The YPSI High Superhero Program is a high school youth initiative located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that utilizes superheroes to improve character through creative storytelling and fictional character development.
The program is being developed through the Eastern Michigan University’s Bright Futures after-school program.
From the program’s website:
Superheroes are colorful representations of our dreams, hopes, and life experiences. The journeys they endure are often inherently reflective of our own lives. Rather it’s overcoming their fears to defeat a formidable enemy, or accepting the responsibility that comes with great power; superheroes, at their core, are human. This program uses these principles and converts them into life lessons for youth. These lessons will help build character and improve confidence while providing students with a platform to creatively tell their own superhero stories, where they are the heroes.
A primary goal for the program is challenging the student’s imagination by introducing them to a diverse selection of comic book storytelling possibilities. This will allow them to gain some familiarity with the medium before creating their own stories. However, we need help gathering as many comics for the students as possible. We hope that each of them will find at least one story that both empowers and inspires them.
They’re particularly looking for the following:
- books featuring black and other people of color characters
- books written and/or drawn by black or other people of color artist
- books featuring women leads—ESPECIALLY women of color
- books by independent or self-published creators
- books that are appropriate for high school teenagers (ages 14-18)
Please drop-off or ship your comics to FUN 4 ALL Comics & Games at 3773 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Digital comics can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.