Be the Hero! is a program aimed at preventing violence against women by encouraging boys, girls, young men, and young women to explore their ideas about being a good person in our society. The program aims to educate children and young adults about domestic violence and building respectful relationships with each other.
HISTORY OF BTH...
Melbourne Storm formalised a partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) in 2010 to implement the Be the Hero! program with their Under 18 players. Today, NIRODAH delivers the program to all Under 18 and Under 20 Storm players and employs Under 20 players to help deliver the program into schools. Through the Melbourne Storm, VWT, and NIRODAH partnership, funding was procured in 2013 to deliver Be The Hero! into 36 schools, each with a significant number of Indigenous students. In 2013 and 2014 NIRODAH continued to deliver the program in a variety of settings to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike.
Since 2013, NIRODAH has developed the program to address the concerns and realities of the lives of girls and young women alongside those of boys and young men. NIRODAH’s work with Netball Australia in creating the Expect Respect program has been crucial in that development; at the 2013 National Championships NIRODAH successfully delivered Expect Respect to over 300 young women in the Under 21, Under 19, and Under 17 squads.
NIRODAH has continued to develop Be the Hero! into a cutting-edge program that incorporates multimedia, brain science and emotional intelligence as a key tools.
NIRODAH is also at the forefront of bystander education in Australia; the program teaches participants that courage is about standing up for what is right and becoming an active bystander. Based largely upon the work done by Jackson Katz, the American anti-violence educator, we have delivered bystander training to individuals and school groups since 2010 and have now refined this violence prevention strategy as the key impact practice of the program.
While violence prevention has always been and continues to be, the key driver behind Be The Hero! our intention in delivering this program is to explicitly teach emotional intelligence. The desired outcome is to increase the self awareness of the participants, helping them understand what drives their own and others' behaviour, attitudes and beliefs.
The message we leave the students with:
We believe you can “be the hero” by simply choosing to respect all people, regardless of gender, race or sexuality and live a life free of violence. By thinking about the sort of adult you want to become, you too can be part of a growing movement of people who want to stand up and be counted in rejecting violence. Violence is preventable. You can be part of the solution.