The Satell Institute, the world’s foremost THINK and DO Tank for corporate social responsibility, recently published an article about the National Liberty’s Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program. We greatly appreciate their positive assessment of this program and proudly share their thoughts.
How a Nonprofit CEO is Turning Grade School Students and Donors into Heroes
The National Liberty Museum, under the leadership of CEO Gwen Borowsky, stands out as one of the most exciting and innovative attractions in the highly competitive Philadelphia museum market. Loved by children and adults alike for its inspiring stories about people whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all, the museum provides a unique educational program that teaches kids how to become great citizens through acts of heroism. It is inspiring tens of thousands of schoolchildren, as well as attracting companies and foundations engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
With its mission of promoting the lasting importance of liberty and civic engagement, the National Liberty Museum is helping young people grow successfully as values-based leaders through its Young Heroes Outreach Program (YHOP).
“Through YHOP, students between grades 4-8 develop the skills to become positive agents of change in their schools and communities. They use them to address issues like bullying, violence and abuse, like the stories of local, national and international young hero exemplars that are highlighted in the program’s curriculum,” says Gwen.
YHOP teaches students how to become great citizens.
“YHOP serves multiple classes in each participating school during the entire school year. An interesting question the students learn to answer is “how would a hero act?”.
Through the program, the students learn First Amendment themes and work on a project that makes a positive contribution to their school or community. This helps them acquire much needed social skills such as working collaboratively, exchanging ideas, planning, presenting ideas and turning their ideas into action. In short, they are learning civics and practicing democracy.
“A program aligned to our mission and our donors’ objectives.”
“The young people we serve with our character and civic education programs learn critical 21st century skills – leadership, empathy, social skills, and critical thinking that underpin academic success, responsible citizenship and, ultimately, the health of the community and liberty,” says Gwen.
“There are many corporations and philanthropists committed to preserving these values, committing dollars and time in YHOP to foster the next generation of active, engaged and responsible citizens.”