Project Overview

We Are the Next's Youth Heritage Summit is a summer program offered to teens from throughout the Los Angeles region, who come to a central location in the month of July to explore the history of their community and gain insight into careers in historic preservation and public history, civil service, and the arts. 

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About the program

During the summit, students choose a focus track to participate in. As part of their focus track, students gain a deep understanding of a specific historic site, and then work with a team to create a project which reflects their experience and understanding of the site. This year, two focus tracks will be available to participants:


Social Media Focus Track

Students in the Social Media Focus Track will document the visual nature of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, our host site for 2018! They will photograph the site in intimate detail, and create social media content designed to share its story with a young, diverse audience through platforms like Instagram and Snapchat.

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Graphic Design Focus Track

Students in the Graphic Design Focus Track will observe the symbols used throughout the design of the Homestead Museum, as well as its architecture. Students will use the design of the site as inspiration to create a visual project they feel represents its history, using the art of silkscreening. 

 Students hike the grounds of Cesar E. Chavez National Monument during our 2016 Youth Heritage Summit.

Students hike the grounds of Cesar E. Chavez National Monument during our 2016 Youth Heritage Summit.


The National Park Service (NPS) created the Youth Heritage Summit program in 2010 to spur a love for historic sites among high school students nationwide. For the last eight years, the agency has partnered with various organizations to implement the program. In addition to partners in Colorado and Washington State, the NPS partnered with We Are the Next in 2015 to bring the program to California. 

Now independent of the Parks Service, We Are the Next is continuing the program. This program offers high school students with a budding interest in history, arts, and culture to develop that interest into a lifelong passion. Students in the program spend time with community leaders, local activists, and industry professionals to learn new methods of storytelling and get a glimpse into what it takes to run a historic site.




Q:Who is We Are the Next?

A: We Are the Next is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Long Beach, California. Our mission is to empower the next generation to engage with their city so their neighborhoods can thrive. We provide programs for high school students and young adults to prepare them for life as informed, active residents of our communities. In all of our programming we take a public history approach - we believe young people need to understand our history and how we got here, so they can address our societal challenges and make change for a better future.

Q:Where will the 2018 Youth Heritage Summit take place?

A: The 2018 Youth Heritage Summit will take place at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, located at 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry, California 91745. The museum is owned by the City of Industry, and is operated by Historical Resources, Inc. 

Q:Who will lead the Youth Heritage Summit?

A: This program will be led by We Are the Next staff along with invited Community Experts. All adults working with students will be required to pass a federal and state background check as part of our standard procedure to ensure the safety of participants. 

Q:What is the cost to participate?

A: The cost to participate will be $75 a student. However, a select number of scholarships will be available and will be awarded to applicants based upon demonstrated financial need.

Q:What is the date of the Youth Heritage Summit?

A: Tentatively, the Youth Heritage Summit is scheduled from Thursday, July 19th to Saturday, July 21st, 2018. The summit will take place from 9am to 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 8am to 2pm on Saturday. Transportation will be available to bring students to the site and drive them home each day if needed.

Q:I'd like to donate items or services for the Youth Heritage Summit. How can I participate?

A: Thank you! We are open to all donations for this year's summit. Please email our Executive Director, Katie Rispoli Keaotamai at Please keep in mind that all donations to We Are the Next are tax-deductible to the fullest extent possible.