I want to be a hero

I want to be a hero

Guacara, VenezuelaGuacara, Venezuela
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We provide heroes with a training program on values and social awareness. We listen, understand and inspire heroes.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

I want to be a hero was created to solve two significant problems evidenced in most children attending public schools within Venezuela’s popular sectors. The first problem is children maltreatment and the second school drop out. Over 40% of the children in the research do not finish primary education and violence levels within classrooms increase significantly throughout children development. These behaviors studied in the schools of the city of Guacara Venezuela are generated by multiple factors, such as precarious conditions at schools, scarce attention to teaching values and social awareness, teaching methods that do not meet children needs and violence within family homes.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

“I Want to be a Hero” is an education program aimed at promoting values and social awareness within children in the school phase, by means of learning strategies that enable the maximum motivation of children to become a social hero. Our solution is developed within a university which generates a change in the environment for children, hero’s councilors are students who by means of applying the empathy value understand and work to improve children behaviors and most importantly to generate smiles within classrooms. We are a program aimed at developing children during free time, without teachers or mathematics, simply by playing games where heroes experience situations where they have to apply values such as empathy, friendship, respect, love and thus understand the importance of these values with the school and family.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Heroes are trained in a three modules program: Values, entrepreneurship and ecology, when completing these modules the person is considered a social hero. The model is developed applying the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, and Reinforcement) methodology to change behaviors. For example a class to practice empathy is the following, name of the class: Look at my heart, the first part of the class shows videos of children expressing feelings 8we create an alert), then they play a game where tell a problem to a friend (we create the desire) then they solve their friend’s problem (we generate the knowledge on how to apply empathy) finally children do something that bring happiness to a mate, and they repeat it in their homes covering the last two point of the model, provide the ability to apply the4 value and reinforce it. This model is repeated with different dynamics and strategies in the hero training process. Main activities carried out by children attending the three month’s program are: Getting to know my super powers (super powers are values such as empathy, love, friendship, respect) what I want to be when I grow older? (we motive children to dream about their future and how they can achieve so by applying the values). Develop you talent hero (we inspire heroes to practice a sport or other activity generating happiness to them).
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are organizations such as Fundación del Niño which work to improve children conditions, however, there is a limited offer of students programs focused on the creation of social heroes in terms of education of values and social awareness. This is the reason why we can say there are only a few competitors within this specific area, which generates the opportunity to expand the program to other universities in the country.
About You
Organization:
Quiero ser un Heroe en mi comunidad
About You
First Name

Haydee

Last Name

Gomez

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Quiero ser un Heroe en mi comunidad

Organization Country

, G, Guacara

Country where this project is creating social impact

, G, Guacara

Your role in Education

Administrator, After-School Provider, Counselor.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We provide heroes with a training program on values and social awareness. We listen, understand and inspire heroes.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We connect student’s innovation with the energy of children thus developing the most enjoyable program to train heroes.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Up to the present, the program has trained 200 heroes, from three different public schools, supported by over 50 councilors (volunteers). The change generated by us is evidenced by the drop out rate of the program which is 89.29% thus showing that children attend the program and parents are contributing with the process because they take their children to the training on Fridays and Saturdays. The motivation by children and families in participating actively in the “I want to be a hero” program is the most important impact to date. On the other hand, the qualitative impact of the program is evidenced in children who are motivated to study, mothers who are happy about their child’s’ change, the empathy of children in their homes and the application of values in the communities.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

The projected impact over the next 3 years is the graduation of over 1000 heroes and the capacity to assist over 400 children within the program each year in the different associated universities. The intention is to impact at least 20 public schools in this period of time: The program’s social impact is the reduction of children’s maltreatment levels within homes and classrooms, as well as the motivation to continue attending school actively. We will reach over 1000 families who will be united by a program focused on values and social awareness, thus generating a genuine change within the society.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The reduction of the financial contribution by the university. The plan is to develop a fund raising action addressed to corporations. Another barrier may be the design of internal programs at public schools focused on technology, ecology and values. The strategy to overcome this barrier is to continually innovate in the heroes training process and improve the program conditions to guarantee the trust from schools that enable us to train children on values.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Incorporation of two new schools in the city of Valencia to train 80 new children approximately.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Implant the program in the University’s headquarters in Valencia where the program is applied at present.

Task 2

Development of a Communications plan for communities and children within the aim of introducing “I want to be a hero”

Task 3

Recruit and train 30 new councilors (volunteers) in the Valencia headquarters of the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro UNITEC

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Apply the program in two new universities, thus assisting new schools and sectors in Venezuela.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Develop a partnership with social entrepreneurs from other universities to implement the program.

Task 2

Develop manuals and procedures for the program’s performance as the standard in any organization.

Task 3

Implement a sponsorship plan that allows covering the costs related to the application of the program in another region.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

The idea was developed by four female students who were requested to create a social project for the children of the community. It was when four friends were trying to find a solution to reduce school drop out rates and improve children’s behaviors (problem informed to us by teachers) that we through why don’t we train these kids to become the heroes that save the world? Thus creating a generating with values to change and improve our country. It is then when the program “I want to be a hero in my community” was born and became the dream of a group of young people who believe in the capacity of changing and the huge benefits that these changes generate within the society. Finally the project was approved and the dream came true and the super idea starts working thus materializing the heroes’ training program.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

Our main partnership is with Universidad Tecnológica del Centro which provides the infrastructure and human resources for the performance of the program. On the other hand public schools assisted are an important partnership since thanks to them we gain new students and we are able to monitor the program’s impact of the program.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

We are a structured horizontal organization with a team divided into two groups: Creative councilors (CC) and Technological councilors (TC). Strategic planning and control of the organization is carried out by a team of Strategic Councilors (SC) leading the program. It is important to point out that all human resources are university students from different careers who apply to the program for free; it means they are volunteers who do not receive a payment.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

The program requires resources that enable a greater and more effective Communications campaign, such as the development of a web portal, improved social networks management, development of audiovisual material such as videos in class. We are prepared to help other initiatives by contributing with innovating and creative ideas on how to manage university social organizations.