My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for My Hero Project Inc, Laguna Beach, CA, USA
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.