Young Heroes Outreach Program (YHOP)
FAQs & Application

  1. What is the mission of the Young Heroes Outreach Program (YHOP)?

    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.

  2. What kind of teachers is YHOP looking for?

    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.

  3. What grades can participate in the program?

    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.

  4. What is the time commitment for YHOP?

    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.

  5. What do the Affinity Levels mean?

    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

  6. What is the cost of the program for participating schools?

    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.

  7. Will participating students get to visit the National Liberty Museum?

    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.

  8. How can I apply to participate in YHOP?

    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.

  9. Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?

    Contact Lyssa Horvath, Manager of School Program, at 267.927.8015 or at

  10. What will the YHOP program look like during COVID-19?

    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

  • Contact Information

  • Teaching Information

  • YHOP Participation Information

  • If multiple teachers are joining from your school, please provide approximate number of total students.
    You will find definitions of these Affinity Levels in the FAQs above.
  • Comfort Level*

    On a scale of 1-5 in which 1 is Not at All Comfortable and 5 is Very Comfortable, what is your comfort level with the following:
  • This interest form is for the 2021-2022 school year. We will contact you shortly to proceed with this process. Thank you for your interest in the Young Heroes Outreach Program.


Fall is for kids and Families
at the NLM.

The NLM offers a full calendar of virtual and on-site programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Check out our exciting list of upcoming events for the fall.

Strength & Fragility Exhibition

*Final weeks to see the Peace Portal!

Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, immersive soundscapes and –*through September 12 only!– a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled the "Peace Portal.” Be sure to see this exhibition before the Peace Portal is taken down.

You'll find complete information here.

Art that acts as Social Commentary

The Graphic Content exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that take inspiration from counterculture tradition and give voice to those outside the mainstream. It features works that embody the artists' personal reflections on the current social and political climate.

The exhibition is on view through November 7, 2021
Learn more and purchase your Museum tickets now.

The artform of cartooning celebrates diversity, liberty, and inclusion

As a companion piece to the Graphic Content Exhibition, the NLM has brought back select pieces from Caretoons, a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. Through drawings submitted by children, as well as amateur and professional artists from around the world, the images in Caretoons grapple with contemporary issues through the approachable lens of cartoons and graphic art.

Click here to learn more and purchase your Museum tickets.

An exhibition celebrating NLM Award Winners

Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

Click here to learn more and purchase Museum tickets.

Events at NLM

The NLM hosts a robust calendar of programs and events for adults, from thought-provoking panel discussions to fun and engaging tours and workshops.

To see what's happening this summer, click here.

For special evening adult programs, visit NLM@Night.

Virtual Guided Group Tours now available

Here's a great way to enjoy the NLM. Our staff will lead you on a virtual tour of the Museum, as they explain our history, our mission, and our special exhibitions. We offer a range of virtual guided tour themes or we can customize a tour specifically for your group.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.