YHP engages participants hands-on as they actively expand their knowledge of conservation, preservation, the built environment, and community. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the connection and interdependency of cultural resources, how they relate to the economy, and how they affect a community. They are asked to develop their own ideas about why preservation matters, causing a deeper sense of introspection about what heritage and history means.

A key component and desired outcome of YHP is for participants to take the knowledge, interest and excitement for preservation and conservation fostered by the program back to their own communities. The program seeks to inspire the next generation of preservation leaders to become stewards of our precious historic and natural resources. Most importantly, students will learn through YHP that the future of any community is the result of deliberate strategies, actions and choices and that they can be a part of shaping their own communities through their own participation and activism.


Participants Benefit from YHP

Education about the historic significance of the featured places in the YHP curriculum is the most recognizable benefit of the program, but the participants also gain a host of analytical skills and a deeper understanding of how the world around them relates to our collective past.

Our programs engage participants hands-on as they actively expand their knowledge of conservation, preservation, the built environment, and community. Participants come away with a better understanding of the connection and interdependency of cultural resources, how they relate to the economy, and how they affect a community. They are asked to develop their own ideas about why preservation matters, causing a deeper sense of introspection about what heritage and history means. We ask students to synthesize what they learn, look at their own communities through a more holistic lens, and find ways to apply the things they’ve learned.

The participants will also benefit from opportunities to meet with people involved in the C-ID community including historians, preservationists, community leaders, business owners, first-generation immigrants as well as a diverse group of students and teachers from all over the state. The Heritage Youth Project gives participants an opportunity to make new friends, learn of job or career opportunities, and connect with people who share their interests.

Participants will learn about the challenges faced by those who work to protect and conserve the cultural and built heritage of  the Pacific Northwest and what tools are being used to help. They will be exposed to occupations, lifestyles, and histories they may not have previously considered, and will be encouraged to develop analytical thinking and translate those ideas into public speaking skills. Most importantly, they will learn that the future of any community is the result of deliberate strategies, actions and choices and that they can be a part of shaping their own communities through their own actions and activism.


The Community Benefits from YHP

The Washington Trust seeks to expand the reach of YHP by engaging similarly-minded organizations (both on statewide and local levels) to offer internships, volunteer opportunities, or additional educational programming for interested YHP participants. YHP can serve as a catalyst to pique students’ interests in new fields of study, and could connect them with longer-term engagement in heritage preservation and sustainability.

A key component and desired outcome of YHP is for participants to take the knowledge, interest and excitement for preservation and conservation fostered by the program back to their own communities. The program will benefit communities throughout the state as the participants return and become involved in local preservation and conservation efforts. The program seeks to inspire the next generation of preservation and environmental leaders to become stewards of our precious historic and natural resources.



If you have any questions about YHP or our community involvement, please contact our Preservation Services Coordinator, Jennifer Mortensen, via email or at 206-624-9449.