The Treehouse HEROES (Helping Everyone Receive Our Everyday Stories) Youth Leadership Program is a membership-based program for young people impacted by foster care and adoption.
HEROES is designed to offer opportunities civic engagement, character growth, and leadership development, and is a growing and evolving catalyst for teen engagement in the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Movement.
Our three-fold mission — to change, to teach, and to build community — is accomplished through an intergenerational partnership where the voices of young people are included, and respected. Through the arts, adventure, and advocacy we encourage these kids to be leaders in their own lives, the lives of their peers and families, and ultimately their communities.
What can HEROES members do?
The majority of our activities occurs during the school year. We offer a mixture of social and community-building events, community service options, and public speaking, but there is no requirement to speak publicly to be a member of HEROES. All teens who do speak are trained prior to any event. Everyone is allowed to choose from options that meet their needs and help them grow.