Heroic Choices

Heroic Choices
Founded: 2001

To help build resiliency in children who have experienced trauma.

About the Organization:
Originally the Todd M. Beamer Foundation, Heroic Choices works to help children between the ages of 8 and 12 develop their ability to overcome adversity and emerge stronger than before. The foundation was launched in memory of Todd M. Beamer, one of the passengers who confronted the terrorist hijackers aboard United Flight 93, which crashed in a rural Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001. Once the story of what happened aboard Flight 93 became public knowledge, Lisa Beamer, Todd's widow, began receiving in-kind donations and monetary gifts from all over the world. The organization was born out of Lisa's discussions with friends about how to best use the funds to honor her late husband and benefit others. The foundation spent 2002 conducting extensive research into the issue of childhood trauma and subsequently determined that there was a very real and urgent need to create a program that could provide concrete, positive experiences for traumatized children. In 2004, the foundation changed its name to Heroic Choices.

Current Programs:
The organization's Resiliency Building Program begins with a weekend retreat in which children who have experienced family trauma and their caregivers/mentors work together in a safe environment. At the retreat, children and their caregivers/mentors engage in a series of activities designed to build resiliency and self-esteem; establish long-term mentoring relationships for the children; and train caregivers and mentors to help guide and support their children through life. The Heroic Choices Asset Development Program features a retreat and long-term mentoring relationships, as well as pre-assessment and continuous curriculum-based training.

Web Site:
The Heroic Choices site features information on how to build a child's resiliency, as well as a link to partner organizations and several links to organizations, resources, research, and publications on the topic of children and family trauma.

Heroic Choices receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, churches, and other organizations.

Contact: William M. Beatty, Chairman, Board of Directors
Phone: (609) 497-9777; (866) 437-6111 (toll free)
Fax: (609) 497-1609