The MY HERO Project tells the stories of positive change undertaken by humanity’s best role models. This includes those working for human rights, social justice, education, peace and environmental protection. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Director Yasmine Sherif, was one of such people to be highlighted, and received the 2020 Global Educator Award for her work in supporting the most vulnerable children in emergencies and protracted crises with safe and quality education. ECW is a proud advocate of MY HERO for empowering people to realize their potential and inspiring them to make the world a better place. -Education Cannot Wait, the UN’s global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises.
After I survived Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, MY HERO gave me the resources to create a Video Poem about my experience during the hurricane and what helped me get through it. They then gave me the opportunity to perform the poem at their annual festival as well as for a high school class. I feel forever grateful for this organization. I love their mission of spreading positive news throughout the world to counter all the negativity. There are many heroes among us. MY HERO not only shares their messages, but the organization is also comprised of heroes.
I first came across this non profit over 10 years ago. After seeing the great work they were doing I started to get involved making my own content and then helping out with events. I've enjoyed creating art with a purpose and the positivity of the content. I look forward to another 10 years.
The MY HERO Project empowers people to realize their potential and create positive change in the world. The project’s rich media library highlights humanity’s best role models, offering inspired stories of perseverance, courage, kindness and compassion. As the Director of Education Cannot Wait, the UN’s global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, I was honored to receive the 2020 Global Educator Award and look forward to continued collaboration with MY HERO to highlight the many unsung heroes that make it possible for the most marginalized girls and boys to receive a safe, inclusive and holistic education.
-Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait
The My Hero Project is an inspiring program that highlights the great work of our world's Heroes. Some of which you would never hear about were it not for this project. I am a recipient of the My Hero Award. Their filmmakers did an award winning job on the film portraying my work. I regularly get emails from people who comment on how good the film is. Not only am I recipient but I follow the project and look for inspiration from it. Especially now, we need more programs like this to show the good in the world and the people who are doing it.
The My hero project lifts people up in many ways. The My hero project helped me bring attention to the work that my charity does. They produced a very high quality film about our work which was recognized for an award. They highlighted what we do in a way that everyone understands and relates to. It is wonderful to see what everyone is doing in the world to make it a better place. We don't get enough of it. Their mission helps people see this and elevates us.
My name is Cheikh Darou Seck and I am the representative of the MY HERO project in Senegal. I connected with the project in 2004, in Slovakia. Since then the MY HERO project has helped me grow and reach professional development, as it has been helping teachers and students in Senegal develop skills in video production and digital story telling and therefore opening up to the world. I think that this project that celebrates the best of humanity, providing role models and healthy inspiration to the younger generations is one of the most revolutionary in the world. My journey with the MY HERO project has been an amazing one as it has opened up my eyes and those of my students to global issues and potential solution research.
The MY HERO project commitment in education has a tremendous impact on teachers and students from all walks of life and its archive filled with lesson plans and stories of heroes from all around the world is still a wonder to me after nearly two decades of involvement in the project.
In 2008, The MY HERO project launched the Global Exchange project that included six countries (USA, Senegal, Jordan, Belarus, Kosovo and Macedonia) and not only sent some video production equipements in those countries but provided mentors who journeyed th country members to train them. This was the first of a series of actions that the MY HERO project was going to take to capacitate the participants.
My dearest wish is to see this project keep growing, encompassing more countries and schools to inspire much more people in the world. The MY HERO project is the best project I have taken part in so far.
One morning of July 2004 in Slovakia my life took a sharp turn When I met with Jeanne Meyers, the director of the My Hero project. I fell in love right away with the project and I started celebrating heroes around the world with my students. The kind of social, cultural and human values that My Hero celebrates are extremely helpful in our Senegalese educational system. We need to promote the values of love, empathy, supportiveness, and humanity in an ever growing world of mutations and the My Hero project is there with an incredibly huge archive of thousands of inspiring stories that can change your life overnight. As a project based on showing examples of people whose lives have been exceptional in terms of positive impacts that they made in their community, My Hero has touched the life of so many people in the world. As a revolutionary project celebrating the best of humanity, My Hero is the best partner of education that I know of. It helped me bring a much needed change in my life and in the life of my students. In effect in 2008, the My Hero project initiated a Global Exchange to help Senegal and other countries learn about digital media. Due to that life changing experience some Senegalese students and teachers learned to produce documentaries about their heroes, which has been a great achievement that they could not have got without the empowerment of the My Hero project. I sincerely believe that changing people's life for the better is the least thing that the My Hero project does. In fact the project helps people realize the potential that they have in becoming agents of change that can help the members of their community have a better future.
My Hero Project has set the standard for using storytelling and media to celebrate and encourage the "better angels" of our human nature. Probably one of my favorite My Hero Film Festival nights was when two of my all-time heroes, Mohamed Sidibay and Erin Gruwell, were speakers - they lit up the sky for miles around.
Cleveland Charter High School has made good use of the My Hero curriculum and our film students have made their own enlightened movies. I have been so touched by their stories - especially when our students profile their parents or grandparents as their heroes.
My Hero - a simple and very accessible concept, with profound and world-changing impact - teaching everyone they too, can be a hero and change the world.
It's such a great opportunity for me and my students to always participate in the my hero . Coz it has help us learnt a lot and able to get learning materials online etc. It's been 8-9 years now I have been working with the my hero and we will continue to still work with myhero.
As a teacher constantly looking for new, relevant and exciting curriculum, I could not believe the wealth of FREE resources offered by MY HERO. Not only that, the organization offers a platform for my students to publish their work easily and they even offer tutorials as to how to upload stories, artwork and films.
Their mission is to empower people of all ages to realize their own potential to create positive change in the world and to provide teachers, students & life-learners a safe place to share their appreciation of the best of humanity - boy, do they do that!
There is a are a plethora of lesson plans filled with incredible multimedia resources for a wide range of subjects and age groups, which focus on those working for human rights, social justice, peace and environmental protection.
There are also many other ways for students to get involved, through the contests, which offer very generous prizes, and the annual film festival.
I honestly do not know of any other educational organization offering so much for so little and for such worthy causes: human rights, environmental awareness, tolerance, media literacy and the arts.
Thank you MY HERO!
With today's media focus on separation, hostility, hate and dystopia, it is hard to find articles on human caring, compassionate people healing through kindness and aligned with our highest moral principles. My Hero Project is one of those. You are deeply appreciated.
MY HEROs ever growing curated library of art, films and essays by professionals and students make this website a rich destination to learn about diverse heroes from around the globe. MY HERO has resources for teachers, students and parents and is used by millions around the world
The My Hero Project astounds me with all that they do on behalf of teachers and students. We all need role models to inspire and show us all that we can be. My Hero introduces those role models to people of all ages through the power of media. My Hero curates a beautiful collection of films about true heroes –individuals who make the world better in a variety of fields and settings, heroes who are historic and contemporary. These films inform and inspire. The My Hero staff makes their films available internationally. They create projects for teachers to engage in the materials and use them with their students. I have been fortunate to be honored with their Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award, as well as have my students in The Righteous Conversations Project be honored for their films that tell the stories of Holocaust survivors. (Photo depicts Holocaust survivor Michele Rodri, RCP student filmmaker Trey Carlisle, and Cheri Gaulke, filmmaker, educator and Artistic Director of The Righteous Conversations Project)
I've volunteered with the My Hero Project for over a year now and I have loved every single second of it! Everybody who is involved is so kind, caring, and so helpful towards supporting young filmmakers. If I could rate above a 5/5 I would, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and I am so excited to continue supporting My Hero in the future.
The MYHERO Project is having a tremendous impact with positive media in education.
Teachers and students from around the world benefit from the uplifting content on the website.
Artists and activist are given a global platform to share their work. The International Film festival features films about heroes all across the globe who are working hard to make the world a better place!
I am personally uplifted by working with the short film submissions and seeing how much good there is in this world. Thank you MY HERO!
I have been working with The MY HERO Project since 2005 and I continue to be touched by the positive social impact of the organization. I've seen young filmmakers grow into professionals with a powerful voice after being recognized in our International Film Festival. I've seen elementary school students inspired to make a difference in their own lives after watching films on our site. Interns who join The MY HERO Project are empowered to learn digital media and storytelling skills that further their professional careers.
The content on MY HERO elevates, inspires and encourages activism in young and old alike.
The MY HERO Project gives students the opportunity to celebrate the best of humanity. Students become empowered to realize their own potential to make a positive difference in their own communities by honoring everyday heroes. My students connected directly with students in countries such as Romania, Russia, Morocco, Taiwan, and Sierra Leone through MY HERO Learning Circles. They were able to collaborate on the topic of heroes, and the difference between a celebrity and a hero, while at the same time learning about other cultures. My students not only have published essays about their personal heroes on the website, but they also read stories and watched films about heroes connected to the class curriculum. In today's world with coronavirus and virtual learning, the fact that all MY HERO FREE resources are available online to students and educators is invaluable.
For over 10 years,, my 4th and 6th grade students have participated in The MY HERO Project. They became aware of how issues affect communities differently around the world while learning about heroes making a positive difference globally. My students have been inspired to submit stories and short films to MY HERO for publication on their website. In addition, my students have taken part in the MY HERO iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) Learning Circles, which has connected students from our school in New Jersey to other classes around the world, such as Sierra Leone, Taiwan, Russia, Moldova, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya and more. Students collaborated online and learned more about other countries' cultures. After collaborating with the school in Sierra Leone, my students learned that many children, particularly girls, are not able to go to school due to the cost of tuition. After learning this, students were motivated to create a fundraiser activity to raise money at our school’s Homecoming. The money raised was enough to send over 30 children to school for a year in Sierra Leone. MY HERO has inspired my students, and others, to make a positive difference in the world.
I’ve used MY HERO resources countless times in my classroom. It’s my go to site for inspiring films, stories, and artwork from people around the world. It was especially helpful as we had to do remote learning. There are so many ways to use all the resources from this project including having students participate in their contests.
The MY HERO Project has opened up a plethora of opportunities for me and provided me with the most wonderful support whilst interning for them. The work that MY HERO does is so important and impacts people in 197 countries; they never cease working towards equality and education for all. I have enjoyed every minute of working with MY HERO and can confidently that they have changed my life for the better.
I can't properly express my enjoyment working with this nonprofit. They have given me the opportunity to work on my skills whilst guiding me through their community and helping me help them to the best of my ability. They have been warm and welcoming, and aligned with their values throughout the whole process which I greatly appreciate. It has truly been an honour to work alongside such an important mission and I will continue to contribute to their charity for as long as they want me.
A wonderful organization, full of wonderful people. It was a tremendous pleasure to hear poetry at the particular event which the My Hero Project had organized: people of various backgrounds and nationalities reciting poetry on the general theme of international social justice. Such wonderful perspectives and stories. They foster a great community feeling.
My Hero is an amazing organization. It is all about acknowledging the accomplishments of others and celebrating exceptional humans. The women that run it are extraordinarily talented, inspirational and kind. The work they do is important, poignant and sustainable. Let’s all support the good that they do in the world.
My Hero has been an incredible partner both for our school and our students for many years. Not only is the process of learning rich but the products are often breathtaking.
My Hero is an educational platform offers a wide range of stories celebrating everyday and icon heroes from around the globe. Their film festival and international media efforts are making positive impacts on the lives of students and those engaging with these programs. I hope My Hero continue to produce this incredible treasure trove of uplifting stories aimed to the making this planet a better place.
We live at a historical moment in time that is hungry for heroes—heroes who help to save and improve the lives of people everywhere, heroes who crusade for social justice, heroes who work tirelessly to combat environmental threats and seek to make our world a safe and beautiful place to live for generations to come. The world needs more heroes and for more than a quarter century, My Hero has been dedicated to addressing that need. Not-for-profit digital media that celebrates heroes, made freely available on a non-commercial platform, enables people throughout the world to learn about and be inspired by heroes. When we have knowledge of heroes, and have come to be inspired by those heroes, we are enabled and empowered to act heroically ourselves.
My Hero gives us access to a diverse and powerful collection of stories about heroic people and their accomplishments. In doing so, it provides an alternative to the negative news we are inundated with on a daily basis and it enables us to imagine the good that could result if more people opted to modify their media diets—replacing stories centered on violence, fear, and hate with stories about peace, hope, and love. The My Hero library of videos and the annual My Hero Film Festival are full of positive and inspiring stories—and therein serve as a testament to humanity’s capacity for compassion, generosity, and resilience.
My Hero also provides a vast collection of educational resources that are designed to help educators highlight heroes and deeds of heroism as part of their classroom instruction—thus providing access to a diverse array of role models that students can be inspired by and ultimately emulate. My Hero has also provided technological resources and media-creation training to thousands of young people around the world. These engaging programs equip youth and their teachers with the skills they need to tell stories about the heroes in their communities and amplify their voice and viewpoints to audiences world-wide. Youth participants of My Hero programs have gone on to use their media and communication skills to further their educational and professional objectives. Many participants have also gone on to do heroic things, and therein become heroes in their own right.
We need more positive messages in our media diet, and we need more heroes in our world. My Hero is truly a great non-profit because it provides resources and experiences that help to create heroes by enabling everyone to see their heroic potential and see the good that can result when ordinary people take courageous steps to make the world a better place.
As a filmmaker focused on educating and promoting advocacy on behalf of the ocean and nature in general, I, on behalf of our film company, have sponsored a My Hero film site for the last 20 years. Only recently have I been moved to join the board of this inspirational nonprofit, originally founded in 1995 by its amazing creator, Jeanne Meyers, and her colleagues. Particularly, with the Covid 19 induced challenges to our in person learning environments, the extraordinarily creatively designed and multifaceted My Hero website provides important social and emotional learning opportunities for students of all ages while it focuses on celebrating diversity, honoring positive role models, championing social and conservation causes and promoting youth to create their own films honoring their local heroes. Since Covid 19 began, the traffic to MY Hero website has dramatically increased while funding has become more challenged. This is a nonprofit so worth contributing to in order to provide that special spark of inspiration and motivation for young and old particularly during these challenging, isolating times but as well as for any and all time.
To Whom this May Concern,
I am writing in support of The MY HERO Project. This nonprofit has been producing an online educational website serving educators and students around the world since 1995. I applaud the mission of MY HERO to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. The website's inspiring and curated media library - of stories, art, short films and lesson plans - enriches learning for students of all ages as well, as life learners. Taking part in this global storytelling project helps students understand the many ways each one of us can make a difference in the world. As we face the COVID challenge of distance learning, MY HERO's FREE online library of media provides much needed stories of hope and positive role models to empower our youth - our future heroes.
Thank you for your consideration.
Anaheim Union High School District
I began interning with the MY HERO Project two years ago and working for them has been a very positive experience. It has helped me improve my filmmaking and graphic design skills and has introduced me to hundreds of inspiring films, stories, and art. MY HERO has a very uplifting and powerful goal of "celebrating the best of humanity" and everyone at the company really strives to achieve this. MY HERO's website is a great resource for students, teachers, or anyone who appreciates art that makes a difference. I think that the hope and empowerment that MY HERO provides is much needed and I am very grateful to be part of this team of passionate individuals.
Everyone I have worked with and who attends the My Hero events are fully committed to maximizing the benefits of this nonprofit. Hearts and souls are poured into every aspect of My Hero. The most admired people of my community show up and put money and energy behind My Hero. The crowd always comes away inspired to give back more to the world because of this wonderful organization. I just wish CNN would give the credit and support Jeanne Meyers and staff deserve!
My Hero has been a great service to me. It has given me the opportunity to enhance my graphic design and film portfolio. It has given me an insight into journalism and young people that I thought I would never meet and I'm glad that I did.
The My Hero Project supports individuals and organizations pursuing solutions for problems affecting their local communities. Sometimes their actions coincide with larger movements, such as ecological conservation. Other times, the focus is very specific involving unique cultural behaviors. In all cases, the recipients of the "My Hero" award all evidence great dedication, selflessness, empathy, grit, determination, and courage. Some recipients have suffered physical and financial hardships resulting from their work. The "My Hero" program provides a much-deserved measure of recognition and reward for the hard work these heroes have put it year after year, and provide an uplifting example for the rest of us. I'm proud to be able to help support this organization with donations.
MY HERO's mission to display content related to the themes of heroism and character development is unique. Their focus on providing 100% free resources to teachers around the world to incorporate themes of heroism in their curriculum is appreciated now more than ever.
I was fortunate enough to attend a My Hero Film Festival a few years back. This exposed me to a world of extraordinary people and deeply moving projects. Thank you My Hero for giving a megaphone to such inspiring people - we need it now more than ever.
My Hero is an organization that not only recognizes historic individuals, but also the everyday person. It is an organization that is driven by the involvement of today’s youth sharing their voices to tell their own stories or to use their words to tell the stories of others. My Hero uses its media platform to allow people of all ages to express their gratitude and admiration for their hero in any way they wish. From film and music to writing and artwork, My Hero provides an outlet that allows someone to profess their admiration towards a person who has done great things. Not only do they recognize the historic people known by many, they give voice to those underrated, everyday people who are heroes in their own right. With the COVID-19 pandemic, they have given voice to those who want to recognize those risking their health everyday to help others. This organization helps shine a light on various topics as well, such as environmental awareness and how women transform media. Not only is it an organization that allows a creative outlet, it gives recognition and tells stories many may not have heard before, which also proves its educational value as well. It is a powerful organization that provides a voice to thousands of people in any way they wish to share it.
MY Hero project is an extremely valuable educational resource that teaches young people about social justice while celebrating exemplary heroic role models by using their media and technology platform. They help to bridge barriers by reaching a truly global audience and engaging young people with visual arts, film, audio arts, & writing to inspire hope and activate their participation in social change making. They also provide a comprehensive library of resources and guides for teachers to help facilitate this learning in their classrooms. Needless to say, as a Gen-Z filmmaker, I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to submit my short film excerpt about Vietnam napalm bomb survivor Kim Phuc to their film festival and for their global online platform. At a time when youth are faced with looming existential threats regarding our survival, MY HERO offers positive examples of how we might champion our own inner hero for peace and the planet.
- Kasha Sequoia Slavner, Filmmaker, Founder - The Global Sunrise Project
Especially during these continued difficult times, MY HERO continues to celebrate the best of humanity and provide platforms for filmmakers, humanitarians, students, and so many others to connect and promote heroism from all around the world. MY HERO has various resources, such as the Guestbook, contests, organizers, and many other tools to help educators and community members share stories and experiences. I love the MY HERO website, since it's a safe educational space that allows any voice to be heard.
Great engagement of young people with important global stories! True commitment. Important cause, particularly these days when heroes are in short supply and our focus is always outside our own window.
Last summer, I had an urgent need for a collaborative project that could be done completely online. And I needed it fast! Fortunately, I had just heard about the My Hero Project.
Normally, I teach a three-week "summer bridge" program for incoming freshmen at my high school. We introduce the students to our digital media program, take field trips, and create films with hands-on training.
This past summer, however, our entire program had to be taught in the virtual world because of the global pandemic.
Working with Laura and Jerrilyn at the My Hero Project was a godsend. They were able to help me create a high-quality My Hero digital video project and roll it out with my 35 students in a very short window of time.
The My Hero Project's extensive existing training materials, and staff support in creating a curriculum tailored for our program, helped make our summer bridge program a huge success. The students made 8 "My Hero" films in groups, all while being completely remote from one another.
I am so grateful for the help we received from My Hero Project, Inc.!
MY HERO has made me the subject of a documentary - it explores my life as a holocaust survivor, a refugee, a single parent and activist. The short film has helped me promote my work for social good and expanded the reach of many of the non profit organizations that I support. The film, "Eva Haller: A Work in Progress," has been screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Glasgow Caledonia University, The Rotary Club International Peace Conference and more. I have renewed connections with old friends and have been able to mentor others as a result of this documentary.
The work of MY HERO to showcase heroes of all ages from all walks of life makes it a unique destination of hope for students around the globe. I am so pleased to be a part of this organization and have joined its board so that I can help it further its important mission. I have also been been mentoring a young man whose life was changed by MY HERO. Mohamed Sidibay, a child soldier who witnessed the murder of his entire family. He was miraculously saved after 5 horrific years of war in Sierra Leone. Today he is a leading ambassador working with the United Nations to advocate for equal access to quality education for all. This is possible because of the support and encouragement of The MY HERO Project.
The project has changed his life, mine and millions of others by empowering people of all ages to use media, art and technology to share their inspiring stories.
I am so impressed by the outstanding work of My Hero. 20,000,000 people visit their website annually to see the filmed profiles of extraordinary role models. Stories of survival, courage, and inspiration are shared and amplified through My Hero's website and their film festival.
recently we met a young man whose life was changed: Mohamed Sidibay a child soldier witnessing the murder of his entire family. He was miraculously saved after 5 horrific years.
Today he is inspiring millions of young people, with the support and encouragement of My Hero Project.
Wonderful content, inspirational for all ages. Easy to navigate. Great for kids, educators, families, and so important and helpful to find ways to heal the world. My Hero is great!
MY HERO continues to provide inspiration to so many throughout the world. I am so happy to be a part of this global learning community. I have enjoyed attending the film festivals, the Laguna Hero Festival and meeting teachers and students from around the world because of my involvement with the project. I hope that others will continue to help support this important work so that MY HERO can continue to inspire others.
My Hero is a treasure trove of inspiring and educational films from around the world. They have so many great stories they help share and as I filmmaker I've always felt supported and celebrated when I've been lucky enough to be included in their festival.
Great organization with a unique and important mission. They serve an important role in shining a light on other non-profits, causes and people.
A race of storytellers is what we are. Humanity is defined by the stories we pass down from generations, stories of courage and heroism fuse the best of storytelling with the best of humanity. My Hero Project is a non-profit that rises to the call and challenge of fostering storytelling as a connection to heritage, identity, aspiration & inspiration in young people across the globe in all the ways that technology allows for storytelling today.
My Hero Project provides active storytelling challenges, regular film festivals & a wealth of media arts education materials & resources to enable the enthusiast expressing themselves through art, music, film or multi-media and My Hero Project also supports educators looking to enhance their curriculum with lesson plans and other resources to connect students in a meaningful way with the heroes of history and the legends rising in their own communities.
Support of My Hero Project is an investment in the humanity of every community that values Story & Courage.
My Hero Project brings the best of humanity into the spotlight with love and creativity! This organization provides opportunities for students and teachers to make and share films, writing, art, songs and lessons that highlight the lives, work and achievements of people dedicated to positive causes. What a fantastic effort to inspire present and future generations! In our digital world, their work's presence online is essential so students in virtual classrooms can tap into the wealth of knowledge at their website, https://myhero.com/. Our charity, Guitars in the Classroom, has been an enthusiastic partner for many years.
I am Margaret Chen from Taiwan. Last semester, my class and I joined MY HERO project of the iEARN Learning Circles. At first, I planned to let my students make their own webpages for sharing the heroes in their lives with our foreign partners. But the plan couldn’t keep up with the changes. At that time, the COVID-19 outbreak started to affect the educational systems worldwide, causing the closures of schools. We change the project plan. Our Tunisia project partner had a great idea – creating a padlet and encouraging students to share their ideas on COVID-19. Through the sharings, students from Taiwan and Tunisia communicated the changes of everyday lives, reflections on the causes of COVID-19, thankfulness to COVID-19 heroes, and what everyone could do to stop the pandemic. The collaboration was authentic learning, helping students see the cross-cultural similarities and differences, realize the power to change the world, and inspire them to act in a positive way. The students were eager to learn about what their partners said, so most of the time they themselves would go on the padlet to send postings and comments. The project just buids a bridge to connect the current world and the classroom.
My Hero also provides a lot of resources for educators. Best of all, the project facilitator always provides quick supports for participants, which is the main reason that I can complete the project successfully. I really appreciate My Hero team for bringing teachers and students such meaningful learning opportunities. I will be happy to join again and recommend My Hero to more educators.
The world, now more than ever, needs positive role models that can nurture and guide us toward a more peaceful and hopeful future. The MY HERO project is an incredible nonprofit organization. They celebrate the very best of humanity one story at a time. They use media and technology to empower people of all ages, around the globe, to realize their own potential to affect positive change.
It has been a special honor to actually meet some of the people featured on the MY HERO website and to learn about other heroes that I, otherwise, never would have known about. It has also been quite amazing to realize the impact this nonprofit has had on the lives of so many around the world.
I have been privileged to know some of the people who are involved with and run this great organization. Their hard work and dedication to lift us all up is nothing short of awe inspiring.
I have supported MY HERO's efforts to help others affect positive change for many years, but in so doing it is my life that has truly been enriched.
The My Hero Project is not only a project where students experienced the core skills and all the learning benefits that come with it, but also it's a life changing experience as the students tried to change their vision to the notion of what a hero is. They looked for the hero's around them and they loved the idea of having heroes and they learned a lot of values that changed their behaviour, their way of dealing with things in life.
I love how MyHero spent so much time on creating stories to get heroes get noticed. There are many individuals who contributed to our world and everyone should be a hero. I love how MyHero is a one stop site where you can get information from how these individuals contributed to the world we are in today. I have learned so much by reading the stories and make me appreciate a lot more.
I worked as an intern at MyHero for a couple of months. I have never worked at a nonprofit before. But it was one of the greatest experience. People were super friendly and I am happy that I got to learn.
I have loved the MY HERO Project since I first learned about it more than 20 years ago! What a simple idea--to celebrate humanity through the good news via stories, films, and art! The support for teachers is wonderful. For young people to have published their hero story online as part of this worldwide community must be thrilling!
I love MY HERO! I talk about the MY HERO Project at every education conference where I speak because everything about it--from the idea of a global repository of stories, short films, and art works celebrating humanity to the resources in the teacher room and the beautiful, accessible website--contribute to the positive understanding of the power of connections, mutual respect, and the value of seemingly small efforts to make the world a better place.
As a volunteer for The MY HERO Project ("MY HERO") I have not only experienced the deep impact that my volunteer work has had on my life but have also witnessed the powerful impact MY HERO has had on many thousands of other people. First, as to my own experience, I can say that MY HERO has carried out its mission of "empowering people of all ages to realize their own potential to create positive change in the world" by empowering me to pursue positive directions in my own life. In the course of contemplating and writing essays about three of my personal heroes I was able to touch the source of this deep empowerment. The life of one of my heroes embodies forgiveness in that this man was able to forgive, assist and make friends with the murderer of his son. The life of another one of my heroes is a testament to pure gratitude in that her life and works display an appreciation of others and of life itself despite the incredible hardships she withstood in her life. My third hero was an outspoken Japanese painter who survived the bombing of Tokyo and whose paintings depicted the horrors of war and the sanctity of peace. Studying her art and her life gave me a profound understanding of what it means to live a life dedicated to non-violence. And this same transformation that took place in me by the study of heroes has taken place in students in classrooms around the world who use MY HERO's commercial free interactive website to discover and honor heroes including people working for human rights, social justice and protection of our planet. This engagement helps students develop skills, including social and emotional intelligence and critical thinking. The MY HERO film festivals are powerful and fun, creating a deep sense of community in the participants and audience members. MY HERO is an amazing non-profit and speaking straight from the heart, I believe its greatest impact is to help students, teachers, seniors, and others around the world find meaning in life by creating positive change in the world.
Review from Guidestar
MY HERO has an incredible collection of inspirational and educational content. I am a social worker and often use their tools to ignite imaginations and build valuable skills. When I am working with children, I love using this resource to help explore their favorite heroes and who they want to be like when they grow up. We can choose their favorite medium and create their own hero art, songs, and even short films. It is an incredible resources and the newly redesigned website is very user friendly. I can't say enough about this wonderful nonprofit.
Review from Guidestar
I have never felt that people really understood the many ways in which The MY Hero Project
supports education in the digital age while promoting humanism and community.
The My Hero Project provides an AD FREE on line venue to share stories about heroes from all over the world. That alone would be a service. In the wake of the revelations of security breaches and fake news all over the internet, my appreciation of the MY Hero Project’s dedication to security and editorial control has grown enormously. Because the mission of The MY HERO Project is educational and users are often teachers, students and school age children, security has always been a priority.
My Hero is curated by an editorial staff to make sure all stories are appropriate for school age children. My Hero invites users to submit their stories of their heroes. The site offers help and support to teachers and students wanting to use use MY Hero in the classroom. We mentor students all over the world in learning how to make films that tell the stories of their heroes.
The mission of The My HERO Project is two fold: to teach the tools of communication in the digital age and to emphasize using those tools in identification and support of values based education.
What makes a hero? What values are embodied in acts of heroism? What do we as a society value?
How do we celebrate the “better angels of our nature” in a world inundated with stories of corruption and greed and racism. We do it by supporting the My Hero Project and listening to the stories (from all over the globe) of those working to make the world a better place.
Through stories, the great lessons of humanity are handed down through generations. Stories teach us about our world and encourage us to dream. The best of them can move us to be better humans. The MY HERO Project is a great resource for parents and educators who want to bring inspiring stories into the home or classroom. MY HERO’s archive of hero-themed narratives, works of art, music and short films offers something for every interest. I’m proud to be a contributor to this global educational project.
Review from Guidestar
In 1995, a group of parents founded The MY HERO Project to offer their children, and the world, an alternative to the negative and, sometimes, violent stories shown in mainstream media. Twenty years later, when access to media is as close as our phones, it’s more important than ever to share stories of the real life heroes who overcome challenges and obstacles to make a positive difference in the world.
It has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to have become involved with the MY HERO Project. Because as an aspiring filmmaker and activist, MY HERO has provided me with mentorship, inspiration, and life changing opportunities to use pursue my aspirations.
MY HERO uses its collection of films, songs, art pieces, and stories about people making the world a better place, to inspire young people like myself to use their gifts leave a positive impact as well.
I deeply resonate with this service that MY HERO provides, because it was through learning about heroes/activists in high-school that I developed my passion for social justice and filmmaking in the first place.
Furthermore, I admire how MY HERO gives youth a platform to have their skills in the arts, and their personal heroes, validated on MY HERO’s website and at their international film festivals. The MY HERO Project accepted two short documentaries I made in 2015 and 2016, in their international film festivals. As a result, I received the “Emerging Artist” award, and an internship opportunity to be a MY HERO youth correspondent .
Through my internship with MY HERO, I received life changing opportunities to develop my skills in filmmaking and reporting. For example, in April 2018, I served as a reporter and filmmaker at the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, AL. I interviewed civil rights legends like Rev. Jessie Jackson and Bernice A. King (Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter). Furthermore, MY HERO provided me with the training to edit my film, which I am now sharing with organizations across the nation.
Furthermore, for the past two years, MY HERO has provided me with the mentorship to create a student organization at my university that teaches youth values in global citizenship. The organization is called, Y.E.S. G.I.V.E (Youth Education Supporting Global Involvement and the Value of Empowerment).
I am eternally grateful for the inspiration, opportunities, and support MY HERO has given to me, and to youth across the globe. MY HERO truly empowers us to leave a positive impact on our communities.
Review from Guidestar
I've been involved with The MY HERO Project for over 15 years. They are an amazing project ran by an amazing group of individuals who truly believe that heroism is the key to a bright, peaceful future. The many programs offered by MY HERO are a great way to involve people of all ages and walks of life. From the easy-to-use Create program, to the annual international film festival, to the art gallery, audio archive, and of course my favorite feature - the Calendar.
Review from Guidestar
The MY HERO Project has a wonderful media arts education program-- I have seen so many incredible films, art works and audio tracks on their archive. Many were submitted as part of the media arts festival--I love to watch the short films and learn about inspiring heroes and great projects around the world! When I was working at a preschool, I shared some of the films for young people with my classes and the children just loved them!
Love all the events, always such a wonderful uplifting stories that put a new prospective of the world. I've attending multiple My Hero Project film events and I always leave there so inspired be everyone's story.
I was in my second year of college at the University of California, Irvine when I applied for an internship program that would give us a one-year internship at different companies throughout Orange County. I was lucky enough to get chosen by MY HERO and when I finished that year, I was fortunate enough to stay in the organization. Until this day, I stay in touch with the people I met at MY HERO because everyone there is so positive and friendly, and always willing to put themselves before others. MY HERO is not only a great organization because of the work they do, they are comprised of amazing people that work extremely hard to shine a light on positive role models across the world. During my time at MY HERO, I was able to meet heroes from many places and be a part of so many amazing events that bring so much joy to people. I can remember how after every film festival, attendees and honored heroes walk out of the theater with huge smiles and wanting to help others. Thanks to MY HERO, I was able to be a part of iEARN Argentina in 2014 where I got to meet a lot of teachers from different places around the world and connect with them about helping students be better people. It was an amazing experience filled with countless memories that I will never forget. Nowadays, when I'm having a rough day, I go to MY HERO and read some of my favorite stories or watch some inspiring films such as Biblioburro. MY HERO is about sharing your story of people helping others. Anybody that participates in MY HERO or has been a part of MY HERO, has nothing but good things to say. I'm grateful and glad that I have been able to be a part of MY HERO for so many years and am thankful for the opportunities Jeanne Meyers and Stephanie Cole have granted me. I will always feel that I am part of MY HERO and will continue to participate whether it be by promoting their website and events, or simply visiting the site. MY HERO, and their staff, is like a second family to me and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this awesome organization.
MY HERO Project has helped many independent filmmakers and artists, especially those within the youth community, have their voices heard through their films and artworks that shine a light on local and global heroes. Moreover, MY HERO Project offers the winning stories, arts, music, and films to be streamed for free on the MY HERO's website, which ultimately becomes a great tool for teachers whose passion is to spread the significance of positive heroism via different platforms of media in their classrooms.
Incredible non-profit that encourages heroism and positive social change in the world! By rewarding filmmakers for their work that aligns with the overview of the festival, we are raising awareness to the fact that film has the power to influence the world.
I love the way MyHero.com combines inspiration, altruism, and creativity with media, including social media. Its Facebook posts always bring a smile and a moment of gratitude for this world, the creatures in it (including us). MyHero.com reminds me joyfully of the need to contribute to our world's well-being.
I also love the work they do to support individuals around the world doing this work. MyHero.com makes this big, wide world a village.
With everything going on in the world right now, The MY HERO Project is like a calm, inspiring place to go, to remember that there really is great stuff going on in the world! There are so many people and organizations to celebrate, that we would never know about without this great global online project. I am so grateful to have been able to work with the MY HERO TEAM and teachers and students all around the world through facilitating the MY HERO Global Learning Circles. (www.myhero.com/learningcircles) We bring the world into your classroom and your class into the world.
Thank you MY HERO for your mentorship as well as keeping our team up to date with cutting edge multi-media tools that we share with our global educational community... for free.
I have watched The MY HERO Project grow over the past 17 years. Through the mentorship they provided to my daughter since the age of 6, she has now become an accomplished filmmaker and is currently in the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. The MY HERO Learning Circles have reached thousands of students and hundreds of teachers around the world working together to define and share who inspires them and who the heroes in their country are. In a world that sometimes seems so disconnected, the connections and friendships that are created by kids working together online and in their classrooms is invaluable. Thank you MY HERO for all you have done and continue to do.
The MY HERO Project chose me for an AAUW grant for a minority woman to work on a website dedicated to women transforming media and the world. The grant has positively impacted me and other minority women in their media skills while bringing the story of these unsung heroes to light. The director of the MY HERO Project and the Media Director Wendy Milette have been wonderful mentors. They have invested in and mentored many other women storytellers who have participated in The MY HERO Project and gone on to succeed in their fields. The MY HERO Project's mission to celebrate the best of humanity is a much-needed and worthy one.
I have been involved with The My Hero Project for over 20 years; I have watched it grow from an idea some mothers had about the power of media to provide inspirational stories of people changing the world for the better to one of the largest online archives of hero stories and films. The MY Hero Projects works with filmmakers and students all over the world providing lesson plans and mentorships.