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From Whence The Inner Hero Comes

We’ve come so far since our humble beginnings. As we continue to Educate…Inspire… and Build our Communty Heroes, The Inner Hero is grateful for your continuous support. Thank you in advance for sharing and spreading the good news of the work of The Inner Hero!

Summer Camp
June to August 22nd, 2024

The Inner Hero Youth
Summer Camp Program!!

Coon Rapids location address:
11290 Robinson Dr. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Robbinsdale/Minneapolis location address:
4300 N Queen Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 10 am to 2 pm.

Parents can pick up and drop off at both locations.
Parents, please make sure to sign your child/children in and out to a staff/mentor before you leave our sites.

Basketball Tourney
July 27th, 2024

The 8th Annual 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament!!
Youth Pathway to Civic Education and Careers
The Inner Hero Youth Pathway to Civic Education and Careers

On Tuesday, May 28, The Inner Hero’s award ceremony celebrated students attending Cooper High School for their participation in the Youth Pathways to Civic Education and Careers series. The keynote speaker, Attorney General Keith Ellison, was welcomed by two student leaders and upcoming civic heroes, Miss Candace Lewis and Miss Darreen Muchen. Thank you for your continued support. This school year’s initiative has reached over 500 students consistently!

Also, thank you to Hennepin County Safe Communities for program funding and for continuing to believe in the work and impact at The Inner Hero.
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Award
The Inner Hero Received a 2024 MN Ethical Leadership Award
The Inner Hero was named a 2024 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award honoree. The organization celebrated at the Character Recognition Awards luncheon on May 22, 2024. The Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award spotlights character and ethical leadership development, honors organizations with exemplary efforts, motivates honorees for continued effort and success and inspires others with examples to replicate.

For the last 15 years, The Inner Hero has been empowering youth, young adults, and community heroes to realize their full potential by actively fostering trust and legitimacy between law enforcement and the community, breaking barriers through initiatives such as round-table dialogues, community outreach, and sports-based activities.
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Testimonial
Parental Testimonial – After School Program
To The Inner Hero,

Markell, in 6th grade, struggled to get his homework completed and turned in. I came across a flier in my email from Fair Crystal School for the Inner Hero program and decided to give it a try. Markell has been in the program for 6 weeks, and his grades have started to improve. I recently had a meeting with his teachers, and they asked if he was still going to his after-school program, and they said that they could see the difference. Later that night, I checked in with Markell to see how he felt about the program. I wanted to know if he felt the program helped him at all and if he liked the staff, students, and the environment overall, and if he wanted to continue the program. He said he enjoyed the program and wanted to continue going. He enjoys the kids in the program, whether it’s working, trading Pokemon cards, or playing basketball. He says that the staff is kind and helps him understand and comprehend his homework. He has a much better understanding of what he is doing. As a parent, I enjoy the program. Ambrose has been very professional, and he is always available to talk to and to problem-solve if need be. I look forward to the future with Inner Hero.

Thank you,
Lashanna
Youth Pathway
April 30, 2024
Youth Pathways to Civic Education and Careers (YPCEC)

Youth Pathways to Civic Education and Careers (YPCEC) Series aims to activate lifelong civic engagement by presenting the community with relevant and engaging civic education through resource sharing, speakers and facilitators in community and educational sectors.
The Inner Hero Organization’s YPCEC series is committed to offering student and parental opportunities to become educated and involved in civic sectors by presenting educational programming and activities that promote awareness of local, national and global civic initiatives to encourage youth civic engagement, activation and participation.

After-School Program
The Inner Hero After-School Program at the YMCA

Our after-school program has begun. We are actively seeking more students between 3rd – 12th grades to join our program and enrich their learning experience. Register now!

Our Coon Rapids YWCA location will be opening soon.

Teachers Wanted
The Inner Hero After School and Summer Club
We are looking to add two Middle School Math and Science Teachers along with Two High School Math and Biology Teachers to our team. If you’re interested, please contact us.
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WCCO & CBS News Channel 4

Watch one of our mentees, Jamari, and Ambrose talk about our After School and Summer Program! Live in the studio with behind-the-scenes! Watch now!!!

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Van Fundraiser

We are raising money to purchase a 15-passenger van. The van will be used to transport students to/from our after-school and summer Club programs. The estimated cost for the vehicle is $60,000. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated! Your donation is tax-deductible.

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The Inner Hero App
The Inner Hero App

The Inner Hero App is now availible on both iOS and Android devices. Links are available below.

Grandparents Legacy
Ambrose R. Russell Celebrating the True Legacy of his Grandparents!
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Guidelines For Dealing With The Police On A Traffic Stop

You can set the tone for the encounter.

The Inner Hero Mentoring Program

If you are interested in becoming a Mentee, or are a parent/guardian interested in signing up a youth, click the link below.

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The Inner Hero Pledge

As of today, I pledge to act and speak with kindness. I will work diligently and consistently to be the best version of myself, striving to help others discover the full potential in themselves because I am The Inner Hero.

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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.
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Campaign for The Inner Hero
Want to join me in making a difference? We’re raising money to benefit The Inner Hero, and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to the children and youth we will impact.

Our mission is to create spaces and programs for youth that reduce violence, build trust, and encourage education that empowers youth to be productive citizens.

With the money we raise, we will put it back into community schools, prisons and centers. From within we create a change so the outside world can look different. We look forward to bring positive change in your local community soon. Blessings, Ambrose Russell
Mentorship
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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Celebration
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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Upcoming Events

July 27, 2024 – The Inner Hero’s 8th Annual 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament

The Inner Hero will host its 8th Annual 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 27th, 2024, at LEGACY HOOPS at 2122 Wooddale Dr #150, Woodbury, MN 55125. We will have a great time and enjoy some friendly competition as the teams compete for prizes and a trophy.

A 1st place prize of $1,500 with a trophy and a 2nd place prize of $1,000 with a trophy will be awarded to the best teams.

Ongoing Events

June to August 22nd, 2024 – The Inner Hero Youth Summer Camp Program!!

Coon Rapids location address: 11290 Robinson Dr. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Robbinsdale/Minneapolis location address: 4300 N Queen Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Parents can pick up and drop off at both locations. Parents, please make sure to sign your child/children in and out to a staff/ mentor before you leave our sites.


The Inner Hero summer program for youth is crucial in several ways:

  1. *Personal Development*: The program focuses on helping young people discover and develop their inner strengths and talents. This self-awareness is critical to building confidence and resilience, essential for personal growth and success.
  2. *Skill Building*: Participants engage in activities that enhance critical skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. These skills are invaluable not only in academic settings but also in everyday life and future careers.
  3. *Positive Role Models*: The program connects youth with mentors and leaders who serve as positive role models. These relationships can inspire participants to set and achieve higher goals, fostering a sense of direction and purpose.
  4. *Community Engagement*: By involving youth in community service projects, the program teaches the importance of giving back and being active, responsible members of their communities. This instills a sense of civic duty and empathy for others.
  5. *Healthy Lifestyles*: Through physical activities and wellness education, the program promotes healthy living. Encouraging an active lifestyle and teaching about nutrition and mental health helps youth establish lifelong healthy habits.
  6. *Safe and Supportive Environment*: The program provides a safe space for youth to express themselves, try new things, and learn from their mistakes without fear of judgment. This supportive environment is crucial for their emotional and social development.
  7. *Academic Enrichment*: Often, the program includes academic support, such as tutoring or educational workshops, to help prevent summer learning loss and prepare students for the upcoming school year.

In summary, The Inner Hero summer program is vital in shaping well-rounded, capable, and compassionate individuals. Addressing various aspects of personal and social development equips youth with the tools to succeed and positively contribute to society.

The Inner Hero Summer Program – French Park!

The Inner Hero Summer Program – Movie Field Trip!

The Inner Hero Summer Program 2024 – Game Time

April 30, 2024 – The Inner Hero Youth Pathway to Civic Education and Careers

Youth Pathways to Civic Education and Careers (YPCEC) Series aims to activate lifelong civic engagement by presenting the community with relevant and engaging civic education through resource sharing, speakers, and facilitators in community and educational sectors.

The Inner Hero Organization’s YPCEC series is committed to offering student and parental opportunities to become educated and involved in civic sectors by presenting educational programming and activities that promote awareness of local, national, and global civic initiatives to encourage youth civic engagement, activation, and participation.



School Year – The Inner Hero After-School Program at the Y!!

Our after-school program has begun. We are actively seeking more students between 3rd – 12th grades to join our program and enrich their learning experience. Register now!

Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Below are images from our ongoing After-School Program.

Parental Testimonials

After-School Program – Video Updates


Our Mission

Create spaces and programs for youth that reduce violence, build trust, and encourage education that empowers youth to be productive citizens.

Our Vision

Safe communities for everyone where youth reach their full potential.

May 2020: We’ve updated our Mission and Vision statements and we are excited that it aligns with our focus on Education, Community Engagement, and Mentorship.


The Scope of The Inner Hero’s Work

Then and Now



The Inner Hero Impact

Watch the impact of The Inner Hero over the last several years.

The Inner Hero Impact Stories

Listen to stories of those impacted by The Inner Hero.


Celebrating the True Legacy of my Grandparents!

Ambrose shares his story.

Lessons from Dual Parenting – Our Story

Learn how to achieve success at home in a family setting.


Servant Leadership

Ambrose R. Russell interviewed the web developer and why he has continued to serve and work with The Inner Hero. He describes it as a consistent organization and focused on the community and its present needs.

The Inner Hero Impact

Ambrose R. Russell interviewed Maxwell J. Tahija, the content creator for The Inner Hero. Learn about him and his passion for working with The Inner Hero to bring long-term change to the Twin Cities.

You Can See the Change

“I’m very proud that the Minneapolis Police Department is a proud member along with The Inner Hero because Inner Hero’s work is transformational.” – Chief of Minneapolis Police Medaria Arredondo


“As a leader, if you want to be successful you got to listen to people.

When you speak less, but you speak profoundly, and you listen more. Because when people find out you can listen to them, they follow you better. Meaning the idea you have is not just yours, but theirs, it’s inclusive.”

– Ambrose R. Russell

Despite all of our differences within our homes, schools, communities, cities, states, and our nation, we at The Inner Hero Organization believe that love is the key to changing others’ unique lives. As you watch this video, please find The Inner Hero within you for us as a community to love again.


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Educate

Many youth who are struggling academically and socially are attending school, but not learning. We focus on identifying and cultivating their academic interests and passions as well as guiding them to explore and identify career interests and options.

Build Character

We believe that strong character is the foundation of a successful future. We work with youth to guide them both to succeed academically and also to develop values such as respect, perseverance, and excellence. We help them develop the social and emotional skills necessary to form and develop good relationships and build a strong foundation for their future.

Inspire

We provide mentorship and positive role models to inspire youth to strive for educational success, set and work toward future career goals, and develop strong character. By connecting youth not only with caring adults but also with peers who understand their experiences, we show students that they can overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.