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.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Apply the program in two new universities, thus assisting new schools and sectors in Venezuela.
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.