About The MY HERO Project

The mission of The MY HERO Project is to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. The MY HERO Project was founded in 1995 by television producer Jeanne Meyers, philanthropist and producer Karen Pritzker, and documentary film producer Rita Stern Milch, in response to the lack of positive role models for children in the media. They decided to call attention to uplifting stories about people who create positive change in the world.

The MY HERO website is an educational resource for sharing and discovering stories about such heroes. Last year, was visited by over 20 million educators and students from 197 countries around the world. Its Teachers Room was used by over 320,000 teachers as a source for lesson plans. Students are able to share and discover stories, videos music and artwork about heroes through its interactive site.

The annual MY HERO International Film Festival showcases films that portray real life heroes. The festival offers the following major awards: The Dan Eldon Activist Award, which honors an exceptional activist, the Ron Kovic Peace Prize, which honors the film that best exemplifies the theme of peace, and the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award, which spotlights heroes who work in ocean conservation.

In 2005, The MY HERO Project published My Hero: Extraordinary People on the Heroes Who Inspire Them, an anthology of essays about personal heroes, and include tributes by Muhammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, Wangari Maathai, and Sherry Lansing, among others.

Over the last 25 years, The MY HERO Project has partnered with, The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Tech-Ed, The National Educational Computing Conference, The American Film Institute’s Silverdocs workshops (now AFI Docs), KOCE-OC, and the Art Miles Mural Project.