How is the Trust working with our Nation's youth?

The American Battlefield Trust seeks to preserve our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds and educate the public about what happened there and why it matters today. We permanently protect these battlefields for future generations as a lasting and tangible memorial to the brave soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.

And now we hope to reach the next generation of battlefield preservationists directly through the creation of the American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team and our upcoming college outreach program, Americana U. 

Sydney Kirages, Youth Leadership Team 2021-2022
LaVita Photography

The American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is a rotating group of 10 young people, aged 15-18, chosen every year to serve as the youth face and voice of the American Battlefield Trust. YLT members will participate politically in our Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, create battlefield preservation, education, or visitation projects in their local communities, and attend our Annual Conference.




The American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team is supported by the Pipkin Charitable Foundation. Their generosity has changed the lives of 25 students to date.

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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. 

By supporting motivated young leaders, we hope to create a ripple effect for battlefield preservation, visitation, and history education in our nation. Our goal is for young people to connect and empower each other to create change within their own schools and communities.

Interested in learning more or how to apply? Check out our Youth Leadership Team FAQ or Americana U FAQ