Homestead National Monument of America Youth Council

Seven high school students jump in the air with their hands up and with their back to the camera. They face a prairie and an overcast sky.
High School students enjoy volunteering at Homestead National Monument.

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Welcome to the Homestead National Monument Youth Council program!

What is Homestead National Monument Youth Council?


The Homestead National Monument Youth Council is a new initiative to involve a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors in cultivating skills in the following areas:

• Leadership
• Volunteerism
• Civic engagement
• Youth empowerment
• Stewardship for the National Park Service

As participants in this program, students will experience empowerment through interactive workshops, leadership training, and service projects. Expense-paid field trips to other national parks and related sites will also be part of the program. Students will be considered volunteers at Homestead National Monument of America and will be required to submit a completed volunteer agreement form. Students will be able to count their time in Homestead National Monument Youth Council towards any required volunteer hours.

Purpose:

The purpose of Homestead National Monument Council is to develop student leaders, raise consciousness in communities, and encourage creativity in education. Through the Homestead National Monument Youth Council program youth will be empowered to become agents of change and public servants within the National Park Service, and in their local communities.

Vision:

Students will be empowered to become active leaders and advocates of change in their communities. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the range, significance, and purpose of the National Park Service, and be among a diverse group of students who will be informed about future career possibilities in the NPS.

2018-2019 Schedule:

Meetings will be held once a month October-May and begin at the Homestead National Monument Education Center. Meetings are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted and generally last 9:30 am-4 pm but may be longer on field trip days. Meeting dates and times are:


October 6, 2018 (9:30 am-4 pm)
November 17, 2018 (9:30 am-4 pm)
December 15, 2018 (9:30 am-4 pm)
January 19, 2019 (9:30 am-4 pm)
February 16, 2019 (9:30 am-4 pm)
March 23, 2019 (9 am-5 pm)
April 19, 2019 (Friday, 9:30 am-4 pm)
May 18, 2019 (9:30 am-5 pm)

Selection Criteria:

The Selection Committee will objectively evaluate each applicant’s leadership potential, engagement with community, and interests in the National Park Service. Preferential consideration will be given to current high school juniors and seniors and those students that recommend other students to apply.

Interested? Fill out the application!

Submit completed applications to Homestead National Monument by 5:00 pm, September 12.

Applications can be completed via Google Form online or you can download and print the PDF version (accessible PDF 129.86 KB) to scan and submit by email to charlotte_mcdaniel@nps.gov. Applications can also be submitted in person at the monument or by regular mail:

Homestead National Monument of America
ATTN: Charlotte McDaniel
8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice, NE 68310

We anticipate selecting between eight to twelve participants. Students will be notified of their selection for Homestead National Monument Youth Council no later than September 19, 2018.

For more information please contact Homestead National Monument of America Volunteer Coordinator Charlotte McDaniel at (402) 223-3514 or charlotte_mcdaniel@nps.gov

Last updated: August 25, 2018

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Mailing Address:

8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice , NE 68310

Phone:

(402) 223-3514

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