Engaging youth in historic preservation
Port Townsend • 2021
Given the continued threats to public health due to COVID-19, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Port Townsend Youth Heritage Project until next summer, 2021. Read more about this decision and how to stay in the loop for next year.
Youth Heritage Project is all about place-based learning and fun, hands-on activities. The Port Townsend YHP, now scheduled for 2021, will focus on the recently designated Maritime Washington National Heritage Area, exploring the rich maritime history of the Port Townsend Area and experiencing the coastline by land and by sea from our base at historic Fort Worden. This program is FREE OF COST for those accepted through generous funding from our partners and sponsors and participating students can earn 10 service hours. Any high school-age youth may apply; this includes seniors who will graduate in the spring of 2021 and 8th graders who will enter high school in fall of 2021. We are also seeking teachers to attend as group leaders. All applications are individual—students apply independently of their teachers and vice versa.
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.