When assessing which Young Heroes to include in the Young Heroes Outreach curriculum, there are a number of considerations the National Liberty Museum makes to ensure each individual is someone from whom our students can learn. As part of our consideration, we work to identify Young Heroes whose story includes both achievements and obstacles. The curriculum includes a diversity of Young Heroes and the issues they address. These stories aim to be universally relevant — representing different cultures, identities, and backgrounds — giving the program a widespread appeal, whether facilitated locally or in any classroom in the US and beyond. The lasting impression of each featured Young Hero should be one of a young person who took action toward positive change and embodies the character traits the program highlights.
Considerations for Individual Heroes
Is the social issue the Hero addresses age appropriate, relatable, and/or relevant? Does the way the Hero addresses the social issue leave students feeling empowered rather than fearful or overwhelmed?
Is the action notable for its creativity, practicality, and/or attempt to deal with root causes of the social issue? Did the action inspire others to take action?
Does the Hero demonstrate some or all of the six character traits a Hero of Liberty embodies? The primary character traits our program promotes are:
> Respect (including whether the Hero’s action was considerate and inclusive)
> Responsibility (including acting as a leader and/or upstander)
> Perseverance (including any obstacles the Hero might have faced regardless of whether or not the Hero overcame them)
> Is the Hero addressing any social issues that are complex and may be interpreted as problematic to a group of people? Are the Hero’s opinions or actions similarly complex in a way that might cause disagreement? If either of these are the case, are we able to adequately address that complexity within the limited time the lessons provide? Would addressing those complexities be age-appropriate for our students?
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE COLLECTION OF HEROES
Diversity of Identities
There are a number of di erent identities for which we try to provide representation, and we consider each identity group individually. They are as follows:
> Age – (Within a “Young Hero” requirement of being under 18 at the time of their action) > Race – (Mostly within American constructs)
> Sexual Orientation > Abilities
Diversity of Social Issues
In addition to the considerations made for individual social issues, we aim to represent a diverse selection of issues. We include issues that directly a ect the lives of our students in order to provide relatability as well as those that may be new to them in order to expand their worldview.
Inclusion of Young Heroes Award Winners
Our curriculum includes NLM Young Heroes Awardees as a way of showcasing local, relatable, and achievable examples of “young heroism.”
Young Hero Story Summaries (ES): Click here to download.
Young Hero Story Summaries (MS): Click here to download.