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Americana U FAQ

Everything you need to know about the Trust's newest youth engagement program

Americana U is a partnership between the American Battlefield Trust and college students across our nation. An unfortunate reality shows that fewer and fewer students are choosing to major in the humanities and more specifically history.

We want to change that, and who better to start that process with than the population affected. Our goal is to create a peer-to-peer influence and education network to best utilize the students who are already dedicated to our nation’s history to spark that interest in their peers. Learn more about how the program works in our Americana U FAQ.

Who can I contact at the Trust for more information regarding the Americana U program? 

If you have questions regarding your application or the Americana U program please contact the program coordinator, Connor Townsend, at ctownsend@battlefields.org

What is Americana U?

Americana U is a partnership between the American Battlefield Trust and college students across our nation. An unfortunate reality shows that fewer and fewer students are choosing to major in the humanities and more specifically history. We want to change that, and who better to start that process with than the population affected. 
Our goal is to create a peer-to-peer influence and education network to best utilize the students who are already dedicated to our nation’s history to spark that interest in their peers.

What is the mission of Americana U?

Inspire young people to take an active role in history education and historic place visitation to ultimately increase the number of students in humanities-based majors and career paths.

Who is eligible to be a part of the Americana U program?

Any college student currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college is eligible to apply. This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

What does an Americana U campus group consist of?

An ideal Americana U campus group is made up of a campus leader and between 5-10 campus representatives. It is optional but recommended to also have a faculty advocate/point of contact. 

What is an Americana U campus group expected to accomplish?

  • Participate in leadership and representative training. 
  • Meet as a campus group twice monthly.  
  • Organize at least 3 campus events with the purpose of sparking interest in American history and encouraging students to consider history as a possible major or minor.  
  • Reach out to their university history department and school media about using Battlefields.org as a reference and resource. 
  • Collect 50+ student email addresses for the Americana U student newsletter. 
  • Share American Battlefield Trust content to their personal social media channels and/or be a content contributor to the Trust’s official social channels.

How does Americana U benefit the Campus Reps involved in the program?

  • Leadership experience 
  • Event planning experience 
  • Lobbying training 
  • Access to leaders in the historic preservation movement 
  • Mentorship opportunities 
  • Monthly exclusive online lectures 
  • Opportunities to self-promote to the American Battlefield Trust’s 600,000+ social media followers. 
  • The top-performing Rep of the year will attend and speak at the American Battlefield Trust’s annual conference or Color Bearer weekend.

What does the American Battlefield Trust provide Americana U campus groups?

  • Access to a closed website and app where they can communicate with each other, the program coordinator, access training materials, and report on their activities. 
  • A package of merch to kick start their activities, i.e. a branded table cloth, cups, stickers, silicone phone wallets, tote bags, sunscreen, pamphlets, etc...
  • Event funding. 
  • Training in leadership, event planning, lobbying, and program management. Reps will not be given any resources until after they have completed training and the post-training quiz. 

Is there a financial burden to participate in Americana U?

No, there is no financial burden to participate. Campus groups will have access to event funding and program merchandise. If additional funds are needed campus groups will be provided training for fundraising within their campus communities. 

What time commitment is required to be part of Americana U?

  • All Americana U Reps are required to participate in program training. (Approx. 3 hours per semester)  
  • All Americana U Reps are required to be active in the Americana online community, communicating with their peers and the program coordinator. (Approx. 2 hours per week)
  • All Americana U Reps are required to meet as a team at least two times per month (Approx. 2 hours per month) 
  • All Americana U groups are required to plan and execute at least three events per semester. (Approx. 60 hours per semester) 

What is the timeline for the Fall 2021 Americana U class?

  • Leadership applications will be open from April 5th-June 25th 2021
  • Our four inaugural campuses and leaders will be identified by July 2nd, 2021
  • Leadership training will take place by mid-July 2021 
  • All materials will ship to our campus leaders by August 2021, and the program will officially activate
  • Campus leaders will have until September 25th, 2021 to recruit their fellow group members 

How can I apply to be part of the Fall 2021 inaugural Americana U class?

For the Fall 2021 semester, the American Battlefield Trust is seeking to kick off the Americana U program by recruiting four campuses. The four campuses will be selected through the careful recruitment of four campus leaders. These leaders must showcase the following traits; 

  • A strong interest and knowledge base of the first 100 years of American history 
  • The drive to recruit at least 5-10 other students to work with them 
  • The ability to effectively communicate with their peers and school officials 
  • Interest in planning creative and engaging events 
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To apply for a leadership position please fill out the form below and attach PDF versions of the following documents. 

  • A 500-word essay answering the following prompt: Why do you think it is imperative that our nation’s youth continue to learn and understand American history?
  • Three hypothetical campus events that would encourage your campus population to uptake an interest in American history. 

 

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