HERO U

H.E.R.O.s Help Everyone Realize Opportunity within themselves, others and their communities.


HERO UHERO U is a three-part youth development program specifically designed for Maryvale 8th and 9th grade students. Youth will be introduced to H.E.R.O.s in all forms (those that Help Everyone Realize Opportunities), igniting inspiration to be the best versions of themselves for the purpose of growing others and growing the Maryvale community.

This unique and comprehensive program inspires students to higher levels of learning and career engagement by introducing leadership, STEM, and entrepreneurial skills and practices in fun, engaging and relevant methods. Demonstrating these practices in action ignites their passions; inspires youth to engage in critical thinking and problem solving in practical ways; introduces relevancy to today’s educational and life applications; and higher achievements in education, career and in everyday life. HEROs grow themselves, their peers, family, and their communities.

First up in the series is the Convention of HEROs (aka HERO-Con) – a high energy event for 3,500 Maryvale 8th and 9th grade students taking place on Thursday, April 18 at Grand Canyon University. Students will be introduced to HEROs in all forms, through visual arts, motivating speakers and interactions within the Opportunity Zone (“O Zone”).

The “O-Zone” is full of opportunities for youth – now and for their future. Businesses, organizations and community programs that provide inspiration and hands-on experiences are invited to the showcase. Register for a booth HERE.

This high energy celebration needs volunteers to serve in a variety of roles, from Greeters to Guidekicks (you know, like a superhero’s sidekick…someone who provides trust, guidance and support) and every role in between. Register to volunteer at HERO-Con HERE.

Students will leave HERO-Con with the knowledge and inspiration to engage in the second program in the series: HERO Academy.

HERO Academy is a four-week, small group after school program powered by Boys and Girls Club, Leadership West and Youth Entrepreneurs that supports the HERO U foundations of leadership, STEM, entrepreneurial, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through the facilitation by volunteer community leaders, students engage in fun, relevant methods while continuing their personal journey to unleash the HERO that lies within.

Last, but certainly not least in the series, is the HERO Force – the super students that have completed the first two steps in the program and are now a part of the League of HEROs. This unstoppable Force is unleashed into their own Maryvale community through summer internships and community service projects. Diverse businesses and nonprofits serving Maryvale are invited to engage the Force: please email Maryvale Revitalization Corporation (info@maryvalelife.com) to learn more.

This is not the last that will be seen of the League of HEROs. Rather it is just the beginning, as these students will become leaders to their younger peers the following year.

Within each of us lies the responsibility of becoming a HERO. Will you answer the call?

Convention of HEROs (aka HERO-Con)
Thursday, April 18 | Volunteers Needed: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Event Time: 10 AM – 1 PM)
Grand Canyon University Arena | 3300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85017
  • Register to volunteer HERE
  • Register for a booth in the Opportunity Zone HERE
  • Download Event Flyer Here
HERO U Academy
Mid April through Mid May | Volunteer facilitators needed for 1.5 hour sessions held weekly for 4 consecutive weeks
Hosted at select campuses within the Cartwright Elementary and Phoenix Union High School Districts
All training and curriculum materials will be provided; passion for youth development required. Must be able to pass school district volunteer requirements and must be able to commit to facilitating all four weeks of the program.
  • Become a volunteer facilitator; email: info@maryvalelife.com
HERO Force
Summer service opportunities and internships with businesses, nonprofits and schools serving Maryvale
  • Register as a host organization; email: info@maryvalelife.com

Questions? info@maryvalelife.com | maryvalelife.com

HERO U is created in partnership by:

Made possible by our generous sponsors:

Maryvale Revitalization Corporation (MRC) is the motivating catalyst for the facilitation of the holistic physical, economic and social renaissance in Maryvale Village. MRC accomplishes this by acting as the collaborative central agency that supports and amplifies the work of local non-profits, faith-based communities, government initiatives, schools and local businesses serving West Phoenix.