Universal Institute Charter

Grade: 7, Social Issue: Human Trafficking

Faculty Advisors:
Maria Redhair and Ron Johnson
School Principal:
Jeffrey Williams
Sponsored by:
Individual Donors

The 7th Grade Heroes at UIC chose a challenging issue to focus on for their action project and did not let any new challenges that the pandemic presented slow them down. During their research phase, they worked hard to understand how human trafficking and slavery could continue to exist in the modern world, and what could be done to stop it. In doing so, they were challenged to unlearn a lot of the myths that they had unconsciously picked-up, such as believing that all traffickers looked a certain way, and learned about the sophisticated methods traffickers used to lure their victims. Because of their hero training, the UIC Heroes understood that educating people about how to say safe would be the most powerful way to fight back against trafficking. However, they were faced with challenges of reaching out to all members of their diverse community, as they had learned anyone could be a victim of trafficking. UIC creatively approached this program by examining different kinds of digital media to determine which would be best for reaching different age groups. They decided to use Tik-Tok to encourage safety tips for kids their age; an illustrated comic strip to speak to younger children with fewer reading skills; and an informational flier and video for older audiences. All of these efforts were supported by the greater UIC community and principal, who helped ensure that the heroes’ efforts reached an even larger audience.

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Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences

Grade: 7, Social Issue: Nutrition/Food Insecurity

Faculty Advisors:
Nicole Dopirak and Ashley Simonvil
School Principal:
John Piniat
Sponsored by:
Individual Donors

The 7th grade Young Heroes at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences decided to tackle a social issue that is common in their own community: nutrition and food insecurity! As a Title One school, many students are not able to reliably get nutritious meals because they are too expensive. While the Young Heroes originally planned to create a food pantry for their fellow students, once COVID-19 hit, they realized that this idea would have to wait until they could return to school. However, that didn’t stop them from making a huge difference! These Young Heroes decided to adapt their research to create a presentation to teach the Feltonville community, and maybe even the general public, more about the types of foods they should be looking for (or avoiding!) to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic. The students even went two steps further: while working on this awareness and education campaign, they also put together a list of food distribution centers in their area where families who cannot afford food can receive meals – and where they can receive food for their pets as well!

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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.

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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.

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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.