President Dwight Eisenhower

President Dwight Eisenhower

Welcome to the Sacramento Chapter

We would like to introduce you to Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge‘s newest chapter here in the greater Sacramento area.  We are excited to be able to offer students, teachers and the community an opportunity to participate in this great organization.  Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge was founded in 1949 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and others to “educate and inspire an awareness of the principles upon which America was founded and the responsibilities of citizens in a free society”. This mission is carried out in the Foundation’s education and award programs.  It is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-sectarian educational organization with a 501 C 3 status.  You can read about Freedom’s Foundation at www.freedomsfoundation.org, or click here for an informative video about the Freedom’s Foundation.  We are sure you will be interested in the following:

Education
We are currently accepting applications from 10th-12th grade students to attend the American Leaders Youth Summit, a three-day conference where students interact with experts on citizenship, democracy, the free enterprise system, the judicial system, and the American political process. The program includes thought-provoking lectures, historical tours, and experiential workshops, all designed to develop leadership skills and deepen an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of engaged citizenship.

Teacher Graduate Programs
Every summer, the Freedoms Foundation provides accredited educational programs that enable teachers to return to their classrooms with a deeper understanding of our nation and history.  These programs, taught by noted historians and faculty from leading institutions, give teachers the opportunity to continue their professional development in the areas of American history and contemporary issues pertaining to the American political process.

Constitution Forum
The Sacramento Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation provides local students with the opportunity, through their schools, to participate in a one day forum to help build basic civic knowledge, promote civic engagement, provide actual practice in democratic deliberation, and strengthen student voice.  The goal of this Forum is to inspire students to become informed citizens, aware of the responsibilities of citizenship, and engaged as leaders in their schools, neighborhoods, and families. Student participants are challenged to articulate their views and perceptions about their constitutional rights and responsibilities while participating in committee meetings and a mock Congress.

Leavy Awards
Since 1977, the Freedoms Foundation and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavy Foundation have honored outstanding teachers for bringing passion and creativity to their classrooms as they teach students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.  The awards program recognizes educators at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college levels for innovative and effective techniques in teaching entrepreneurship and the free enterprise education. Up to twenty cash awards are made annually valued at $7,500 each. One meritorious award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry. To date, the program has recognized nearly 500 teachers from across the country and awarded over $3 million.

National Awards
Since its founding, the Freedoms Foundation has honored more than 56,000 individuals from all walks of life for outstanding civic achievements through its National Awards Program.  This program was established as a way to say “thank you” to those citizens and organizations whose projects, words or deeds reflect the best of the American spirit of volunteerism and community service. We search for those doing good work in their communities and bringing about the best in the spirit of America. Entries should focus on the themes of patriotism, responsible citizenship, values and community involvement.


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