YOUthHeroes is an initiative that began with two Carleton University students in 2014. Originally The Dream Catchers, the organization has evolved and flourished into a movement for youth empowerment and community engagement within Ottawa.
MISSION STATEMENT | YOUth Heroes is a youth-led organization that works hard to improve opportunities for at-risk youth and eliminate the cycle of poverty. YOUth Heroes works with all levels of government to provide leadership/ educational programming and are establishing a Superhero Week and Superhero School to highlight all heroes in our communities.
VISION | A nation of heroes, working together to empower at-risk youth and create a youth-friendly atmosphere of positive change
Superhero School is a 5-month program that brings together at-risk youth and engages them in the process of developing leadership skills and civic engagement.
Partnering alongside YouthREX, Carleton University, community leaders and researchers, Superhero School facilitates youth engagement in issues relevant to the participants and gets them started on their own journey in becoming community leaders.
Based on a model from York University, Superhero School has been adapted to focus on high impact growth potential and Ottawa’s communities.
Superhero School focuses on providing youth with real-world skills in order for them to proceed into their communities and affect real positive change. Some of Superhero School’s key themes include:
+ Research Methods
+ Interviewing, Media Literacy, and Technology
+ Information Collection
+ Digital Citizenship
+ Research Analysis
+ Advocacy and Activism
In addition, Superhero School includes a mid-term Community Showcase highlighting the progress our students have made as well as an end-of-year Mask and Cap Graduation, sending our students off as YOUth Heroes.
For more information on how to apply for Superhero School, click here today.
Superhero Week is city-wide recognized between March 5th and March 12th. Its purpose is to bring to light the importance and value of every-day local heroes who are leading, acting, and changing our communities for the better.
This year, 2016, is the inaugural year for Superhero Week. It is Ottawa-recognized, with big plans to expand next year to the provincial level. The week consists of a Launch Event on March 5th at Regina Street Public School, and an epic social media campaign.
Superhero Week has quite the support group, from celebrity endorsements to organizational and institutional partnerships to local (& international!) digital natives spreading the word to #ThankYourHero this Superhero Week.
To be involved with Superhero Week 2017, reach out today.
YOUth Heroes is teaming up with Carleton University’s School of Social Work to provide university students with a high-impact, 0.5 credit course.
With in-class activities, a final paper, and engagement in Superhero Week, this course will explore concepts of youth engagement with integrated hands-on elements. To learn more about Building Resiliency, Empowerment and Change through Youth Engagement and Community Development, visit the department website. Stay tuned for when the course is available!
Youth Heroes is a vibrant, youth-led organization that works hard to improve opportunities for at-risk youth and eliminate the cycle of poverty. I have had the pleasure of working with them for several years, and we are currently working towards the creation a Superhero Week in Ontario. This is a worthwhile initiative which aims to provide the resources and support to help these kids gain leadership skills and become more engaged. I am proud of the work they are doing in our community, and their efforts echo many of the same priorities of our government.
As the Deputy Mayor of Ottawa, I am, and always have been, passionate about community building projects like 'YOUth Heroes'. Working with this organization, it is incredible to see how they have brought various levels of government together to reach a common goal — empowering our youth. They have found a unique way to help engage youth and the community at large to address the various issues they are tackling, and I am glad to say the City of Ottawa is a proud partner of 'YOUth Heroes'.
I have spent my whole career developing and nurturing philanthropy in support of community organizations that enhance the quality of life for local people, especially children and youth. I am impressed by the innovative approach adopted by YOUth Heroes. They have proven adept at partnering with a variety of community leaders in helping young people access opportunities to grow and create positive change on their own.
Osman dedicates countless hours of volunteering and participating in community building initiatives in Ottawa. He is involved in local organizations such as Carty House (a transition home for refugee women), Canadian Hearing Society, and the Canadian Toy Testing Council. Osman's volunteer experience has been diverse and persistent over the past several years; he has held organizational positions ranging from marketing and strategic planner, to a child and youth worker for the Boys and Girls Club, to working for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. His enthusiasm and dedication to helping others has given him the experience to undertake several executive and director positions with various community building organizations.
Moses is a graduate of the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Carleton University and a student at McGill University's school of law. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class at Immaculata High School in 2011; however, his true passions lie outside of academia. Moses has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club since 2008 as a volunteer, a staff member and summer camp counsellor. Moses was recognized for his contributions to the summer camp with the Brian Smith Memorial Award in 2011. His work with at-risk children and youth also includes various work and volunteer positions with the YMCA and Christie Lake Kids. He has also been a member of the Children’s Wish Foundation’s Planning Committee and the Youth Advisory Committee of the Ottawa Police Service.
Jaipaul Dubb is a fourth year student at Carleton University majoring in Biology with a minor in business. Jaipaul first began getting involved in the community through programs at Our Lady of Peace Elementary school, working as a teacher’s assistant and as a math tutor. His more current community involvement includes volunteering at the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat festival, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and helping out with events ran by the Sharing Caring Exchange Ottawa. Jaipaul has joined YOUth Heroes as our Director of Operations.
Jevaughn is a second year student at Carleton University. Jevaughn majors in Economics and minors in Political Science. His community involvement ranges from small events such as handing out pamphlets at holiday events for charities that raise money for underprivileged children to volunteering at the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money for terminally ill children. Jevaughn contributes to YOUth Heroes as our Director of Finance.
Lena is an undergraduate Marketing student at Carleton University. Lena's community involvement first began online with her Adoption Blog that she created to not only help facilitate but bridge the proper communication between adoptees and their parents/ family members. This online forum is home to over a hundred different families throughout North America and Asia. Through Lena's online presence, she joined numerous global campaign's such as Love 142 and Operation Beautiful. Having been a part of these movements, Lena wanted to reach out and participate in the community right outside her front door. This is where she joined YOUth Heroes as our Director of Media Outreach.
Muhammad is a student at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies and works for the Public Health Agency of Canada. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Lowertown Community Resource Centre. In 2010, he co-founded Ultimate March Break Camp with Fahd Alhattab, a cutting edge March Break program for underprivileged children in Lowertown, Ottawa. Muhammad worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to help develop a bench-mark Youth Policy Framework for Ontario’s educators and youth service providers. Muhammad strongly believes in philanthropy at the local level, and has volunteered for several charities including Youth Ottawa, CHEO, the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards, and the United Way.
Sarah Williams has recently completed in Bachelor of Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Mathematics. She is the founder of Rebel Office, a design agency that strives not only to provide branding services to organizations but also to support economic development initiatives in the communities that they operate in. This experience along with her time volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross, Free the Children, Mercy Ships and the Bishop's University International Students Association has brought her to us as the Creative Director for YOUth Heroes.
Sumeet is a second year psychology student at Carleton University. From a young age, Sumeet was involved with various organizations in her community. Throughout the years, she has volunteered her time and services with various after school programs, helping to tutor elementary school students. She has also volunteered as a teacher’s aide and contributed her time to helping canvas for the Arthritis Society and serving with the Shepherd’s of Good Hope foundation. Sumeet has a key role with YOUth Heroes as our Executive Director.