How can we ensure a future for our past? The answer lies with today’s young people. They are the past’s future. They need opportunities now to get involved, take an interest and develop a passion for the past which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The Council for British Archaeology’s UK-wide network of volunteer-run Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) Branches provide just such opportunities for discovery and fun. However the withdrawal of the main source of public funding for the CBA threatens this fantastic resource and YAC Branches could be faced with closure.
The YAC urgently needs help to ensure that it can continue to support YAC volunteers in providing young people with access to inspirational activities and experiences and are therefore launching a Dig Deep for YAC campaign.
YAC is the only UK-wide organisation connecting young people up to the age of seventeen interested in archaeology. YAC Branches bring together young and old, professional and amateur and equip young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge to become future archaeological stewards, champions and practitioners.
The limited opportunities to learn about archaeology at school mean that YAC Branches provide an outlet for young people to explore archaeological interests which in turn helps them to broaden their horizons and develop new ambitions. YAC’s vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future. Our volunteers give a staggering 37,000 hours of their time each year towards achieving this ambition.
YAC urgently need to find a sustainable future for the Branches and you can help them achieve this. Please supporting the Dig Deep for YAC campaign and Save the Young Archaeologists’ Club Branches.