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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: PROMOTES INSPIRATION AND CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS WITH TRUE STORIES OF HEROIC INDIVIDUALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. A CHILD-FRIENDLY RESOURCE OF HOPE FOR EDUCATORS AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

Target demographics: people of all ages share and discover stories about those making a positive difference in the world

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 20 million visitors in schools, homes, and libraries from all 50 states and from 194 countries.

Geographic areas served: all areas around the world

Programs: Media Arts Education, Local Hero Festivals in community centers and schools, The MY HERO Annual International Film Festival, Media Arts Education - Salon Series, International Day of Peace Event, Gallery workshops with hands on hero art activities at museums, schools, afterschool programs and community festivals and Celebrate Eco-Heroism to develop media literacy and environmental awareness.

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75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Rita Stern M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Art C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Nathan S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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ecopearl

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MY HERO is an incredible online resource for students, teachers, activists and individuals around the world. It not only builds people's skills, but promotes cross cultural exchange and the celebration of humanity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Mii P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sheri A S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Wendy J

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mohamed S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What the MY HERO PROJECT has bee able to accomplished since its inception is a little shy of extraordinary. As a kid growing up in Sierra Leone, I saw first hand its impact in enabling young people to use media and technology to powerful and heroic stories. If you are one of the few people who have yet to check this organization out, I implore you to do so soon. Great things await you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Mohamed Sidibay and I'm a peace activist. There are people we come across during our lifetime whose vision of hope and peace makes us believe in the good of mankind, Jeannie and The My Hero Project is one of those people. As a peace activist and a youth educator, The My Hero Project has serve not only as a platform for me, but has rallied behind me and my pursuit of trying to make the world a beautiful place. This past summer, i had the privileged of hosting the International Day of Peace for this great organization. As someone who came from a country ravaged by war, and saw first hand the impact of war, the opportunity to host such an event that recognizes individuals that are fighting to make the world a better place made me believe that I'm indeed more than my circumstances.

Cheikh Seck

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Cheikh Darou Seck and I am an English teacher from Senegal.This is one the best project I have been involved. To tell the truth this project changed my life since I met with its co-founder Jeanne Meyers in Slovakia in 2004. Ever since this project helped me see the world from a different angle as they taught me how to make video . They have also empowered so many Senegalese teachers and media students with the Global Exchange project that they initiated in 2007 with the US state department. As far as I can tell they have changed the life of people in countries like Jordan, Kosovo, Belarus, Macedonia to name but a few. It is a revolutionary project and a great educational tool as it helps students improve their reading and writing skills by sharpening their storytelling capabilities. It also helped people all over the world fitting them with technological means such as computers, video cameras, microphones so they can make films. before I met them I was just an English teacher. Now I am an English teacher, a film maker and a global educator.

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Moussa B. T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My Hero Project is an amazing collaborative learning tools. Educators and students around the world share their heroes stories through arts, audio and multimedia.
My Hero Project helped a lot my students, school and community. Because, thanks to my hero project my students developped their leadership skills. Their motivation and desire to learn increased. They also develop ability to work well with others.
My Hero Project develops a more inclusive and cooperative school climate and culture across the globe. It Invites students to become active community members. Students investigate and quest information about their heroes in the community.
I personally noticed that my students become more knowledgeable about heroes in Mali and around the world.
in sum, The My Hero Project benefit is endless. It will continue to celebrate the best of humanity for generations.