About the Heroes Foundation

To Inspire & Empower

At the Heroes Foundation, we’re about helping young people unlock the hero within themselves.  We help them stand strong against negative influences with the values, skills and resources to conquer life’s challenges.

It’s all about making life better for them, with them, for everyone.

The Issues

Today’s world can be tough.  For many young people, it’s complex, challenging, and full of unexpected and sometimes unfair twists.

These include early exposure to crime, violence, and abuse; risks to their social, emotional, and academic well-being; economic struggles; and their ability to access livelihood opportunities.

A 2022 study involving 200 young people ages 11 – 17 revealed alarming statistics.  Most significant was that approximately 95% were at risk of emotional behavioural problems, affecting their ability to manage their emotions, adapt to changes, and respond to stressful events.  Additionally, 42% were at risk of social behavioural problems, impacting their ability to maintain age-appropriate relationships.

Our Solutions

At Heroes, we’re tackling these issues by providing development opportunities and enabling young people to become a key part of the solutions.

We keep them positively engaged in long-term interventions, journeying with them to build resilience, discover their purpose, and grow into powerful agents of change in areas such as the elimination of violence and abuse, climate action, and environmental sustainability.

What We Do

Enable Long-Term Development & Youth-Led Social Action

The HEROES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (HDP) is an exciting 3-year intervention delivered to secondary school students in Forms 1-3 and migrant youth ages 11 – 17.  Content is focused on psychosocial development, 21st-century skills development, sustainability education, and youth-led project-based learning.  It’s all about boosting confidence, teaching cool and useful skills for the future, and helping young people save the planet.

Nurture Healthy Mentorship Relationships

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (BBBSTT) is a structured and monitored 1-to-1 mentorship programme designed to connect children and youth to positive adult influences outside their regular circles.

Foster Connected Learning & Skills Development

HEROES CONNECT initiatives provide young people with access to resources, experiences, and opportunities outside their regular environment.

HEROES ACADEMY helps young people learn cool and epic skills in online self-paced courses.

Inspire Youth Leadership & Positive Behaviour Change

The HEROES GENERATION-TO-GENERATION COUNCIL (G2G) brings together different generations to make the world better and brighter.  They’re our youth advisory team leading intergenerational collaboration for positive behaviour change & sustainable development.

SEQUENTIAL ARTS PUBLICATIONS & DIGITAL CAMPAIGNS take young people on cool, creative adventures, leveraging child-friendly storytelling for education & behaviour change.

Our Impact

Below are the results of our impact assessment done in 2021 which captures feedback from participant on our core outcome areas.

Life Skills and Character Development

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See themselves as a leader

  • Feel more confident 91% 91%
  • Are able to communicate better 94% 94%
  • Have goals for their future and work hard each day to achieve them 95% 95%
  • Stand up for what they believe in 97% 97%

Mental Health and Well-Being

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Have a better understanding of their health and well-being

  • Know where to access support when feeling sad and down 84% 84%
  • Feel more positive and in control of their life 87% 87%

Active Citizenship

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Know how and want to make a positive difference in their community and country

  • Have a deeper appreciation for their country’s heroes and culture 94% 94%
  • Volunteering has become an important part of their life 85% 85%
  • The amount of time they spend volunteering has increased 75% 75%

Career Guidance

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Understand their career options for the future

  • Have identified a career path 93% 93%

Developing Gifts and Talents

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Know their strengths and talents

  • Have opportunities to express themselves and strengthen their talents 92% 92%

Academic Performance

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Have improved performance in school

  • Are confident that they can do an excellent job on assignments and jobs 94% 94%
  • Are more involved in school activities 82% 82%