Our country's youth need to know
that there's more to America than violence, selfishness and despair. Our
elderly need to be reminded of the generosity and goodness that still
live strong throughout our nation and our world. Everyone in between
needs to know that there is something that they can do.
especially want to let those who are being bullied to know that there
is good out there while people like us are out there. Don't give up
What is the Initiative?
The official answer is in the video above, but the short answer
is, we’re just a bunch of regular people trying to make the world a
little better because it’s the right thing to do. We’ve got branches in 7
states (and we’re growing), a weekly radio show, and a whole lot of
good ideas. We’ve been in the paper, in magazines, on several radio
shows, and in the movies. We’re trying to make big changes in our
communities, but we need to spread our message to a larger audience. We
all joined this group for different reasons, but if you want to learn
more, check out the HBO Documentary, Superheroes by Michael Barnett, which features our flagship group, the New York Initiative. What's that? A group of people who do good deeds just for the sake of kindness?? Yup, that's us.
What is the message?
Simple. No one can be everywhere, doing everything to save the world, but EVERYONE can be everywhere, doing something.
What’s this film about?
It’s about eight members of the Initiative jumping into a van or two
and rolling all across the country, from California to New York, in
search of people who are also making big changes in their communities,
all in the name of kindness. It’s about us finding those unsung heroes
and shedding light on their stories in the hopes of inspiring other
people to do whatever they can do in their own communities. It's about
giving hope to those who have given up.
If you've ever met
anyone who's given up, you know how important a message of hope is.
Suicides among the young are something that we are directly trying to
It’s also about us giving back to the givers by teaching them a life
skill to keep them safer, healthier and happier. We teach basic street
medic skills, emergency preparedness and basic self-defense for free in
our communities. We'll be teaching these skills to the heroes that we
meet out on the road.
Isn't that cool? We'll all be learning something new!
We’d like you to join us on this amazing journey. There’s an
urgent need for people to reach out to each other in person, and to
make connections. To complete this film in a timely manner, we’re going
to need your help. By donating, you’ll help to keep this idea of hope
growing so that these selfless actions that aren’t getting the attention
they deserve, can reach a much larger audience. You’ll be helping us to
inspire others and therefore, build and empower a better community.
You can empower your community! You can inspire others! All from a single donation!
By backing Taking Initiative: Nation of Heroes, you’re becoming a
part of the film. We’ve saved up part of the budget but still need a lot
of help with gas, filming expenses, gas, food, gas, lodging and more
gas. By helping us out, you become another member of our caravan, the
9th passenger. So please donate. Any amount will help us to reach our
goal. When you donate, we have some great gifts and we’ll keep you
posted on our project as we continue making the film.
You can show this film to your friends and say, I was part of that caravan! I helped to fund this film. I AM THE 9TH PASSENGER!
A firefighter who uses his free time to raise money for medical and
homeless charities, a retired dad riding 9,000 miles across America to
raise awareness for anti-bullying, a doula who assists homeless women
during delivery, a urban farmer who transformed a vacant block into an
organic garden for his neighbors, and a senior citizen who
singlehandedly cleaned up a local dumping waterway to make room for a
bird sanctuary -- these are just some of the real-life heroes out there,
and we're going to find them!
These amazing people are out there, not just the psychos and the
obnoxious. If you want to see less of the negative and more of the
positive, make that happen by donating. We'd love to make more of these
hero films, but we need this one to happen first.
Becoming the "someone" that you were hoping would come along and
change things is an idea worth sharing, so please share this film on
Facebook, Twitter or in a blog.
Even if you can't donate at the moment, please share this film project everywhere.