Greeley's Young Chautauqua star and CH intern, Amelia Newport

New!  Phoebe Stoye, a Young Chautauquan, is blogging about the YC experience!  Visit her page here.

Young Chautauqua is a nationally recognized youth program in which young scholars portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars--in and out of character--engage the audience in lively discussions with people from the past, and then provide insight into historical study. The Young Chautauqua program is a valuable way to increase young people's understanding of, and engagement with, the humanities. Students in grades 4 through 12 throughout Colorado participate in our Young Chautauqua program.

Young Chautauqua is comprised of series of workshops of scholarship, research, rehearsal, and performance in which students bring history to life by immersing themselves in the writings and lives of historical characters. Young people select an inspiring person in history who possesses the qualities, values, and often life circumstances that they can identify with in their own life. Each student researches a character of their choice and portrays the character including their personality, ideology, and life-changing events that molded their character. This portrayal is presented in front of an audience of their peers.


Program goals are to raise student interest and knowledge of American history; provide opportunities to practice research and public speaking; and provide opportunities for students to be mentored by professional historians and presenters. The program builds self-esteem and reveals insight into life choices and challenges. It encourages confidence, self-esteem, good life choices, study skills, presentation skills, and critical thinking. Please click here to view teacher testimonials.


Available statewide. Currently in Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Grand Junction, Greeley, Thornton, Windsor and Westminster.

Schools currently participating:

Overland High School
Weld District #6 (includes 19 elementary, middle and high schools)
Estes Park Library
Boulder Home School Group 
East Middle School
Orchard Avenue Elementary 
Eagleview Middle School
TPAAK Elementary
Colorado Springs Conservatory
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning
Stellar Elementary School
Windsor K-8 Academy
Mountain Range High School



The series of workshops is flexible and can be customized to the needs of the sponsoring agency/school (e.g., meeting once weekly or biweekly; meeting for four weeks to meeting for ten weeks; meeting during school time to meeting after school hours)

How Much

Free to participants and attendees; first time programs are eligible for total funding the first year; cost-share required for subsequent years of implementation.

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COMMUNITY AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS: To host a Young Chautauqua program, contact Betty Jo Brenner, Program Coordinator, 303.894.7951 x17 or Click here for information about the Young Chautauqua Coaches Bios.


Many Thanks to our Young Chautauqua Sponsors:

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