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Founded in 2013, Pop Culture Hero Coalition is the first 501(c)(3) organization to use evidence-based psychology in combination with heroic characters and stories, teaching social emotional learning and bullying prevention in ways that children and teens find relatable. 


Our work:

  • Is rooted in Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) principals.

  • Is based on key research.

  • Is created by pop-culture-fluent clinical psychologists and veteran educators.

  • Features the prevention and treatment of all forms of bullying, physical and psychological violence, inequity, and discrimination. 

  • Incorporates restorative practices as a core component.


In 2021, our Heroic Journey Curriculum for K - 8th grade is impacting approximately 200,000 children and their parents through our national Partnership with YMCA USA. 


Available for Schools • Online Events • Community Centers 

Children’s Hospitals • Homes During COVID


PCHC provides mental health and social emotional learning programs for children, teens, and adults. We work to end oppression in all its forms, including bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA+ bullying, and cyber bullying. By using evidence-based psychology in combination with relatable stories and characters, we transform struggles into strengths.

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Every child deserves to be mentally healthy. And secure, empathetic, and resilient kids are the key to a positive future for us all.


But research shows kids are often focused on more urgent issues: depression, anxiety, fear, shame, loneliness, self-doubt, anger, addiction, and suicidal ideation.


The Heroic Journey harnesses the phenomenon of stories kids love, along with evidence-based psychology — and teaches them to be heroes, for themselves and for each other.  

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