Berger Montague Sponsors Local Middle School in National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program
For the 2018-2019 school year, Berger Montague sponsored southwest Philadelphia’s Tilden Middle School so students could participate in the National Liberty Museum’s Young Heroes Outreach Program (“YHOP”), a year-long civics and leadership education program for grades 4-8. The program culminated at the Young Heroes Impact Celebration on May 30, 2019 at Temple University.
YHOP empowers students to utilize their liberty toward making positive contributions in their local and global communities. The program does this by implementing a unique curriculum of social sciences, civics and government, and character education that is not often found in the classroom. After students complete the program’s nine-lesson classroom-based curriculum, they plan and execute a Community Action Project, which fosters long-lasting change in their school or community.
For their Community Action Project, the sixth graders at Tilden Middle School took on gun violence. Southwest Philadelphia has the highest amount of gun violence in the city, and tragically, one Tilden student was shot and killed during the school year. The Tilden sixth graders collaborated with students from Universal Vare Charter School to address gun violence in a powerful way. Students from both schools used their Freedoms of Speech, Petition, and Assembly to conduct a protest at City Hall. The goal of this protest was to make sure that decision makers in Philadelphia can’t let this issue drop.
On May 30, Tilden students joined over 900 Young Heroes from 18 Philadelphia-area schools to showcase their Community Action Projects at the Young Heroes Impact Celebration at Temple University. Some of the social issues that other schools focused on for their projects include sexism, animal cruelty, bullying, and homelessness.
YHOP is positively affecting Philadelphia by empowering young students to become civically aware, active, and engaged in positive actions to improve their neighborhoods and the city. Berger Montague is proud to support such a meaningful program.
Below are some photos from the Young Heroes Impact Celebration taken by Chair Emeritus & Managing Shareholder Sherrie R. Savett, who attended the event on behalf of the Firm.