Seeking Youth Ambassadors – Summer 2016

May 18, 2016 6:12 pm Published by

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is now seeking students to become our first-ever Youth Ambassadors! This summer program is open to students who have completed 8th grade or higher this year. Youth Ambassadors will record an Oral History interview with a local person, transcribe it, and produce a brief interpretive video. The videos will be archived by the Smithsonian Institution and available on their “Stories from Main Street” website, as well as used by the Heritage Museum for public outreach and education.

Youth Ambassadors in 2016 will be matched with a local adult who can speak to the theme “Leadership & Inspiration”. Before the interview, Youth Ambassadors will be introduced to the Oral History process through three training sessions. Using interview questions they have prepared themselves, they will then use new HMCC digital equipment to record the conversation for preservation. Using the raw interview footage, students will identify strong segments, and edit together a 2-5 minute “teaser” video of highlights from the interview, and premiere it during a Community Conversation wrap-up event. More details and the full schedule are listed in the Application.

This activity is made possible at the Heritage Museum by a Youth Access Grant from the Smithsonian Institution. The funding has provided for new Oral History equipment that will help us record and preserve irreplaceable stories and memories from our community for years to come. While we are limited to a handful of participants in summer 2016, your ideas are invited for the ongoing use of the new Oral History equipment at HMCC! To learn more or to express interest in participating,please contact HMCC Curator Tracy Gierada at or 269-983-1191, or Download the Application.SI_Sunburstanniversary logo