The National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program (YHOP) ignites each student’s potential to make an impact in their school, community, and the world. YHOP empowers students to identify and investigate social issues, and take an active role in implementing civic projects.
We are looking for teachers who value character and civic education, believe in the importance of student voice, and want to apply real-world skills and context to student learning. Teachers should have a desire for students to create high-quality work and make a difference in their world and community. Teachers should be able to have open communication with YHOP Educators.
The Young Heroes Outreach Program is a yearlong initiative for students in grades 4-8. Our curriculum is written with suggested differentiated activities to serve every participating student. In addition, our YHOP Educators work collaboratively with participating faculty advisors to make each lesson successful for every class.
Participating faculty advisors will be responsible for facilitating nine 45-minute lessons in collaboration with a YHOP Educator. These lessons can be taught once a week or twice a week in the fall semester, depending on the preference of the faculty advisor and their class schedule. Once the lessons have been completed, the faculty advisor is responsible for supporting the students in the planning and implementation of their Social Action Project throughout the spring semester. Faculty advisors must attend 2 trainings: one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester.
There are two Affinity Levels:
Fellow Faculty Advisor
Any new or experienced YHOP teacher who values civics education, believes in the importance of student voice and project-based learning, and is inspired to connect students to the community around them and make a difference! Fellows will teach six of nine lessons, receive free professional development (and meals) with ACT 48 credits, and museum passes.
Requirements: YHOP 0+ years • Teach 6 of 10 lessons • Attend PDs • Complete Reflections • Facilitate Action Project
Benefits: Free Trainings with Meals (ACT 48 credits) • 5 Museum or Museum Program Passes (excludes member only events)
Master Faculty Advisor
An experienced YHOP teacher who is a leader in their school and a mentor to other YHOP teachers. They have a demonstrated commitment to honoring student voice and student action and make civic education central to their curriculum. These teachers will take on instruction of more of the YHOP lessons, receive free professional development (and meals!) with ACT 48 credits, micro-credential training badges, and passes to the museum and its programs.
Requirements: In YHOP for 5+ years • Teach 8 of 10 Lessons • Point of contact for school: applies, schedules with NLM educator, distributes information and materials • Mentors new teachers • Attends PD • Completes Lesson Reflections • Facilitates Action Project
Benefits: Free training with meals (Additional ACT 48 credits) • 10 Museum or Museum Program Passes
Thanks to the contributions of many generous corporations, foundations, and individuals who sponsor the Young Heroes Outreach Program, we are able to provide YHOP to Philadelphia-area public, charter, and parochial schools at no charge.
Yes. However, Covid-19 has changed the way student visits have been conducted. 60-minute field trips were offered virtually in the 2020-2021 school year, and as of now will continue to be virtual for the 2021-2022 school year. When in-person visits are resumed, we will follow all CDC and School District guidelines regarding safety and distancing.
If you are interested in bringing the program to your school for the 2021–2022 school year, please fill out the form below and we will contact you in June 2021.
Contact Lyssa Horvath, Manager of School Program, at 267.927.8015 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
YHOP was able to continue completely virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. We anticipate that NLM Educator visits will be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to make adjustments in line with current CDC and School District Guidelines.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete the form below. All fields with an asterik (*) are required. YHOP Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the summer. Teachers will be notified late summer about their acceptance into YHOP – keep an eye on your mail box! For questions, please reach out to our education team at email@example.com
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