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Youth Leadership Team Application

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Thank you for your interest in applying to be part of the 2019-2020 cycle of the American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team!

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2019

Have you read our Youth Leadership Team FAQ? If not, please review the FAQ to ensure you are eligible to apply.

To apply, please attach the three items described below to an email with the subject line [Applicant Name] YLT 2019-2020 to the Youth Leadership Team program coordinator, Connor Townsend, at  

  1. An essay about why the mission of the American Battlefield Trust matters to you and a hypothetical battlefield project you could organize in your community. The essay should be no more than 500 words. (Note: You are not committed to the project you propose in your essay, but what you propose must be feasible in your community.) See our FAQs for sample project ideas
    • American Battlefield Trust Mission: 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.
  2. A reference and letter of recommendation from a community sponsor. This can be a coach, teacher, community program leader, religious leader, etc… (Note: Your reference cannot be your guardian or an immediate family member.)
  3. A signed form from yourself and a guardian committing to the three in-person meetings.  Download the commitment form here. Attendance at the three in-person meetings is a requirement for participation.
    • Meeting #1 - Training - August 8-10, 2019
    • Meeting #2 - Lobby Day - September 24-26, 2019
    • Meeting #3 - Annual Conference - June 5-7, 2020

Please attach the three documents listed above to an email with the subject line [Applicant Name] YLT 2019-2020 to the Youth Leadership Team Program Coordinator, Connor Townsend, at

What can you expect after you submit your application?

  1. You will receive an email confirming that we have received your application within a week of submission.
  2. You will be contacted within the application period, January - May 2019, to arrange a phone interview or be informed that you have not been chosen to participate in this cycle of the YLT.
  3. The final 10 YLT candidates will be alerted to their acceptance no later than June 15th, 2019.