We are a nonprofit organization that offers many membership benefits, one of which is an opportunity to create a legacy story in multiple languages that can be enhanced with photographs and electronic media. Students helping seniors, or adults helping others, create their legacy story receive a free legacy story for themselves but must use the same e-mail address. We identify our members by their e-mail address and each e-mail address can only have one set of stories associated with it. Therefore, to create another set of individual stories, a second membership will be needed, and it will require using a different e-mail address.
Using Web-based storytelling, our 32-year-old foundation encourages individuals and groups to record, share and archive their stories to demonstrate their ethnic, cultural and/or civic pride for the benefit of family, friends, associates and future generations. We invest more than half of the membership revenue generated by our legacy preservation component to improve K–12 social studies instruction; all schools, libraries and historical societies participate for free. The history of our nation is deeply tied to immigration, and ancestors of all Americans came here from diverse locations. Legacy stories share these experiences and offer insight, helping make history come alive for today’s students. Moreover, by researching and writing legacy stories, students learn more about the ethnic and cultural groups that make up their community and the people and organizations that contribute to its well-being. Our program preserves these stories, in perpetuity, on our Web site in a Heritage Honor Roll; they also are posted on the Americans All home pages of Legacy Partners.
For a one-time membership fee of $49.00 ($24.50 if a discount coupon code is used), members can create a legacy story to be published on our Heritage Honor Roll and the Americans All home pages of our Legacy Partners. In addition, members gain electronic access to our current social studies resources; an opportunity to create a shorter version of their online legacy story (up to 500 words) and print it in an 8½” x 11” format; printed posters acknowledging their support of Americans All and a membership card for discounts on goods and services offered by program partners. Moreover, Americans All members automatically receive a free, one-year trial subscription to our Social Legacy Network to gain more benefits.
Legacy Partners are education, ethnic and cultural groups, and local, regional and/or national groups, businesses or organizations whose missions reinforce our goals of creating and sharing legacy stories and supporting excellence in social studies instruction. They participate in our program at no cost because they host, on their home page(s) on our Web site, legacy stories of clients, members, associates and staff published on our Heritage Honor Roll to provide additional exposure for these stories.
Legacies created through Americans All are published on our Web site in a Heritage Honor Roll, in multiple languages, if desired. Members can also have their stories posted on the Americans All home pages of our Legacy Partners.
Revenue from the Heritage Honor Roll gives all K–12 schools, libraries and historical societies access to high-quality grade-level-specific classroom resources that meet state content requirement and professional development opportunities for teachers in social studies. The classroom resources are presented from multiple perspectives and are housed in electronic databases to keep diverse and technology-oriented students engaged. Links to other appropriate information strengthen learning opportunities and facilitate interdisciplinary connections. Professional development programs delivered via Web-based technologies improve teachers’ ability to infuse program and other resources into their social studies instruction. Teachers can also access teacher’s guides and sample simulations, lesson plans and test questions.
Our resources are available to all our nation’s libraries, historical societies and K–12 schools—regardless of structure, location or community wealth. This means, for example, that homeschools, schools on military bases, schools in isolated rural areas and schools in poor urban neighborhoods have the same access to quality instructional resources and professional development opportunities.
Our classroom resources focus on studying social studies from multiple perspectives and incorporate narratives and visuals. These features accommodate students’ different interests and learning styles. Engaged students are more likely to stay in school until graduation. Our state- and grade-level-specific resource databases support how each state teaches social studies at various grade levels. We leverage technology to keep information accessible and up to date.
We make available grade-level-specific teacher’s guides that suggest activities to help teachers teach effectively and creatively. Photographs, posters and music also help teachers bring history to life for their students. Americans All professional development programs for teachers include meetings and webinars. Through these forums, teachers can learn about promising strategies and best practices using our program and other resources to achieve excellence in social studies instruction and promote interdisciplinary learning. Teachers can access our Web site to find additional ideas and tools, including sample simulations, lesson plans and test questions.
The Social Legacy Network, an initiative of the nonprofit People of America Foundation, provides additional benefits to members of the Americans All program. Once you have registered for Americans All to create and share a legacy story, our foundation gifts you a free, one-year trial subscription in our network as a thank-you for supporting our mission of excellence in social studies education. In addition to receiving discounts from program partners, members receive a free one-year trial subscription to our Social Legacy Network—worth $1,750 in transferable tuition discounts at participating colleges and universities. After the trial period is over, members can elect to continue the subscription for only $4 per month. We do not automatically invoice for this benefit unless we are authorized to do so.
Data obtained from members creating a legacy story for the Heritage Honor Roll is confidential and is not shared. We only keep a member's e-mail and name. Information used to identify public and private schools has been obtained from public domain databases.
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