Core Programs

THE INNER HERO PROGRAM OUTCOMES
EDUCATION PROGRAMS
  1. Youth and parents learn how local government systems work.
  2. Police develop positive relationships with the community.
  3. Youth learn about jobs in law enforcement, fire fighting and other public sector employment paths.
  4. Service-Learning projects for youth increase civic engagement and personal communication skills.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
  1. The Inner Hero Pledge
  2. Collective healing skills are taught and practiced.
  3. Youth learn skills and values through civic engagement.
  4. Youth Circles connect parents, school staff and others.
  5. Sports Events
MENTORSHIP
  1. Youth have relationships with an adult that cares about them.
  2. Youth and police officers make connections that change their perceptions and the narrative about each other.
  3. Youth shadow and intern to learn skills for careers in government and public service.
  4. Peer to peer mentoring creates leadership from within. Youth leaders learn the skills to be positive role models.
  5. Mentors will set and monitor educational goals and resources to obtain their goals.
Students and Police Breakfast Gathering
Wednesday February 19th 2020
4th and 5th grade students are invited to attend and must have at least one adult stay with them during the event.

Help build upon the positive relationships and trust between the police and our diverse communities.
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The Inner Hero Annual Basketball Tournament
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The Inner Hero hosted its 3rd annual basketball tournament. It’s a day where the community comes together for a day filled with athletic fun and sportsmanship. This event is just one of the ways we fulfill our goal to help build social interaction between the community and local officials.

Earlier this year we had over 1000 members of the community participate in numerous activities including, games of fitness, face painting and both kids and adults were able to spend time on and off the court with the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Fire Department and US Army. We believe sportsmanship helps create a bridge to developing positive relationships and teamwork in homes, schools and the community. The formation and engagement of positive interaction is directly related to The Inner Hero Mission & Vision.
Community/Police Discussions

The goal of these discussions is to provide a forum for community members and local police officials to address the challenges and solutions in building positive relations. The Inner Hero organization serves as the bridge to foster these discussions. So far, we’ve hosted community discussions with residents and Minnesota Chiefs of Police in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Robbinsdale, Crystal and New Hope Minnesota. In 2020, we expect to foster the development of discussions in additional communities and police departments in the Twin Cities.

School/Police Breakfast Program

The Inner Hero Organization has launched a new breakfast program at Sandburg Middle School in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The program is geared towards building relationships with local police departments and middle school students. Our discussion while having breakfast with students, teachers, parents, officers, and community leaders centered around the use of social media and developing a positive attitude.

This year we initiated a new program with the Golden Valley Police department where officers will have breakfast with students and parents at their local schools. The purpose of this program is to build more positive interactions with youth that lead to impactful mentoring relationships. We believe we can change the climate that exists in some communities into one of positive dialogue that builds acceptance and trust. The bridge of trust will take time to build. However, we are committed to investing the resources necessary today to build the relationships we desire for our children, communities and police departments for the future.
Mentorship
These programs encourage community interaction, teach life skills, and build self-esteem. We provide two areas of mentorship.

Peer to Peer Mentorship: We seek to provide youth leaders with the structure and skills to be positive role models for their peers; hence, to empower and serve the community from within. We recruit successful 11th and 12th grade youth to become the mentors in the program. In addition, we select one mentor leader to represent each school’s program and assist the program specialist. The Peer Mentors may be the “star students” as well as students who once fulfilled the profile of the mentored students. All programs are onsite school-based under the supervision of school staff.

Community Leaders Mentorship (CLM): Volunteers build personal relationships by providing one on one mentoring and counseling. The CLM is paired with youth based upon their interests and focus, so that the youth are developing key skills during this time.
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Annual Community “Thank You” Celebration
The goal of this event is to thank participants in the community and further build interactions between local officials and the community. It’s a day of fun activities for children and adults, and it’s where relationships can be established over food and conversation. Additionally, it provides an avenue to encourage and recruit volunteers to contribute their time and talents to events and programs that will empower children and their families in the community.
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Mentorship

These programs encourage community interaction, teach life skills, and build self-esteem. We provide two areas of mentorship.

  • Peer to Peer Mentorship: The Inner Hero youth development and education philosophy focuses on creating leadership from within. We seek to provide youth leaders with the structure and skills to be positive role models to their peers; hence, to empower and serve the community from within. We recruit successful 11th and 12th grade youth to become the mentors in the program. In addition, we select one mentor leader to represent each school’s program and assist the program specialist. The Peer Mentors may be the “star students” as well as students who once fulfilled the profile of the mentored students. All programs are onsite school-based under the supervision of school staff. 
  • Community Leaders Mentorship (CLM): Volunteers build personal relationships by providing one on one mentoring and counseling. The CLM is paired with youth based upon their interests and focus, so that the youth are developing key skills during this time.

Community Relations

This area focuses on promoting relationships between the youth and their respective community members, businesses and organizations.

  • Service Learning: Taking what is learned in the classroom, compiled with the work done through the peer to peer leadership, and with their CLM. Youth can apply these skills and values through volunteering on various projects, and/or working at neighborhood businesses. Service learning projects for youth lead to greater civic engagement, deeper learning, work skills and personal connections.
  • Volunteering: This is encompassed in the service learning process, but it is an option we like to provide to our youth, to encourage deeper relationship building. Help youth to find their strengths, and try different things that lead to better career decisions.

Career and Education Development

We focus on identifying and cultivating their academic interests and passions as well as guiding them to explore and identify career interests and options.

  • Career Development: Depending upon their interests, youth will be paired with a mentor that is currently working in that field and will be able to guide them through the process of locating an internship, shadowing, or job that is suitable for them. Through tools and resources, youth will be on a better track to progressing in their area of focus.
  • Education Development: Education is key for preparing youth for the realities of this world, and for successful interactions and positive outcomes. Mentors will work to ensure that educational goals are set and obtained, and that mentees have all the necessary tools and resources to obtain their goals. This will involve working with parents, school staff, and others involved in the youth circle.