smiling kids looking upOctober is Anti-Bullying Month, and schools around the country will be putting special focus on bullying behaviors. Preventing bullying is an admirable goal, but as Hero Construction Company founder Matt Herndon said, “If we attack the negative, we can’t be successful. Instead, we have to promote the positive.” Matt’s strategy is to focus on helping students tap into their best selves and become ordinary heroes.

To help educators and parents inspire and foster a generation of heroes, check out these 11 resources for highlighting heroes.

1.  Animal Hero Kids
This is a new program dedicated to fostering empathy in youth and nurturing and recognizing stories of young people helping animals.

2.  Brower Youth Awards
Each year the Brower Youth Awards honor young people, ages 13 to 22, “living in North America who have shown outstanding leadership on a project or campaign with positive environmental and social impact.”

3.  CNN Heroes
Highlights inspiring heroes and changemakers from around the world, “everyday people changing the world.”

4.  The Gallery of Heroes
From The Hero Construction Company, an extensive library of real and fictional heroes.

5.  The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Every year the Barron Prize “honors 25 inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet.”

6.  Goldman Environmental Prize
This organization annually honors grassroots environmental changemakers from around the world.

7.  Kids Are Heroes
Get inspired by other kid changemakers who are working to help people, animals, and the earth. KAH highlights the work of young people around the world who are creating a better world.

8.  Moral Heroes
Moral Heroes offers an archive of inspirational people throughout history who have “sacrificed for the betterment of others socially, physically, politically, economically, or environmentally.”

9.  The New Heroes
This PBS series features changemakers who have stepped up and taken positive action to help those in need. Hosted by Robert Redford, the 4-hour series profiles 12 social entrepreneurs from around the world who are making a positive difference for others.

10.  PeaceFirst Prize Winners
This $50,000 prize showcases “young people who have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and had the courage and compassion to create lasting change.”

11.  SparkAction Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers
SparkAction honors “young people who are strengthening our democracy through what might seem an unlikely route given their ages: deep engagement in policymaking and governance.”


And for more resources about building heroes, check out our pro-hero global issues guide on Pinterest, which includes resources from essays and websites to videos and lesson plan ideas.