CREATING A NEW NARRATIVE

BE A HERO. MAKE A HERO.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”
Frederick Douglass

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Empowering Young Boys To Become Good Men

What We Do

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ABOUT US

The Heroes Academy provides ongoing self-development workshops and programs for boys between the ages of fourteen and eighteen in low-income areas in South Africa. Our goal is to develop character and build skills in male school students, with the aim of deconstructing tenets of toxic masculinity, promoting an understanding of positive masculinity and fostering a mindset of critical inquiry.

2023 IN NUMBERS

Heroes Academy workshops were attended by 205 Grade 8 and 9 male students.

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OF THE BOYS HAVE DEVELOPED AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL.
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OF THE PARENTS WOULD SUPPORT THEIR CHILD TO ATTEND ANOTHER HEROES ACADEMY WORKSHOP.
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OF THE PARENTS HAVE SEEN NOTICEABLE BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE IN THEIR CHILD.

THE PROGRAMME

Our programme aims to promote and cultivate an understanding of positive masculinity, consent, accountability, responsibility and courage in all participants. We seek to foster leadership skills and positive self-development through a series of activities, including interactive play, life skills, sports and inspirational stories of real-life heroes.

TESTIMONIALS

Hear from participants, facilitators and parents recounting the ways in which Heroes Academy programmes have impacted their lives.

PARTICIPANT

Msweli Ngcali

“I love this workshop because it teaches us to respect people.”

PARENT

Anthea Lenin

“He knows a lot more about social issues and how to address those issues.”

PARTICIPANT

Sesethu

PARTICIPANT

Someleze Yalezo

“Heroes academy helps me very well, i hope that i succeed in life, because the information i receive in Heroes Academy will help me. i might get happy that heroes academy could grow with me teaching me more information.”

PARTCIPANT

Asanele Luhlaza

“I have experienced different emotions in the Heroes workshop. I hope we can do this next year. I have also learned different words and different concepts that i am now using and spreading to my friends and family.”

COACH

Sivuyile Makatesi

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela