League of Heroes Inspired is a nonprofit group currently run on a volunteer basis. We work closely with hospitals, advocacy programs, and other agencies to bring heroes to traumatized, troubled, or disadvantaged children and adolescents to inspire them to grow in a healthy, self-empowered way.
Why superheroes? Because these are the modern world’s role models: bigger than life, colorful, and experiencing the same trials and tribulations that real people do. The characters may be fictional, but the minds behind their evolution are very real and very human. The characters take real-world experiences to give them shape and depth in a way that kids — and adults — can relate to. When someone with a hearing aid or a terminal illness is seen taking on the world, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with aliens, gods, super-soldiers, and geniuses, it sends the message that anyone is capable of doing great things.
The mission of League of Heroes Inspired is to uphold and encourage the following principles:
- Self-esteem. Children and adolescents who have been through traumatizing circumstances are known to have lower self-esteem, lessened development of self-regulation, and tendencies towards such conditions as depression. Being able to draw parallels between the youths and favorite characters who are written to have similar backgrounds will provide an alternative perspective on their experiences.
- Motivation. Along with the aforementioned conditions such as depression comes an inclination towards apathy: “Why should I bother trying if it’s not going to change anything anyway?” The first step to encourage someone towards self-empowerment is to make them want to have a change.
- Self-empowerment. Seeing other people, fictional or otherwise, who have gone through similar experiences may be what at least some of the youths need to look for alternative methods of improving their circumstances, whether emotionally or otherwise.