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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A Members-Only Event:
Strength & Fragility Exhibition Preview

NLM Members are invited to join us on Thursday, March 25 at 5pm for a virtual preview of the Museum’s newest exhibition Strength and Fragility: The Story of the NLM led by NLM CEO Gwen Borowsky. The centerpiece of the exhibition is this magnificent 9-feet-high glass canopy entitled the “Peace Portal.” The evening includes a cocktail demonstration by Teakwood Tavern and concludes with an artist-guided immersive sound bath experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the exhibition before it opens to the public – become a member today!

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Programs for Kids & Families

The NLM offers a full calendar of live and pre-recorded virtual 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.

Upcoming Events Include:
Celebrate Women's History Month with Live and prerecorded programs, Saturday & Sunday, March 20-21

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The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging digital experiences. Our Virtual NLM@Night series includes fun and informative entertainment on the subject of liberty specifically for adults.

Upcoming Events Include:
How to Be a Badass Lady of Liberty, Tuesday, March 16, 5pm

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Learn about NLM's Virtual Field Trip Programs

Looking for fun and educational virtual experiences for your students this school year? Let the National Liberty Museum’s educators bring liberty to life through tours, group discussions, games, crafts, and more that tell the amazing stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the name of freedom and equality.

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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.

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NLM Honors Outstanding Educators in the Delaware Valley and Beyond

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24. The ceremony honored 10 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators.

Learn their stories here. TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE 2021 AWARDS, CLICK HERE.

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.
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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.