Youth, age 13-16 can learn to be a historical interpreter at a living history museum! The 4-H Peer Teacher Program is operated in conjunction with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. It provides countless opportunities for teens to gain skills in public speaking and interacting with museum visitors from around the globe. Youth gain skills in certain trades demonstrated at any of the five interpretive sites, and enjoy an amazing opportunity to share their love of history.
Teens from Williamsburg, James City County, Gloucester, and York/Poquoson ages 13-16 are eligible to participate in this program. Eligible teens must submit an application to Gloucester 4-H and complete an in-person interview to be scheduled at Yorktown or Jamestown. Selected youth will attend two days of orientation, and will then be assigned to one of five interpretive sites (based on their preferences) for training. Sites include: At the Jamestown Settlement: Powhatan Indian Village, The Ships, and James Fort; At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Military Encampment and 1780s Farm.
Youth will spend five days training alongside a costumed interpreter to master one station within their site (it could be showing visitors how to tie knots on the ships). Upon completion of the training sessions and successful mastery of the station, youth may be asked to continue volunteering for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as a costumed interpreter. They would be expected to volunteer at least 8 hours per month during the school year and 16 hours per month during the summer.
All participants are required to attend orientation training from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 starting at Jamestown Settlement and Saturday, June 8 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Site specific training is held June 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
An application may be obtained by download at https://james-city.ext.vt.edu or by emailing Krista Gustafson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, email or call Krista at 804-693-2602.
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