Summer 2016 Y.O.U.T.H. Travel Scholarships Now Available

Posted on March 4, 2016 · Posted in Hostel News, Regional News

Hostelling International USA is pleased to announce that its 2016 Y.O.U.T.H. Travel Scholarships application is now available for nonprofits, schools and other youth-serving organizations in the Boston area.  Y.O.U.T.H. stands for Youth Opportunities Unlimited Through Hostelling, which has come to reflect HI USA’s steadfast belief that travel through hostelling expands the horizons and possibilities for young people.  Over the last 6 years, HI USA has awarded the scholarship to over 25 different youth-serving organizations in the Boston area, helping to positively transform the lives of hundreds of participants.

Since 1934, Hostelling International USA has stressed the notion that you have to see the world to understand it.  HI USA achieves its central mission through a variety of programs and activities that aim to inspire a genuine understanding of peoples, places and cultures for a more tolerant world.  These programs include activities that range from travel education courses to specialized experiences in our local communities.  The YOUTH Travel Scholarship is one of HI USA’s central programs, which sponsors summer travel for youth ages 12-18 in the Greater Boston Area.

Our YOUTH Travel Scholarships program enables youth from underserved communities to experience another community and place far different from their own.  In all locations, groups can take advantage of the rich history, environment, and cultural activities that Martha’s Vineyard, Hyannis and Truro have to offer. HI USA donates the overnights at participating hostels, subsidizes additional travel costs and partners with local environmental and educational organizations in the Cape Cod area to provide affordable and meaningful programming to selected groups.  

This year, HI USA is focused on the travel experience and empowering groups to make the most out of their time at the hostels.  In addition to free overnights, groups will receive stipends that subsidize the cost of transport, food and experiential activities in the hostel locations.  Groups will also receive hands on support from HI USA staff, from trip planning basics to recommended activities at the hostel locations.  This is a great opportunity for youth-serving organizations that are seeking engaging travel opportunities for their youth members this summer.
To learn more, please visit www.bostonhostel.org/youthscholarships or complete the online application here.  If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the application, please contact Paul Kuhne at paul.kuhne@hiusa.org or 617-556-5312.