The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society is dedicated to engaging young people in the collection and study of classic U.S. stamps. One area of the Society’s engagement is through its support of the American Philatelic Society’s Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship (YPLF). Since 2010, the Classics Society has sponsored one participant per year in this exciting Youth Philately program.
The YPLF was founded in 2008 by USPCS Life Member and former Publicist Alex Haimann in partnership with the American Philatelic Society. The YPLF’s purpose is to seek out and engage the most enthusiastic young stamp collectors (ages 13-25) in United States. Once in the program, the YPLF provides for these young collectors to attend the events and visit the places that make philately exciting including the APS winter AmeriStamp show, the summer StampShow, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and the American Philatelic Society’s headquarters. Each Fellow chooses one of three Tracks (Author, Dealer or Exhibitor) in which they will complete a number of projects related to that Track. Throughout the course of the yearlong Fellowship, these Youth Fellows interact with a number of adult mentors who will guide each Fellow through their chosen Track.