Youth Summits in historic preservation topics provide exciting, on-site, interactive learning experiences for students and professionals. These experiences both encourage students to participate in historic preservation, conservation, and heritage tourism issues and also empower them to share their ideas with leaders in these fields. Since the first Preserve America Youth Summit was held in 2007, these events have helped students develop the interest and skills to become stewards of community history and historic places and helped them to grow into citizens who will help shape policy at the local, state, and national levels. Professional organizations, community leaders, educators, students, and others contribute to make Youth Summits memorable and motivational experiences for all involved.
Youth Summits in Historic Preservation
Youth Summit Core Values
The National Park Service supported the development of a Youth Summits guide in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Much of the content available on this site comes from this excellent guide, now formatted for the Web. It was prepared by Ann Alexander Pritzlaff, Preservation and Policy Consultant and Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit Director, with input from Michelle Pearson, Colorado Youth Summit Teacher Liaison and 2011 Colorado Teacher of the Year, and Shannon Haltiwanger, Public Affairs and Communications Director, History Colorado. This guide is intended as a “How-To” and to inspire historic preservation organizations, educational or service groups, government agencies, and related entities to organize and produce Youth Summits in their areas.
Click here to download the complete Youth Summits Guide and Planning Tools as a .pdf