Young Heroes Outreach Program

Young Heroes Outreach is an innovative way to give students social and civic awareness while teaching them essential skills for the healthy development of our schools, communities, and society.

The National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program is a year-long innovative educational initiative for grades 4-8.  This program 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 that 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 your students complete our original curriculum, they will establish a Young Heroes Club and execute community action projects that foster long-lasting impact.

The inspiration for the Young Heroes Outreach Program is the Museum’s Young Heroes Award, which, for many years, has recognized and rewarded students who make a difference in their schools and communities.  This outreach effort aims to create more young heroes by activating young people’s abilities, teaching them to responsibly use their rights, and guiding them in the process of enacting social change in their schools and communities.

  • An Act 48 workshop and ongoing teacher professional development.
  • An introductory Museum tour for all participating students and teachers. Transportation to and from the Museum is provided.
  • Delivery of an original Young Heroes curriculum package which includes a 10-lesson unit and other educational materials. A Museum educator will help facilitate several lessons and provide ongoing support.
  • Following the unit, students will move into the Action Phase, when they will act as a Club, either after school or during the school day. A Museum educator will help support club meetings.

Each school needs to have one or more designated faculty advisors (preferably at least two) who will coordinate program logistics, lead the curriculum, and guide the Action Phase of the program. If you are accepted into the program, you and your administration will be asked to sign an agreement detailing Young Heroes Outreach Program expectations and learning outcomes.  Further requirements are noted on the online application.

Thanks to the contributions of many generous companies, organizations, and individuals who sponsor the National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program, we can provide this program to Philadelphia-area public and parochial schools at no charge.

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 process includes an online application detailing your interest in the program, as well as an interview with prospective faculty advisors. Upon review of your application, a member of our team will contact you to set up the interview.

The application to become a part of YHOP will be available in Spring 2015.  Please check back in the coming weeks.

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 Charitable Trust
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fox and Roach Charities
  • Goldenberg Peanut Chews
  • 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
  • The TD Charitable Foundation
  • Tozour Energy Systems
  • The Wells Fargo Foundation

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

If you are a participating advisor in the YHOP, click here.

If you are a participating student in the YHOP, click here.