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Local teens give back, and learn in the process

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Pinellas (FOX 13) - It’s an incredible opportunity for teens to have a summer filled with fun and history.

Heritage Village's Junior Docent program is packed with local adventures.

"It’s kind of a blast from the past," said 15-year-old Michaela Reynolds. It’s her fourth year volunteering at the historic museum.

"I really like the knowledge that I gain, and I really like to say that I work here,” said Reynolds.

Michaela and 78 teen volunteers spend their summer giving tours and learning about local history.

"I think the big draw for Heritage Village is that there are so many different activities that the kids get to do,” said Tamisan Latherow, with Heritage Village. “They learn public speaking. They learn how to interact with tour groups."

It's the first year for Javier Suarez, who was quiet and shy before coming into the program.

"I'm learning new things, like how to give tours, how to interact with people, how to make stuff too," said Suarez.

The program has been around about 30 years and has had tremendous growth.

"You really make a lot of friends and it’s great learning all the history," said Reynolds.

Not only do the kids learn about Pinellas County history, but they also get volunteer hours that they need for the Bright Futures college scholarship program.

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