History Museum Welcomes Teen Docent Applicants

By February 20, 2024Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Feb 20, 2024) Los Altos History Museum is accepting applications for its Teen Docent program, geared to students attending grades 9 – 12 in local schools during the 2024-2025 academic year. The program trains teenagers to serve as Museum ambassadors, welcoming visitors and guiding them on tours. With a limited intake of 25 students, aspiring participants are encouraged to submit their applications through the Museum’s website by April 12th.


“The Teen Docent Program presents an invaluable opportunity for students to create new friendships, enhance their social and team-building skills, develop confidence, and hone public speaking abilities,” said Museum Educator Lillie Moore. “Through engagement with their community, Teen Docents not only accrue volunteer hours for school but also gain practical work experience as well as insights into the operations of a museum.”


Structured around skill enhancement, confidence building, and building social connections, the program aims to cultivate well-rounded individuals.


Beyond docenting duties, teens may have other opportunities for further involvement within the Museum, including serving as a Youth Representative on the board of directors, contributing to the planning of public programs and assisting at Museum events such as Train Days and the Apricot STEM Fair. By collaborating with adult docents, Teen Docents contribute to the Museum’s mission while nurturing stronger ties between the Museum and the local community.


Students must be able to commit to one three-day training session scheduled for the end of June or early July, as well as dedicate four hours per month to docent duties throughout the year. Additionally, monthly get-togethers are offered for all teen volunteers to interact with their peers.


“Our Teen Docents infuse the Museum with vitality, offering a fresh perspective to our programming. Teens in the program come from diverse backgrounds, and many of them are bilingual. This contributes to making the Museum more welcoming for all visitors,” said Moore.


To apply for the program, visit losaltoshistory.org/TeenDocentProg.


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, built in 1905 on 14+ acres of apricot orchards planted by Mr. Smith. In 2001, Los Altos History Museum opened the modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibitsstore and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.


The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,