Essex Heritage Announces 2024 “Future Leaders” Youth Jobs Internship Funding Program Up to $10,000


Essex Heritage today announced its 2024 “Future Leaders” Youth Jobs Internship Funding Program.

The idea behind the program by the local community historical preservation organization is to engage young adults in meaningful paid work with local institutions.  Available funds are intended to provide exposure to areas including visitor services, exhibit design and maintenance, archival work, environmental education and preservation, “hidden histories,” and trail development and maintenance.

The program was born of a critical need for high school and college-aged youth to gain meaningful work experience without sacrificing an unpaid internship.

This reimbursable grant is available to registered 501(c)3 organizations seeking to hire young adults within their community in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on each organization’s needs.  Applications can be found online here, and are designed to be as accessible as possible.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this youth jobs funding program to the many wonderful organizations throughout the Essex National Heritage Area. After piloting the program to great success, I hope to see a considerable amount of organizations reaching out for the opportunity.”

 Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve, and encourage recreation, education, conservation, and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley.