The National Liberty Museum celebrated its TD Bank 2016 Young Heroes Award on Thursday, August 11.

The annual TD Bank Young Heroes Award recognizes young people who have championed liberty through their actions to enact positive change in their schools and communities. Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs for Clear Channel Media, served as the emcee, as she has for several years. The keynote speaker was Alexa Grabelle, Founder of Bags of Books and the winner of a Young Heroes Award in 2013. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by TD Bank Representatives in presenting the awards. Tom Shoemaker, Commercial Market President, TD Bank, provided the sponsor remarks. The student selected for the top prize, the President’s Honor Award, is 16 year old Anthony Rivera from The U School in Philadelphia, PA. Anthony received a $2,000 award for his work to help young people productively express themselves and promote cultural tolerance and understanding through art, film, and music.

Photography by Shira Yudkoff.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners! Learn their stories by clicking on each name below.

Helen Everbach, Age 17
Strath Haven High School
Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Jordan Grabelle, Age 12
Voorhees Middle School
Voorhees, New Jersey

Alexandra Jackman, Age 16
Westfield High School
Westfield, New Jersey

Naomi G. Jones, Age 10
Edgarton Christian Academy
Newfield, New Jersey

Bethany Kuster, Age 10
Wind Gap Middle School
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania

Kia Mahootian, Age 17
New Explorations Into Science, Technology
and Math School, New York, New York

Alexa Jo Palmer, Age 18
John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kevin Perry Jr, Age 11
Julia de Burgos Elementary School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anthony Rivera, Age 16
The U School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nikolas Toocheck, Age 13
Unionville – Chadds Ford School District
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Ella Wilson, Age 10
Evans Elementary Schoo
Marlton, New Jersey

Aniya Wolfe, Age 14
Connections Academy
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

A 2016 Young Hero appeared on the Steve Harvey Television Show.  Watch a clip here.

 

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

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Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.