Youth Heritage Summit California

YHSCA by We Are the Next

In July 2016, we brought high school students from across California to Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, so they could engage with California's cultural heritage and build a connection with others who have dedicated their lives to the well-being and recognition of under-recognized contributors to our region. 


Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, Keene
The Forty Acres, Delano
Filipino Community Hall, Delano
Radio Campesina, Bakersfield


July 27-30 2016

The idea

The National Park Service (NPS) created the Youth Heritage Summit program to spur a love for historic sites within high school students across the country. Since 2010, the NPS has funded the program in Colorado and Washington State. In 2015, We Are the Next began working with NPS leaders to bring the program to California.

the program

Through Youth Heritage Summit California, we aimed to help students with a budding interest in history, arts, and culture develop that interest into a lifelong passion. With YHS, we brought twenty students to Cesar E. Chavez National Monument where they were able to spend time with leaders in our nation's history, local activists, and industry professionals to learn new artistic methods and get a in-depth look at the Farmworker Movement.