Youth Volunteer Programs
NPS Photo by Troy Wayrynen
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 10-18) 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: