Junior Docent Garners Awards

Museum Junior Docent Elijah Washington has received a Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Youth Award (2017) from the African American Men of Westchester (AAMW). The Award for Social Justice honors the Yonkers’ Riverside High School junior for his work in Youth Giving Back, a teen-run club that promotes community involvement. For the club, Elijah planned and implemented the First Annual Yonkers Childhood Hunger Summit, April 2016, which featured film screenings, dialogue sessions about hunger, and a food drive. The dialogue sessions gave community leaders a way to create tangible solutions.More good news for Elijah: this summer he will travel to Spain on a full Global Navigator scholarship from the Council on International Educational Exchange that seeks to prepare students to connect with cultures and impact global issues.
           Elijah, who joined the Museum’s Junior Docent program as a freshman in 2014, said, I am glad to be an example that you can do anything at any age and have fun. These accomplishments mean to me that I should never doubt myself anymore, if I want to do something that may seem impossible just go ahead and give it a try. What I hope to gain from going to Spain is to explore new places, meet new people, take an adventure and the most... LEARN SPANISH.


Junior Docents at the Hudson River Museum








The Junior Docent Program trains Yonkers high school students to provide hands-on programs and tours for Museum visitors.  During the academic year, Junior Docents train, each week, with curators, artists, scientists, historians, and other experts.  The program aims to enhance the Junior Docents' appreciation of art and culture; to connect them to the community; to enable them to practice communication and professional skills; and, to increase their career readiness skills by allowing them to work towards becoming Museum employees.  To prepare for college, Junior Docents make trips to college campuses and receive college preparation study.  The Junior Docent program strives to foster peer mentoring and a sense of camaraderie among teens and create an atmosphere that encourages them to learn from each other as well as from the Museum's staff and its collections.
Interested students must be high school freshman attending a Yonkers High School.  New students are accepted each fall.  Applicants must submit an application and schedule an interview to be considered. 
If you are interested in the program please contact Museum Educator: Youth Programs, Araya Henry at ahenry@hrm.org or (914) 963-4550, x219

HRM Junior Docents