Free program for ages 13-15

Youth Leadership Academy
Youth Leadership Academy participants at Youth Summit

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News Release Date: June 16, 2016

Contact: Joshua Bell , 508-996-4095 x 6106

Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105

This summer, youth ages 13-15 will have the opportunity to explore various career paths in the National Park Service through the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is pleased to announce this free summer program.Field experiences will include getting hands on with the effects of climate change at Cape Cod National Seashore, crafting an interpretive program at Roger Williams National Memorial, and experiencing mill life at Lowell National Historical Park.

The Youth Leadership Academy will also offer workshops on team building, financial literacy, public speaking, resume writing, creativity, leadership, and other important life skills. YLA sessions will take place Tuesdays (9 am- 5 pm) and Thursdays (10 am-2 pm) from July 5-August 25.

Interested individuals may obtain applications at the park visitor center through June 22 at 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. For more information on YLA contact Josh Bell at 508-996-4095 x 6106 or via email at e-mail us.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America's nineteenth century whaling industry.The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States.The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge.For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to or visit the park's Facebook page at Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at

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Last updated: June 16, 2016

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