MENTAL HEALTH + CIVIL RIGHTS
While our work in schools is at a tipping point — with our Curriculum pilot beginning in late 2018 — our all-volunteer creation of events proves our tireless capacity for outreach.
We build empathy, resilience, emotion regulation, trauma recovery, and healthy identity in marginalized and at-risk communities.
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COALITION hosts WOMEN’S MARCH + TEEN VOGUE at the UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
In 2017, the Coalition partnered with UNA San Diego to create Closing the Gender Gap in Entertainment: Systemic Social Change Through Media at UNCSW.
Coalition Founder Chase Masterson produced and moderated this unprecedented event in the intersection of pop culture + social justice, featuring:
Women’s March on Washington Co-Chair Carmen Perez
Teen Vogue Editor Lauren Duca
Standing Rock Activist Joanne Spotted Bear With fellow panelists:
• Comics icon Gail Simone • Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey
• Co-Founder Carrie Goldman • Harper Collins’ Bullied
• Dr. Janina Scarlet • author, Superhero Therapy
• Bettina Hausmann • UN Association San Diego President
• Jennifer K. Stuller • Geek Girl Con Founder
The groundbreaking event was a success, leading to Chase moderating a panel for UN Association San Diego at UNCSW 2018.
WONDER WOMAN: UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL AMBASSADORSHIP
In March 2016, Chase Masterson introduced DC Entertainment to the United Nations Department of Public Information for the purpose of Wonder Woman becoming a Global UN Ambassador.
Although the Ambassadorship was protested by some who felt that a fictional character should not have that honor, the Ambassadorship accomplished several of Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s goals: to educate, empower, and mobilize countless young people for resilience, inclusion, and human rights, by using stories that are relatable to them.
WOMEN’S MARCH CONVENTION
The Women’s March on Washington team asked Chase to create the Children’s Programming (0-12 years) for their Convention in Detroit in 2017. Children’s activities included:
Human rights art projects
A children’s social justice library and activities for marginalized and bullied children
UN ASSOCIATION SAN DIEGO ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AWARD
In October 2018, Coalition Curriculum Co-Creator Dr. Janina Scarlet was honored with the chapter’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award.
Coalition Curriculum Co-Creator Dr. Janina Scarlet with UN Women Assistant Secretary General Lakshmi Puri
Since 2008, Chase has volunteered at Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest intervention program for formerly gang-involved and incarcerated youth. For the third consecutive year, she has arranged for free YMCA summer camp for Homeboy children.
Chase has also arranged for the children of Homeboy to receive Toys for Tots, which allow Homeboy parents to further bond with their kids, while further separating themselves from their former lives. Many Homies have recently gotten their kids back from foster care, or are newly able to visit their children in foster care. These toys are a major bonding tool, helping break the cycle of hopelessness for the next generation.