by Marsha Rakestraw
October is Anti-Bullying Month, and many schools around the country are 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 inspire and foster a generation of heroes, check out these 14 resources for highlighting heroes, changemakers, and solutionaries.
1. Animal Hero Kids
This program is 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. Everyday Young Heroes
Youth Service America highlights young people, ages 5-25, who are working to help their communities and to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
5. The Gallery of Heroes
From The Hero Construction Company, an extensive library of real and fictional heroes.
6. 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.”
7. Goldman Environmental Prize
This organization annually honors grassroots environmental changemakers from around the world.
8. 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.
The organization Ashoka highlights young people who are stepping up as leaders and changemakers to help create a better world.
10. 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.”
11. The My Hero Project
This project provides a platform for people of all ages to create, share, and discover heroes through a variety of media, from art and audio, to short films and stories.
12. The Pollination Project
This organization gives a $1,000 grant to changemakers around the world each day and highlights their grantees’ work to help people, animals, and the Earth.
13. Stories of Solutionaries and Changemakers
On IHE’s curated Pinterest board, find stories about adult and youth changemakers and solutionaries who are working for a better world.
14. The Unbound Project
This multimedia project from renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and writer Dr. Keri Cronin highlights women “on the frontlines of animal advocacy.”
And for more resources about building heroes, check out our curated Pro-Hero/Anti-Bullying Pinterest board, which includes resources from essays and websites to videos and lesson plan ideas.