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Program Highlights

Standing Up for Tolerance

JrNYLC Alumni Conference Standing up for Tolerance

At JrNYLC Alumni, you will spend a day in Salem, MA to learn about the Salem Maritime Historic Site and the Witch Hysteria of 1692. You'll examine how the Salem Witch Trials and the overseas trade through Salem’s port related to tolerance, working to identify evidence of different forms of intolerance that took place during the Salem Witch Trials. You'll also learn the definition of integrity and be able to determine which historical figures possessed this trait.

JrNYLC Alumni students at park

Experience American History

Step aboard the Mayflower II—a recreation of the ship that brought the first Pilgrims to America, and where the settlers first on stood on Plymouth Rock as they disembarked.

Revolutionary Leadership

JrNYLC Alumni learn leadership through history.

History will come to life as you follow in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers along the Freedom Trail and visit the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Each stop along the Trail highlights the courage and leadership that led to the birth of our great nation.

You will then have the opportunity to apply everything you've learned about courage and leadership during the Roots of Revolution simulation. The simulation puts you in the middle of a futuristic global struggle, where the United States and England have reunited as one nation, and the U.S. must determine if it wants to declare independence once again.

JrNYLC Alumni students work together

Discovering Community

During a visit to the Plimoth Patuxet Museums*, a re-created early 17th-century English village, you will explore how conflict resolution and team-building skills helped the newly arrived Pilgrims to work together and set up a new life for themselves as the foundation of a brand-new country. There, you'll also interact with modern-day Wampanoag natives and historical interpreters.

*A note on the spelling of the museum’s name: Spelling was not standardized in the 17th century, and words could be spelled in a variety of ways providing they sounded appropriate when spoken. In the case of this colony, the name appeared in its records and other sources variably as Plimoth, Plimouth, Plymoth, Plymouth, Plimmoth, and even Plimmouth. When the museum opened in 1947, they chose the name “Plimoth,” due to it being the spelling most often used by William Bradford in his manuscript of the colony's history.