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IMPACT REPORT

2023

IMPACT REPORT

2023

Because Every Kid Belongs

Just over a year ago, I never dreamed that I would be blessed enough to enjoy working for the mental wellness of kids with the most talented and kindest people that I have ever been associated with. And when we hit the ground running in early 2023, I never could have imagined the heights we would reach in such a short amount of time.

We have surpassed all expectations.

Thank you to all who have caught our vision to transform our world by meeting children’s core needs of safety and belonging, and helping them promote change in their schools and communities; realize their unique, full potential; and grow into healthy adults. 

Each and every one of you are part of the best team our kids could ever ask for.

Gratefully,

Because Every Kid Belongs

Just over a year ago, I never dreamed that I would be blessed enough to enjoy working for the mental wellness of kids with the most talented and kindest people that I have ever been associated with. And when we hit the ground running in early 2023, I never could have imagined the heights we would reach in such a short amount of time.

We have surpassed all expectations.

Thank you to all who have caught our vision to transform our world by meeting children’s core needs of safety and belonging, and helping them promote change in their schools and communities; realize their unique, full potential; and grow into healthy adults. 

Each and every one of you are part of the best team our kids could ever ask for.

Gratefully,

12 Free Lessons. A Whole World of Change.

Once upon a time the original, decade-old Heroes In Waiting anti-bullying and peace-building curriculum was gifted to us by the good souls at Century Martial Arts. Our vision then was to update and expand it based on modern research and best practices, digitize it…and then gift it back to the world.

In 2023, that’s what we did.

We Never Could’ve Imagined What Happened Next

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“Yesterday I did the first lesson of the Heroes In Waiting curriculum. I was blown away by the conversation it started in class. It really was one of the most honest and heartfelt conversations I’ve ever shared with a class…I wanted to let you know that this is truly resonating with the kids and having a positive impact on so very many of them!”
– 4th-grade teacher
“I am LIVING for these Heroes In Waiting sessions with 5th graders. They are so intuitive and tuned in. This has been a joy so far. Just wanted to share the sunshine!"
– 5th-grade teacher
"We've been watching your videos and doing your lessons with our 4th grade class! I love it when my students come in excited because they've seen ‘their teacher, Malcolm’ on TV.”
– Elementary school teacher
"I wanted to let you know that the bullying lesson you led today really had an impact...We had a really great discussion over dinner. You are definitely making a difference. Thanks so much."
– Parent
“I signed up on the Heroes in Waiting site…WOW what a program. I forwarded it to my school director and elementary principal so that we can implement it. I also want to send it over to the family shelters I have been working with. It is truly amazing!"
– Private school founder

Learn more and download our FREE, culture-changing curriculum today.

As little as $10 keeps this 12-week program FREE to every kid who needs it.

Heroes In Waiting LIVE!

Early in 2023 we set out to build a live program that would compliment our anti-bullying and peace-building curriculum, bring a message of unity and hope, and energize and empower kids to make positive change in their schools and communities. Over several months we worked with OKC Thunder and OU Football hype guy Malcolm Tubbs to hone his personal message of triumph into an interactive assembly for the ages.

In just one semester of programming we brought our assemblies to 4th through 12th graders in schools both urban and rural, public, private, and charter.

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“I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done today! You have brought so much joy to all of us. We strongly believe in you and the message you are delivering.”
– Elementary School Counselor
“I was not sure exactly what to expect from the program. It was actually more effective than I thought it could be, largely in part because he was able to get the students involved, and allow them to be fun and interactive while hearing an important message at the same time.”
– High School Counselor
“Expectations were exceeded from start to finish. I loved that we did not have to do anything other than organize the event. Heroes in waiting was professional. The leaders were kind and communicative throughout the entire process. The assembly was well organized and exciting for our students.”
– Middle School Counselor
“I feel that the personal stories were very impactful. Students who come from a difficult background need to hear that they can break that cycle, and they can reach their goals. Seeing someone that has lived similar situations be so successful is very inspiring. I loved the energy and participation.”
– High School Counselor
“It is a wonderful program that I would highly recommend to any school.”
– High School Counselor
"We thought it was really cool. It was awesome to hear, I think it made a difference in the day to day conversations we all have."
– High School Student

Learn more about our live programming and request an assembly today.

Underwrite an assembly and help break barriers to critical access for kids.

A Message the World Needs Now

The world is hungry for good news.
That’s why we’re so grateful to the podcasters, broadcasters, print publications, and organizations who have pitched in to amplify our message of empowerment and hope. Together we reached hundreds of thousands of lives, and we never could have done it alone.

“People are searching for joy.”

– Tammy Jensen, Heroes In Waiting Education Coordinator

Check out all the great Heroes In Waiting coverage from our awesome media partners.
Interested in producing an article or segment featuring Heroes In Waiting? We’re here for it!

To Us, It’s Personal

It’s hard to find anyone whose life hasn’t been affected by bullying behavior and mental health issues, and our team is no different. Without exception, each one of us is here because of our own lived experience and our desire to make kids’ lives better – for stronger families, schools, and communities today, and for a better world tomorrow.

This Is Everyone’s Cause

Throughout the year as word spread, community grew, funding manifested, and kids were changed, we have spent every single day grateful for each and every one of you.
“If we all leaned in together, we could hold each other up.”
– Oklahoma poet
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It’s Working.

The world is taking notice. Educators are implementing our programming and telling their friends about it. Kids are experiencing our anti-bullying curriculum and assemblies and walking away changed.

Together, we are making a difference.

But our children are still in crisis. In a world full of turmoil and social platforms that facilitate and propagate negativity and extreme bullying behavior, the stakes are higher than ever before. We cannot stop doing good. We must continue to work, to dream, and to expand our message wherever and however we can.

You Can Help.

Amplify

Subscribe, follow, like, & share on all your favorite channels to help our community grow.

Engage

Talk to the people you already know! Reach out to your school districts, church youth and children’s leaders, after-school programs, and fellow parents and encourage them to check out Heroes In Waiting programming and resources.

Do you know an organization who might benefit from Heroes In Waiting programming?

Do you know a cause-minded corporation who might underwrite critical programming for kids?

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We have big plans! And they all include making Heroes In Waiting programming radically accessible to every child who needs it.
  • Repackage & expand our curriculum for different age groups and classroom settings
  • Provide additional resources and training support for educators and parents.
  • Translate the full 12-week curriculum – including facilitator’s guides, student handouts, and videos – into Spanish
  • Add ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation to all 12 curriculum videos
  • Update and expand our live assembly programming
  • And more