Youth Volunteer Programs
At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, we design and operate our Youth Volunteer-In-Parks (Y-VIP) Programs to empower participants to:
Living History Schools: Young Engagé School & Dame School
Fort Vancouver's flagship youth volunteer programs are the Young Engagé School (ages 12-18) and the Dame School (ages 10-18). These two interacting tracks share resources that train youth in providing historic interpretation, demonstrating skills from the past, and speaking to the public.
Both training pathways are modeled after historic schools and other ways in which youth learned and developed skills at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver in the 1840s.
The goals of the schools are for students to:
Did You Know?
Did you know that John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver, is known as the “Father of Oregon” for his aid to American immigrants arriving over the Oregon Trail? His home in Oregon City, Oregon is a unit of the national park system administered by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...