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The YPLF Program has been in existence for over 7 years. Click here to read about the success of the program.
The Birth of the YPLF - Listen to the birth of the YPLF program in Alex Haimann’s 2008 Tiffany Dinner speech in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Recommend a Fellow
Do you know someone between the ages of 16 and 24 that would make a good Fellow? Recommend them by submitting their name on this online form.
The Next Generation of Philatelic Leaders
The YPLF program connects young stamp collectors between the ages of 16 and 24 with knowledgeable philatelic leaders and access to unique learning experiences.
What is YPLF?
The Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program was founded by the American Philatelic Society in 2009 to identify and support the best and brightest aspiring philatelists. The program coordinates and funds transportation to, lodging during, and activities at; APS national shows, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and the American Philatelic Center for enthusiastic young collectors between the ages of 16 and 24. Additionally, YPLF connects participating Fellows with seasoned collectors, exhibitors, writers, and dealers to expand their perspectives and exposure in the philatelic world.
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Who can apply?
All young adult philatelists between the ages of 16 and 24 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age but may not be older than 24 as of August 1st of the application year. YPLF Class activities begin in August of the application year and run through the following August.
How do I apply?
Complete an application form, write an essay, and obtain two letters of recommendation. All application materials must be postmarked by May 15th and should be sent to: American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA, 16823.
I know someone who would be a great Fellow, how can I recommend him/her?
If you know a young adult philatelist between the ages of 16 – 24 that you believe would be interested in hearing more about the program, recommend them by completing this online form.
What is the cost of the program?
Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for each Fellow are paid for by the American Philatelic Society to enable Fellows to attend YPLF activities at no cost to them. A meal stipend is provided for an accompanying parent or guardian (for Fellows who are not yet 18 years old). Members of the Society donate funds to the YPLF program and without their generous support; the program would not be possible.