Teens can learn to be a historical interpreter! 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 presentations and interacting with diverse people. Participants may also gain skills in certain trade demonstrated at one of the five interpretive sites.
Teens ages 13-16 that are residents of York County, James City County, and Gloucester County are eligible to participate in this program. Eligible teens must turn in an application and complete an in-person interview. 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, Ships, and James Fort
At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Military Encampment and 1780s Farm
Once assigned, youth will spend five days training alongside a costumed interpreter to master one position within their site. Upon completion of the training sessions and successful mastery of the position, 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 following summer.