Heroes Helping Heroes
Who are we? We are Heroes. We make a difference in the lives of local at-risk youth. And as these youth develop in our program, they themselves become Heroes to other kids in need. That’s the POWER of this liberating, life-changing “helping chain”. That’s the POWER of Heroes Helping Heroes.
What makes us different? Success. Heroes Helping Heroes is a highly involved and highly effective, pro-active youth development system based on the “Accountability Factor.” From day one, the value of being 100% accountable for one’s actions is instilled. Here, everything is earned. And perhaps that’s the biggest life lesson of all. We provide positive guidance by reinforcing personal responsibility through the importance of disciplined education and taking an active hands-on role in community service.
Founded in 2000, Heroes Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit program that helps at-risk youth between the ages of 5 through 18 years old. Programming is held at The Salvation Army Middle River Boys and Girls Club, Middle River Middle School, and Martin Boulevard Elementary School. As you’ll see in our success stories and testimonials, this life-changing after school development program significantly influences young lives each day, paving way to a brighter future.
THE H3 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM®
Our uniquely designed three-part program known as The H3 Youth Development System® aims to improve the overall lives and futures of at-risk youth in Baltimore by building academic performance, community service and teamwork through athletics. All the essentials that build responsible, independent, caring heroes that in turn inspire others, making a positive impact on the community – right here in Baltimore!
1: THE FOUNDATION: EDUCATION
Every day Heroes Helping Heroes monitors the school attendance and performance of our participants. We provide homework study sessions and tutoring to improve academic performance, as well as college guidance, SAT test prep, and assistance with college and financial aid applications. We maintain communication with parents and teachers to help improve grades, build self-esteem and encourage kids to stay in school, graduate and realize their potential. Academic incentives are built around grades, effort, attendance, attitude, positive behavior and leadership.
2: THE HALLMARK: COMMUNITY SERVICE
Community service entails an ongoing commitment to and relationship with those they serve. Each week, students go to Kennedy Krieger Institute, where they become “heroes” to the children with whom they interact. Students come to understand that these children, who are coping with and overcoming severe disabilities, are themselves “heroes” (the inspiration for our program’s name.) This consistent service is an eye-opening and life-changing experience for our youth who rarely leave their neighborhoods and are now depended upon and looked up to by others who need and value them.
3: THE INCENTIVE: BASKETBALL
Basketball offers our youth the opportunity to receive quality coaching, wear professional style team uniforms, and play in competitive leagues. Our basketball program stresses the value of personal accountability while working as a team. Basketball playing time is earned as youth meet academic, personal and community service goals.