Youth Docent Program & Application


The Cincinnati Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are excited to announce a new class of Links, Inc. Youth Docents.  The program gives tri-state area teenagers a unique opportunity to learn about the Underground Railroad, connecting the past to the present in discussing slavery and freedom, and the chance to share that knowledge with the public.  Through a training service internship, 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 which teach students about their role in society and ways they can influence the world around them.
Stewards by receiving a stipend upon completion of the program along with financial literacy information to jump-start their future. 

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

Tara D. Riley
Strategic Projects Officer & Museum Experiences Director
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 333 – 7570 |

Youth Docent Expectations
Participants accepted into the Youth Docent Program are expected to attend all training sessions, field trips, and meetings.  Once the service internship begins in February, Youth Docents serve and participate in additional enrichment activities to complete the program and certificate of completion.  Youth Docents are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, professional manner whenever participating in program activities.

Important Dates

October 5, 2018: Applications due back to NURFC
November 3, 2018: Introduction Banquet
November 10, 2018-May 18, 2019: Training Sessions will take place on second and third Saturdays, Noon – 3:00 p.m.*
*Additional volunteer days may be added
February 2019: Youth Docents will begin service in the Freedom Center on Saturdays.
March-May 2019: Youth Docents continue service on Saturdays (6 hours per month)
May 11, 2019: Field Trip to Ripley, Ohio 
May 2019: Luncheon, graduation, and presentations celebrating the completion of the program.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application form below.

Submit a 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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