Youth Docent Program & Application


The Cincinnati Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are excited to announce a new class of Links, Incorporated Youth Docents. The program gives tri-state area teenagers a unique opportunity to learn about the Underground Railroad and the history and present-day slavery and freedom, and to share that knowledge with the public. Through classes and service, participants engage with the Freedom Center’s values of cooperation, courage, perseverance, and freedom, developing as… 

Scholars by learning the history presented in the museum and being exposed to post-secondary educational opportunities.

Ambassadors by serving as docents in exhibits and improving their communication and presentation skills.

Leaders by participating in activities that teach students about their role in society and ways they can influence the world around them.

Stewards by receiving financial literacy education to jump-start their future. 

If you are a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior interested in learning more about freedom, leadership and history, we hope you will take the opportunity to review and complete the attached application.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Tara D. Riley, Interim Director of Museum Experiences
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Youth Docent Expectations
Participants accepted into the Youth Docent Program are expected to attend all trainings, field trips, and meetings. Once the service internship begins, Youth Docents must serve a total of 36 hours and participate in additional enrichment activities in order to successfully complete the program. Youth Docents are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, professional manner whenever participating in program activities.

Important Dates
September 1: Application Open
October 6: Application Deadline
October 9-16: Interviews
October 27: Applicants Selected
December 2, 9 & 16: Training
January 6, 13 & 20: Training
February 3, 10 & 17: Training
March 3, 10 & 17: Training
April 14 & 21:  Training
May 5 & 12: Training
June-August: 36 volunteer hours to be completed

How to Apply

To apply, please submit:

A completed application form below.
Your response to the essay question listed in the application below.
One letter of reference from a teacher, school counselor, principal, place of worship leader or community leader. Click here to download the form.

Upon review of this information, students may be called for personal interviews with National Underground Railroad Freedom Center staff and Links, Incorporated members.

Click here to download the Youth Docent Brochure.

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