students to the benefits of historic preservation, YHP strives to teach youth that they can be a part of shaping their own communities through participation and activism. The proposed Washington State National Maritime Heritage Area will be the main topic of this year’s YHP. For many communities in Washington, including Tacoma, this heritage area would promote tourism and increase public awareness of the importance of Washington’s waterways to its history, economy, and development.

This year our student projects will have video components. We will be teaching participants about the power of visual storytelling and guiding them as they document and share their expierence at YHP and what they learn about Washington's maritime heritage.

The application for YHP 2017 has CLOSED.

If you submitted an applicaiton and have not received confirmaiton, please email yhp@preservewa.org immediately.

Contact Jennifer Mortensen with any questions about YHP.

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Thank you to our program partners for allowing us to offer YHP at no cost to our participants: