What makes a hero?
Heroes are born when the world they once knew tragically falls apart. This moment inspires an unexpected pursuit of greatness as they must find the light to guide them through the darkness.
If you look deeper into these stories, there is an even more surprising connection… Batman is raised by his Butler (non-relative caregiver), Superman is taken in by a family in Kansas (adoption) and Storm is brought to a home for mutant children (group home). Yes, all of these heroes were youth in foster care.
Thinking back to the story of the X-men, we are reminded of the the experience of our youth. Often feeling isolated and alone, our society teaches them that their experiences make them “at risk.” Everyday interactions in our community perpetuate this isolation with the most common phrases like, “take this home to your parents” or “what time is your mom picking you up?” Our young folks are forced to move through life trying to overcome the public's perception of “who they are.”
To overcome these perceptions, youth in foster care must be super human. For the past 20 years, Peace4Kids has been a safe space for our youth to honor the pain of their past and learn to embrace a future that builds on their individual and collective strengths. A home for heroes.
As a result, our youth have received awards from the White House, built innovative structures to feed the community, and even been named to Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People Under 30.”
While these stories are phenomenal, our youth are ready to do more!
Today, we ask you to join our Heroes Circle – by clicking the button below and making a recurring gift to secure this future.
For our 20 Year Anniversary, Peace4Kids is expanding its programs to more deeply serve young adults between 18 – 25. We have learned that these years are the most critical time for the youth in our community. Suddenly the foster care system that once shielded them, thrusts them into a world that is unforgiving to their journey.
By stepping into the Heroes Circle with your recurring gift, you build a sustainable future that honors the legacy our youth have endured. In return, you will be invited to exclusive events, receive a limited edition 20 Year Anniversary t-shirt, and continue to be inspired by the stories of resilience from within our community. We want you to always #SeeTheHero because the truth is… that’s who they are.
At Peace4Kids we’ve had a very busy and productive year.
Each day, our youth inspire us to be more present and aware of the gifts they bring to the world – and in the process, teach us to recognize our greatest selves.
In honor of this holiday season, it is our privilege to share an example of these gifts through a short story of 6 yr old Peace4Kids member Derrick.
The Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) are a band of outcasts in a constant state of transition. Moving galaxy to galaxy, they search for the main character, Star-Lord’s, father. They embrace their mobility and are forced to adapt to their new surroundings. The Guardians all share a history of isolation and abandonment and have an unspoken language that binds them together. The understanding that they've walked the same path provides a familiar, non-judgmental space where they can let their guard down and embrace their heritage. One of my favorite lines from the film says it best, "You can fool yourself and everyone else, but you can’t fool me. I know who you are.”Continue reading
Peace4Kids Executive Director, Zaid Gayle, talks about why producing Cobi's controversial music video to the hit song "Don't You Cry For Me", which graphically depicts a young black man being hanged, was very important in bringing attention to the struggles of youth in foster care.Continue reading