Engage | Educate | Inspire
Celebrating 20 Years of Making a Difference
Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) is a volunteer-driven charity that uses the game of ice hockey to teach life-skills and empower marginalized youth. HEROS was founded on the downtown Eastside in Vancouver and provides free programs to youth of all backgrounds from a grade four level, right up to post-secondary. We provide opportunities for personal growth through sport training, educational development, and scholarships guiding participants to become constructive citizens and future community leaders. Since 2000, we have helped almost 11,000 children and youth across Canada. In support of our mission of making positive impacts in the lives of youth all over Canada, HEROS offers three programming streams: Future Stars, All Stars and Super HEROS. Our Future Stars and All Stars programming streams cater to youth who face socio-economic and personal challenges and our Super HEROS programming is designed for youth with cognitive and physical challenges. All three programs together creates our HEROS family.
“Playing hockey takes away worries and frees your mind. HEROS has taught me to respect and help teammates.” – Chima, age 12
Empowering Children On and Off the Ice
HEROS is a mentor-based hockey program that provides free programming to our most vulnerable young people giving them a “team for life”. We celebrate those first tentative steps and their first goal on the ice and provide a safe and stable environment for young people to succeed and connect off the ice. We facilitate mentor relationships between dedicated volunteers and the participants as well as peer mentoring of older participants with their younger counterparts while focusing on four fundamental behaviours: listening, respect, discipline and having fun. HEROS is more than hockey. We support academic development, and personal success beyond post-secondary school with participants attending a variety of institutions across Canada. Some participants receive financial assistance for minor hockey, post-secondary and vocational education.
BE A HERO FOR A HERO.