The Pop Culture Hero Coalition was created by Chase Masterson with Heroism Experts Carrie Goldman and Matt Langdon in 2013. The non-profit organization is the first of its kind to use the universal appeal of comics, film, and TV to take a stand against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate. The Coalition’s work features global experts and advocates, including representatives from the United Nations, the Anti-Defamation League, the NOH8 Campaign, Justice League New York, and other major organizations. The organization also works with clinical psychologists who specialize in using pop culture stories in restorative justice and in therapy for victims of bullying and injustice. In fact, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, clinical psychologist and co-host of The Arkham Sessions (one of Fanboy Comics' currently running podcasts), serves on the Board of this incredible group! For #GivingTuesday, the Pop Culture Hero Coalition is accepting tax-deductible donations with the hopes of continuing and expanding their work.
Founded in 2014 by Jenny Jaffe, Project UROK provides not only resources to teenagers in need of mental health help, but also a sense of belonging, a sense of comfort, and a sense of hope. The content on Project UROK ranges from comedy sketches, testimonials, informational videos, a podcast, and scripted and unscripted webseries, and the organization also provides a platform for readers to showcase their own voices and stories by allowing them to upload personal videos and testimonials. In an effort to raise greater awareness and combat the isolation and stigmatization surrounding mental illness, Project UROK is endeavoring to initiate an honest and open conversation about the cause. For #GivingTuesday, the organization is accepting donations through PayPal to further their efforts.
I hope that you'll join me in lending a hand to these wonderful organizations for #GivingTuesday!
If you have a volunteer opportunity or an important cause that could use the assistance of a few geeks, please email the details to barbra (at) fanboycomics.net.