League of Heroes Inspired is a Volunteer-empowered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We work closely with hospitals, advocacy programs, and other agencies to bring archetypal Princesses and SuperHeroes to children ages 3-18 who have experienced trauma. We work to inspire their Hero Within…
Why SuperHeroes? To kids, the archetype-accurate Heroes (and in some settings, Princesses and other iconic characters) are the contemporary role models for archetypal Hero story arcs. The archetypal SuperHeroes all have origin stories involving childhood trauma. NOTE: Not all Princesses and SuperHeroes developed and engaged in media are SuperHero Archetypes.
Each Archetypal Princess and SuperHero had a traumatized background (think Cinderella, Superman…)!
The characters may be fictional, but the stories 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 traumatic history and/or demanding personal challenges is seen taking on Life’s calls for Heroism, it sends the message that everyone has The Hero Within! What we are doing is engaging proven psychological Art Therapy and Play Therapy with Narrative Therapy to change the self-image of a child who has been traumatized from “Victim” to “Hero on my Heroic Journey”.
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The mission of League of Heroes Inspired is ” Inspiring Children To Recognize And Access Their Hero Within! ” Our work is therapeutically- and evidence-based, reflecting 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 can provide a much more empowering perspective on their experiences.
- Motivation. Along with the aforementioned conditions such as Depression comes an inclination towards Apathy: “Why bother trying if it’s not going to change anything anyway?” A BIG step to encourage self-esteem and empowerment is to help them recognize they have the power to change.
- Self-empowerment. Seeing other people, fictional or otherwise, who have gone through relevant experiences often is what at many youths need for inspiration and as a boost to their sense of Self-Efficacy. Studies repeatedly prove that this unique practice often improves their sense of Hope, and facilitates their access to their innate skills to overcome their obstacles.