HEROS Behaviour Program
Participants are introduced to the HEROS Behavior Program through bi-monthly afternoon sessions at participating schools. Its goal is to encourage positive behaviour and develop essential life skills.
HEROS participants identify their goals, required actions and achievements to record in a HEROS Behaviour Journal. They then share these journal entries with their peers and teachers in round-table discussions.
The Vancouver School Board officially recognized the HEROS “PosivicationProcess.” This unique process rewards positive behaviour with verbal and written positive reinforcement.
HEROS Mentor in Training (MIT) Program
Summer program: approx. 10 – 20 volunteer hours
Winter Program: approx. 40 – 50 volunteer hours
Our HEROS mentors’ contributions are an inspiring component of the HEROS Program.
They promote goodwill on the ice at all times. And by their example, they teach our HEROS participants the "golden rule" – that your peers will treat you with respect if you demonstrate respect towards them.
The HEROS Mentor Program is made up of teens who, preferably, have already completed the HEROS Program.
Our mentors’ help with the weekly sessions on and off the ice. They must work towards a Mentorship Diploma consisting of seven steps of certification:
1. St. John's First Aid
2. School Board Leadership Program
3. Drug Awareness
4. Power Skating
5. Coaching Level One
6. Referee School
7. Speak Out Program
Mentor Selection Criteria
To be selected as a mentor, applicants must:
• Be capable of volunteering two hours per week of on- and off-ice time during the season
• Be 14 years or older (exceptions made in extraordinary cases)
• Be responsible and patient
• Demonstrate commitment to the program
• Demonstrate respect for their elders and peers
• Never use foul language
• Maintain good grades and attendance at school
Two mentors are named as assistant coaches and are put in charge of 4 – 6 players in groups with varied skill levels.
Each week when all the players are dressed and ready, mentors lead their groups onto the ice. Mentors help in whatever manner is required to make the whole event as fun and engaging as possible for HEROS participants.
• Help out in the dressing room, with equipment and maintain control
• Discuss HEROS Behaviour if there is misbehaviour or quarrelling among the players.
• Teach participants that being part of a team and respecting teammates is a positive part of life and can actually be fun.
• Teach, through actions and words, that using appropriate language and doing well at school is cool.
• Help set up the equipment on ice – nets, dividers, cones, etc.
• Help keep an eye on individual players, especially smaller ones who frequently fall.
• Ensure players undress, pack up every piece of equipment, and load it into storage.
• Ensure that the dressing room is clean and doors are locked.
Mentor Dos and Don'ts
• Never use foul language.
• Anger is not an acceptable response.
• Respect others at all times.
• Take charge when necessary.
• Ensure players accept responsibility for their own actions.
• Teach players that the team loses if they mess up.
• Inform an adult or coach if there is something that they can’t handle, or don’t think is appropriate.
• Lead by example.
• Help players when they need it, and always remain patient.
• Praise players when they do things right.
• Compliment players for a job well done.
• HEROS Mentor Diploma
• HEROS Warm-up Tracksuit
• Post-Secondary Scholarship availability
HEROS Police/Junior Hockey Drug Education Awareness Program
The Vancouver Police Department and HEROS began partnering in 2006 to create the
Police/Junior Hockey Drug Education Awareness Program.
In this program, junior hockey league players undergo an intensive, two-day drug awareness program. Armed with this information and first-hand experience on the streets, these players then visit local high schools as HEROS Ambassadors to help raise awareness about the dangers of taking and selling illegal drugs.
HEROS Tutoring Program
HEROS contracts certified tutoring agencies in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton to provide HEROS participants, mentors and leaders with specialized course tutors for free, on the basis of need, to help with their school studies. During the process of tutoring, essential time management and study skills are also taught.
HEROS LINO Art Program
LINO is a creative painting process that uses words or the letters in a person's name to build a grid that results in a unique work of art.
The LINO Art Program, introduced at the HEROS Summer Program by Vancouver-based visual artist and graphic designer Uta Nagel, uses this creative communication tool to help build self-esteem and confidence in at-risk youth.
HEROS Scholarship Program
At its discretion, the HEROS Board of Directors grants scholarships to HEROS participants, mentors and leaders based on need and merit.
Successful applicants receive up to $2,000 per year for any post-secondary education until graduation. The scholarship money is to be used for tuition and books. It is paid directly to the educational institution of choice.
HEROS Hockey Assistance Program
The HEROS Hockey Assistance Program is designed to assist financially HEROS participants, mentors or leaders who wish to play in minor hockey leagues. It provides equipment and money for registration fees.
HEROS Mentor Job Placement Program
HEROS Mentor Job Placement Program locates job placement opportunities in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton for HEROS volunteer mentors to help them fulfill their career aspirations.
HEROS Family Food Hamper Program
The HEROS Family Food Hamper Program is offered in Vancouver, Toronto Calgary and Edmonton to assist low-income families of HEROS participants, mentors and leaders with food hampers at Christmas and in times of need throughout the year.
Why? Because the only way to learn is to listen first.
Listening to your:
show them that you are paying attention and care about what they have to say.
Why? Because you must first respect yourself in order for others to respect you.
Why? Because in order to achieve your goals, you need the discipline and commitment to work hard to attain them.
You need to show your commitment to:
• The HEROS Program
• Being on time
• Giving the program your maximum effort
Why? Because when you have fun everything seems effortless.
HEROS is an exemplary model when it comes to youth enrichment and grassroots hockey programming in Canada. We are a proud supporter, and commend their enduring commitment to providing hockey opportunities for children in Winnipeg.
Kenneth Martin Jr, NHL Vice President of Cause Marketing