On April 10th the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation sponsored a Youth Ambassadorship Committee program at the Museum. The students in attendance were prospective members of the Museum’s Youth Ambassador Program, which is comprised of 11th and 12th graders who have a strong understanding of history, and a deep passion for civic service. As the ambassadors and keepers of the future of our history, these select students will play a unique and key role at the Museum. The students involved with the program will work to ensure that the Museum maintains its relevance with the younger population, as well as playing a role at special Museum functions, programs and events and assist in community, civic and school activities that support the Museum’s mission.

During the event the students enjoyed lunch with staff and fellow students from high schools all over the Cape; following lunch, the students went on a tour of the Museum, where they learned about the Kennedy family and their relationship with The Cape; and once done with their tour, the students engaged in two workshops covering material from the presidency and life of JFK to the work of the Museum foundation and the prospective remodels and new exhibits that will take place at the Museum this year. The event came to an end with Tom Lynch, Town Manager of Barnstable, speaking with the students about the importance of civic service and the qualities necessary to be an effective community leader.

With a theme of the preservation of history and the importance of civic service, a backdrop of the Kennedy family and the JFK presidency, and the eagerness and commitment expressed by all those involved, especially by the students, made this a truly exceptional event.

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource” – JFK