Name of group: HEROES (Helping Everyone Receive Our Everyday Stories)
When started: 2010
Advocating for: the 7,500 foster youth in Massachusetts
Sponsoring non-profit organization: The Treehouse Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to restore and strengthen the health and well-being of children and youth placed in foster care. Our Community model aims to move children out of the public foster care system and into permanent, loving families. Our movement is helping people across the country have the courage to face the fact that we need to Re-Envision Foster Care in America.
The goals of the HEROES leadership project are to:
- Advocate – Members are trained and supported to be leaders and advocates for change in the lives of those touched by foster care and/or adoption
- Educate – Members are trained and supported to be educators, raising awareness and spreading knowledge around issues that affect the lives of those touched by foster care and/or adoption
- Build Community – Members create and develop a supportive network of individuals committed to the well-being those touched by foster care and/or adoption