Engaging youth in historic preservation
Given the continued threats to public health due to COVID-19, we have decided to once again postpone the 2021 Youth Heritage Project. Although our state is beginning to reopen, we felt that we would not be able to do this wonderful program justice given the ongoing uncertainties around transmission and the safe resumption of group activities.
We are very disappointed to be canceling this year’s program, especially knowing that many who hoped to join us for YHP 2020 will no longer be of high school age next summer. For those who will be unable to join us in 2022, we encourage you to sign up for our Networking & Careers in Preservation mailing list to learn about other ways you can get involved in saving places that are important to Washington State.
And, for those who still be in high school in summer 2022, we hope that you will consider joining us for next year’s YHP. As this strange time comes to an end, Washington’s historic and cultural spaces will be more important than ever to help us re-anchor our communities. We look forward to learning from and contributing to that effort with you at next year’s Youth Heritage Project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-624-9449.
What is Youth Heritage Project?
Youth Heritage Project is an annual multi-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 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. Through YHP the Washington Trust seeks to inspire and excite our youth — the next generation of community leaders — to get involved and advocate for saving the places that matter to them.
YHP fulfills a long-standing goal of the Washington Trust to engage younger and more diverse audiences in the important work of historic preservation. We work to widely recruit across all socio-economic backgrounds and offer the program free of cost to accepted applicants in order to have as diverse a group and collection of ideas as possible.
The location and study topics for YHP change annually and any high school-age youth may apply. Questions about YHP? Please contact us by email or call us at 206-624-9449.