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, though learning the importance of a proper response to uncomfortable situations and feels empowered take action and protect their heart.

SIMON (AGE 9)


Simon is the fearless and
fun member of the Club.
Always ready to battle for
safety, he shows others the
GIFT OF BEING STRONG
and taking action to
help those in need.

ELIZABETH (AGE 12)


Elizabeth is the brave and
bold member of the Club.
Always bringing secrets to
light, she will lead you to a
safe person and show you
the GIFT OF COURAGE to
tell when something
has happened.

FAITH (AGE 7)


Faith is the voice of reason
and the tenderhearted
member of the Club. Always
aware of her surroundings,
she presents others with
GIFT OF CHOICE and
recognizing a tricky
situation.

Tomás (AGE 4)


Tomás is the cautious and
alert member of the Club.
Always paying attention to
detail, he gives children
the GIFT OF SIGHT AND
AWARENESS
, so they
can begin to identify
unsafe behavior.