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.
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.
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!
I've been working with the My Hero Project since August and it's been an incredible experience, they're so supportive in their employees' creative endeavors and everybody I've spoken to are such wonderful people! I felt right at home since day one, I love it here.
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 brings light to stories art films and music featuring heroism in the world. This nonprofit is crucial in today's times when we need to build up people who are committing their lives to making the world a better place. MY HERO encourages tolerance, humanitarianism, environmentalism in young people. This organization has collected amazing inspiring stories from all over the world about goodness and hope.
I am grateful to see so many media makers using their skills to highlight the good in the world. We all need good news, and myhero.com is a place where you will certainly find it.
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.
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.
The My Hero Project identified me and my non profit, Get Inspired to be the subject of a short film on the work that I do in he community. As I learned all about this organization, I grew to know the professionalism, talents and passion that they have for their work! The short film that they made about me inspired me! Their work is international and touches millions. They are striving to Inspire and they do. I am so grateful to have been part of this project. There is such a need for this work. Thank you My Hero Project!
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.
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 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.
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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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
It is a good opportunity for my students to work on my hero project .Though it was a little bit difficult to manage their time since they have exams and the term was short .They have chosen t wo persons from ther the algerian culture and history.i
It is a huge honour for me and for my students that we took part in My Hero: Call to Action Project.It was for the first time when we have joined this International collaborative Learning Circle .My students’ work is appreciated by Global teaching faculty.It is a huge honour for me and for my students. First of all, my students prepared “Class Survey” which was uploaded on youtube and shared with Learning Circle members. It was marvelous experience to make it and very satisfying moment when we heard beautiful comments about the Class Survey by facilitator Wendy and other partners.
Then the students had discussion about their Heroes. Everyone has their own views ranges from class discussion to Skype with Azerbaijani students. Special thanks to Wendy and Ayton. My students had a great class discussion and finally they decided to spread message to CARE for everything. They decided to visit a school where students with special needs are getting their education. Before this visit they prepared beautiful cards for these students, painted/decorated pots by writing CARE messages on it and started saving their pocket money to buy eatables for these students.
On 26.04.16 ,My Grade10 students along with four teachers visited RED CROSS SCHOOL FOR DEAF, Jalandhar City, which is 40 km far from our school.They presented all the gifts,cards,pots and eatables to the students. It was really great feeling of CARE, care towards the weaker section of the society. They also learned their sign language, observed their classes and made new friends. Photographs of this visit are attached herewith.
On 30.04.16 , a special morning assembly was organized in our school. In this assembly students shared their experiences about MY HERO Project and their visit to RED CROSS SCHOOL FOR DEAF. This is all about our journey of six months. But the story does not end here. My students got lifelong assets in the form of Life Skills through this project which they carry whole life along with them.
Harmeet Kaur Saini
Kamla Nehru Public School
I am an elementary school teacher in Taiwan. We joined this project this year and got inspired very much. At the beginning, my students didn't quite understand the meanings of hero. They might name some celebrities on TV and movies or people who are very nice to them. Later after discussion, they came to know more about how to define a great person by his or her influential deeds. Students also know more about other foreign heroes from reading them on My Hero webpages. We cherish and enjoy this wonderful experience!
It was a great experience both for me and MY STUDENTS. AS MY STUDENTS WERE TO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE in the world, they did not first realized what their action should be. At the end of this project they became very responsible kids for their actions towards others and gained the skills of writing and retelling their stories. It was a wonderful experience for me as well. I contacted with the colleagues around the world, shared their thoughts and ideas and could gain more knowledge and skills about how successfully we could organize a project.
Amazing nonprofit with whom my kids had a great learning experience and as a teacher, I connected with great people from other schools. This experience broadened my and my pupils' horizons.
This year, my students and I have taken part in the My Hero Learning Circles Project for the first time and we found the experience so exciting and useful. For such a long time I wanted to learn how to make short videos and here the chance occured. I have tried it first on my own, then , having succedeed, I realized I can motivate and instill my students to do it as well.
They enjoyed it! We did it! It is a thing that we aren't tought at school through the curricula, thus it is a step forward in our personal development process. We are very thankful for the provided opportunity. Thank you to the project coordinators. Hope we shall see each other, on line, next year!
This school year I participated twice in My Hero project. It is a project that helped my pupils discover the heroes from their country,they also learnt a lot about heroes from other countries. It is a project which helped my pupils realize some important things in their life. They understood that the world can be changed by their help too. Only if you do something you can receive something. I am going to continue participating with my students in this project because it is a good way to make this world better.
The MY HERO Project changed my life for the better in so many ways! I am so grateful for the mentorship they not only gave me but my daughter Slater as well. Her path as a filmmaker started when they put a camera in her hands at 6 and then mentored her through a series of short films about heroes. I have met so many amazing teachers and students from around the world leading the MY HERO Learnings Circles... Who teach me the meaning of empathy, love and community. A nurturing place to go online!
My Hero changes lives by celebrating the best of humanity. The website is my favorite place to go if I want some positive news, story or media, and I'm never disappointed. You come away uplifted, inspired, and hopeful for the future of a peaceful global community that can work individually and together to tackle and solve whatever problems arise. That's why I, as a high school teacher, use the My Hero project every year in multiple ways with my students. They do research with the stories and films, then they write and film their own. It is a capstone for students learning how to explore and create positive change in the world, and a powerful site for their empowerment. Good for all ages, for many purposes, and really illustrates how a website can be a powerful global resource.
It is important for our society to provide role models for all ages and cultures, with as much vigor and reach as the most assertive commercial brand campaign. The majority of the web panders to base needs, including and especially to the searching adolescent with raging hormones. MyHero.com, which exposes the best of humanity to its young target audiences, serves a crucial purpose. MyHero.com provides content and curriculum with intelligence, appeal, graphics, entertainment and most importantly purely higher values. The spotlighted heroes are crowd-sourced, an inherently democratic selection, and without espousing a particular single ideology. This non-profit does not exploit the commercial aspects of the generic symbol of hero, as opposed to CNN and other profit-driven media conglomerates. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, the My Hero Project, a great non-profit, deserves to be recognized and supported for its impressive contributions, which are easily observed by clicking on the link http://www. MyHero.com. I can select most of the Your Roles listed and have been enthusiastic about working with Jeanne and her motivated staff for decades.
My Hero is MY HERO. This is one of the very best educational on line projects that emulates the POSITIVE things in life at a time when so much disastrous and destructive acts seem to permeate our environment. By having such a great CREATIVE project that affords people the opportunity to share the good there is on this earth through personal stories, videos, music and other interactive event, we can feel the joy and hope that our world can be rescued and healed whether it be caused by natural and/or human disasters. The staff of My Hero walk the talk and collaborate with true talent and goodness and always have a kind and helpful word/gesture to support those of us who hunger for and work for a Culture of Peace. I LOVE MY HERO and all they do. The results are truly meaningful and I have been witness to their success of "an act of peace creates peace". The networking that takes place is beyond awesome and lifelong friends have come from this project, because it works wonders in so many fabulous ways!
2015 My Hero Media Access Salon: Celebrating Deaf Talent in Music, Arts & Media!
Jo-Ann Dean, Arts & Entertainment Producer/Deaf Talent Guild
The event was an amazing bridge between two cultures separated by language not disability. American Sign Language (ASL) and stellar talent in the performing arts broke barriers with their clips of work shown to a mixed audience of 100+ entertainment professionals. Candid panel discussion and dialogue opened regarding Hollywood and Independent Films nontraditional casting. It was historical. Audience and panel were engaged as seldom heard voices were given the space and platform for expression. The effect was profound.
The My Hero Project was truly embraced as everyone in the audience learned something about each other. Deaf culture and talent were explored and shared by and amongst those in the audience and on the panel. Hosts one Hearing and one Deaf shared the intimate cultural experience bestowing identity through an ASL name sign. The exchange of ABC’s in ASL was an icebreaker followed by ABC cultural storytelling led to communal place of learning and sharing through the performing arts and media.
An emerging genre of ASL Music Videos by Deaf Rapper Sean Forbes opened the event followed by panelist’s clips of work in TV, Film and Theater including Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening at The Wallis and “No Ordinary Hero” feature film starring Marlee Matlin directed by panelist Troy Kotsur and documentary Jules by WIGS showing behind the scenes making of Adele’s music video Rolling in the Deep.
Bernard Bragg Co-Founder of National Theatre of the Deaf who is an 87 year-old entertainment veteran summed up his experience being honored and a panelist at My Hero Media Access Salon. “I have been waiting my whole life for this discussion to take place.” Host Alan “Spo” Schwartz and actress Katharine “Kat” Kramer both exemplified the fact “We are all heroes.”
Kudos My Hero Project for hosting this event. Greater Los Angeles Association for the Deaf (GLAD) representative Elizabeth Luttrell and California Association of the Deaf (CAD) in Entertainment’s Maria Monte Rey shared resources with the audience. The outreach stimulated much interest in The My Hero Project International Film Festival from the community. Five panelists included Music Video/Film/TV Director Jules Dameron, Actor/Director Troy Kotsur, Actress/Writer Kalen Feeney, Actress/Author Antoinette Abbamonte, ASL Performance Artist/Siren TL Forsberg and Her Deaf BoyZ rocked her original song “Darkside” to an awestruck audience.
Jo-Ann Dean, producer of event congratulate the My Hero Project for hosting the Media Access Salon at the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Educational Justice and Arts to Celebrate Deaf Talent, Culture and American Sign Language in Media.
Being a part of My hero project has helped my students on different levels. On the personal level they made new friends. They learned about each other preferences, cultures, interests, hobbies. Mainly they had a chance to appreciate their fellow friends and to respect their customs and traditions. On the academic level I also recognized that the new information was transforming into new knowledge mainly on several language skills; reading, writing, use of English and listening. They all had been reinforced, practiced or learned. We have taken part on other fun projects related to cooking and world wide cuisine.
One of my students' dad passed away right after we had completed one of several participations on the My Hero project. Jaime told me that being a part of this project helped him not only to talk about his beloved father interests, hobbies and human traits but to cope with pain of such a lost; "sharing with other teenagers the importance of treasuring your family every second, of every day, for the rest of you lives, because you never know when you'll need to say goodbye ".
This project has enriched our lives in many ways both students and teachers. Long live the MY HERO project!
Participating in "My hero" project gave my students chance to think about a hero around them. It made them think what a hero is, why is the person hero for them, what abilities did/does the hero have and what personalities or activities made them most interested.This project helped the students to develop their reading and writing skills. While working on the project the students became wore motivated and responsible. The project helped them to develop researching, creative, team and communicative skills. They developed independent studying skills, also analytical, creative and critical thinking skills. "My Hero" project helped my students to improve their English language skills, increase vocabulary, develop technological skills on working with different technologies. The students became more responsible, they studied how to plan, research materials, make assessment of their researching, and at last make a product as a story or a film. We made stories about heroes and the student also found out a lot about the heroes around the world. This project was very interesting and useful for the students of my school and I hope my students and I will participate in the project in the future.