Young People’s Continental Congress—Where Future and Past Meet

The year 2024 marks the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress, one of the most significant events in the founding of our nation. Delegates from the American colonies came together in Carpenters’ Hall, in Philadelphia, to discuss their grievances with Great Britain and solidify a united American identity.

The delegates at this colonial convening adopted a Declaration of Colonial Rights, which outlined their issues with Great Britain and laid the groundwork for the Second Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence.

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress in 1774 and the start of the Second Continental Congress in 1775, the Carpenters’ Company, the nonprofit organization founded in 1724 that owns and operates Carpenters’ Hall, has collaborated with national partners National History Day and Generation Citizen, as well as with a network of history and civic organizations in Philadelphia, to convene the Young People’s Continental Congress (YPCC).

For five days in July 2024, high school students and their teachers from the 13 original colonies will gather in Philadelphia to explore the history of our nation’s founding and discuss contemporary issues of democracy and social justice. The student delegates will attend daily meetings in Carpenters’ Hall, as well as visit Independence Hall, the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

A second convening will occur in July 2025, this time with students and teachers from all 56 US states and jurisdictions. YPCC is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants and an ideal springboard for the celebration of the Semiquincentennial of American Independence in 2026. For more information on how to get involved, contact Michael Norris, Executive Director of the Carpenters’ Company, at michaelnorris@carpentershall.org

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