December 1, 2015



Your gift between now and December 1, #GivingTuesday,  will support the National Constitution Center’s Young Citizens Scholarship Program which provides free admission for children from underserved communities in the Philadelphia region and beyond.  We rely on generous support from individuals, foundations and corporations to ensure that we can serve as many students as possible.  A donation of $25, $50, $100 or more can provide free admission for students, complimentary field trip planning materials for teachers, and help to ensure that more than 20,000 students can continue to benefit from the Young Citizens Scholarship Program.   Click here to support the Young Citizens Scholarship program today.

About the Young Citizens Scholarship Program

Students experience our interactive exhibits, theatrical performances, and daily museum programs while gaining a greater awareness and understanding of the U.S. Constitution.  Teachers and group leaders also receive complimentary trip planning materials that support civics curriculum corresponding to their students’ grade level.  

Government and Civics has been identified as a core 21st-century academic subject for K-12 students, the mastery of which is as essential to students’ success in today’s global environment as competencies in English, math, and science. Despite growing consensus on the importance of civic learning, the U.S. Department of Education continues to document shortfalls in students’ civic knowledge.  The National Constitution Centers’ interactive exhibits and engaging educational activities help to fill this gap.

The Young Citizens Scholarship Program provides:

•    Access to the Center’s main exhibit: The Story of We the People, Freedom Rising, an immersive theater experience, and Signers’ Hall, featuring 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
•    Special programs such as Living News—an interactive theatrical performance incorporating contemporary constitutional issues designed to encourage middle and high school audiences to view history as personally relevant and continuously informing the present.
•    Feature exhibits including Headed to the White House and Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights, which includes one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights, alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution.  

Why support constitutional education?
Civic learning promotes the dispositions upon which the strength of a democracy depends—including a willingness and ability to understand public issues, to view political engagement as a means of addressing communal challenges, and to exercise one’s rights. Studying Civics and Government helps instill in students key 21st-century skills vital to personal achievement, such as critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, communication, collaboration, and media literacy. Knowledge and understanding of Government and Civics has been has been deemed so vital that beginning in 2016, the SATs will include a section where students must interpret a passage from America’s Founding Documents. Your support will help ensure that all young people regardless of economic means can visit the National Constitution Center and gain a greater awareness and understanding of the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.

Your support will help to ensure that thousands of children regardless of economic means will have access to all of our interactive exhibits and engaging educational programs.  

Please support the Young Citizens Scholarship program and make your gift today.


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