Kids Are Heroes in Long Beach too

share this: recently spoke with Heather Nelson, Kids Are Heroes Ambassador of Kids Are Heroes, via email. They talked about the inspirations and challenges of running a nonprofit organization in Long Beach.

How long has Kids Are Heroes been around? Did it start in Long Beach?

Kids Are Heroes was started in 2008 by Gabe and his daughter Mary-Margaret. Their intention was to show children how they can make a difference and spotlight kids who are doing good in their community. The organization was started in Frederick, Maryland. They’ve recently expanded to other parts of the country, including Long Beach. Heather Crow Nelson was recently named as an Ambassador for the program.

Describe Kids Are Heroes. Tell us a little about your nonprofit, your mission, the people you serve or your goals.

The website was created for the purpose of showcasing and recognizing our kids when they do outstanding things in the community.

How is Kids Are Heroes different from similar nonprofits?

We focus on the children, and the impact they’re making on their community.

How is Kids Are Heroes involved with the community?

Kids Are Heroes focuses on the child and community link. We encourage children to volunteer and donate in their community, whether it’s a one time event or on a continuing basis.

What are some of the biggest successes Kids Are Heroes has had?

The biggest successes are getting the word out about these amazing kids! Many of our Heroes have been featured in their local and national publications. Their causes have raised thousands of dollars for their individual charities.

What is the most rewarding part of running Kids Are Heroes?

I feel so honored to be an Ambassador for this organization, because I’m a mother and longtime volunteer. I have seen firsthand the amazing work that kids can do! The newest hero featured is a Long Beach resident, Jonas Corona, founder of Love In The Mirror. To be able to bring attention to this amazing local boy was so wonderful!

What are the challenges you face — as a nonprofit, as an advocacy group, or in your industry?

The biggest challenge is just getting our name out there, hence the Ambassador program

What are the future plans for Kids Are Heroes?

We’re continually expanding! We have plans for Kids Are Heroes days. One of our Heroes will be featured at the E3 Expo. We’re constantly growing.

Do you have any special events or fundraisers you’d like to tell us about?

We are fundraising locally and nationally through the Kids Are Heroes website and

How can people get involved with Kids Are Heroes? What do you need — volunteers, donations, etc?

There are many ways to get involved. Spread the word. Nominate a child. Donate a booth at a local event. Invite us to speak to your group. There are so many ways to get involved.

What is the most inspiring advice that you received and who did it come from?

I’ve received so many gems of wisdom from friends, but the main lesson I’ve learned is perseverance. Just keep going, keep trying, & you will succeed.

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