Young Heroes Outreach Program

An innovative way to give students social and civic awareness and skills essential to the healthy development of our schools, communities, and society.

The National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program is a year-long educational initiative for grades 5-8 that empowers students in the areas of leadership, civic engagement, social justice, and critical thinking through project-based learning. Acting on the principle that liberty is a right every person and community should have, YHOP prepares young people to identify areas where liberty is lacking, and supports them in making social change in their schools and communities. After students complete our original curriculum, they will establish a Young Heroes Club in their school and engage in community action projects that foster long-lasting impact.
The inspiration for the Young Heroes Outreach Program is the Museum’s Young Heroes Award. This annual award, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes students who make a difference in their schools and communities. Acting on the principle that liberty is a right every person and community should have, the Young Heroes Award rewards young people who have identified areas where liberty is lacking, and have taken action to make social change. The outreach program aims to create more young heroes. Students will identify their own unique abilities, learn to responsibly use their 1st amendment rights, and work for positive social change in their schools and communities.
  • Act 48 certified Pre-Program Orientation for teachers and faculty advisors
  • A Museum Learning Experience for all participating students and teachers
  • Four Classroom workshops held at participating schools, facilitated by National Liberty Museum educators (please note: we only work with one grade per school)
  • Three additional workshops with students participating in the Young Heroes Club, helping them to put their knowledge into practice through community action projects
There are a limited number of openings to participate each year. Schools wishing to participate must begin the application process prior to the school year they wish to sign up for. The application process includes an online application questionnaire and an interview with prospective faculty advisors. Upon review, a member of our team will contact you to set up the interview. The deadline for online applications for the 2014-2015 school year is June 1, 2014.

For more detailed information please see our full brochure here: Young Heroes Outreach Brochure 2013-14

Thanks to the contributions of many generous companies, organizations and individuals who sponsor the program, the National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program is available to Philadelphia area schools at no charge. Participation in both the program and the club is free for all students at participating schools.
We would like to thank:

  • The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Caroline J. Sanders Charitable Trust
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Elias Family Foundation
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fox and Roach Charities
  • The Huston Foundation
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • The Lawrence Saunders Fund
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Lindy Communities
  • The Patricia Kind Family Foundation
  • The Paula Steinebach Trust
  • PECO
  • Republic Bank
  • Tozour Energy Systems

And all of the individual donors who have generously contributed to the program