Meet the Heart Defenders
As you dive into the SAFE Hearts education materials you will meet the lovable Heart Defenders. These characters range in age so they can take turns messaging the core SAFE Hearts principles to younger children and teens alike. As members of the SAFE Hearts Club, the Heart Defenders will help familiarize, educate and inspire children to identify threats through awareness, and to encourage strong and courageous decision-making.
The role of this cast is to teach readers to identify real-life circumstances that could pose a risk to their heart; situations that look one way on the surface but feel different internally. Once that is learned, the reader is empowered to rely on and listen to those alerts within themselves, referred to as “heart signals,” that present as a feeling in their tummy, a strange feeling, a pounding in their chest, etc. The ultimate goal is that every reader becomes a Heart Defender themselves, through learning the importance of a proper response to uncomfortable situations, and feels empowered to take action and protect their heart.