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Thursday, February 24 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
How to Make a Hero - Heroes Programs

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According to a study from the Government of Canada, 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

After spending decades working on the ground with youth who struggled with addictions and mental health, our team realized a common pattern across a collection of individual stories: a profound event occurring from the ages of 11-14 that set the youth’s life on a trajectory for using. It was clear that something had to be done before these kids started using that gave them the resilience to overcome the traumatic event that would have set them on the path to being an addict.

Impact Society is an Alberta-based charitable organization with the mission to help grow the confidence and resiliency of youth so they can build long-term values that contribute to a flourishing life. Founded in 1998, Impact Society is dedicated to helping community leaders, educators, and youth workers understand the process necessary to build up young people’s strengths. By working with, supporting, and celebrating educators, we can help youth undercover their unique gifts and abilities that will allow them to impact themselves and the world around them.

Our goal is to empower 1 million children across Canada to uncover their unique gifts and abilities.

The Heroes programs are curriculum-based resources for students, communities, and families that improve youth’s mental health and well-being. The Heroes programs are strength-based and science-backed to help young people grow in their capacity to relate to others, support each other, and build a flourishing community. Our programs do not merely teach the psychology behind mental illness and addictions, but rather equip youth with the values, confidence, and resilience to overcome life’s traumatic obstacles.

Each of the Heroes programs is designed for a unique member of the educational journey. The Heroes and Heroes 2 programs are designed for youth and educators from grades 6-10. Heroes at Home is a strength-based program for caregivers looking to extend the system of support beyond the classroom. While the Heroes are Warriors program is our Heroes program with Indigenous contextualization. It is a simple but effective twelve-session character education experience that helps participants see and build what’s already inside them—greatness.

Over 200,000 students, educators, and caregivers have participated to date and through extensive research to analyze the effectiveness of our programs, we can confidently say that the Heroes program empowers youth to seize opportunities and overcome challenges. Research shows that our evidence-based Heroes programs reduce negative actions and behaviours that can be considered harmful to the community and addresses prejudice and discrimination to create more respectful, equal, and positive communities. Our research shows:

The Heroes programs inspire youth to succeed. Studies on program participants show a 16% increase in school involvement, 19% increase in commitment to learning and a 32% increase in family communication. Following the program, 67% of students feel more optimistic about life and set personal life goals.

Circumstances, fears, and labels are addressed, broken down, and turned into strengths. This is shown by a 23% increase in self-esteem and a 35% increase in self-efficacy.
Confident youth perform better in school and life. Strengths central to the commitment to learning see significant increases. The importance of achievement increases by 27%, school engagement by 17% and school work by 14%.

We understand the role that educators play in helping us achieve our goal of serving 1 million of Canada’s youth. Our programs are a cost-effective investment for educators and caregivers interested in interrupting the patterns of addictions, and instead, giving youth the tools necessary to overcome adversity and create impact.

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Jordan Remple

Heroes Program Director, Impact Society
“Our vision is for every young person to have the tools and system of support they need to live a flourishing life.”Impact Society has been developing curriculum resources for students, educators, communities and families for over 25 years. Our signature program, Heroes, follows... Read More →

Thursday February 24, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
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