The Hero Lab 2015 Annual Report

Take a look at our 2015 Annual Report below for our impact thus far, and how we measure it. 

Impact Assessment

All of our work is rooted in research and built on empirically-validated methods in positive psychology, design thinking, action research, and social-emotional learning. We measure everything we do, and are committed to sharing our progress you with consistently, both quantitatively and qualitatively. 

The ACE Score

In the communities we work in, which have high rates of violence, domestic and child abuse, emotional trauma, substance addiction, and a lack of social capital, youth are most at-risk for developing both mental and physical illnesses according to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study (developed by Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control in the US). An ACE Survey of four or higher increases the likelihood of depression by 460%, suicide by 1,120%, hepatitis by 240%, and chronic pulmonary lung disease by 390%. The average ACE score in the communities we work in is a 6.1  

Average number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score observations per class

Stage 1 Curriculum Intervention

Our Stage 1 curriculum, built from scientifically-validated methods in positive psychology, is administered over the course of six months and is the first intervention we do with community youth. Our pilot program in Worli yielded the following results, showing an approximate 163% average increase across our eight "Soft-Skills for Well-Being": 

Happiness, meaning, and grit levels before and after Stage 1 curriculum implementation

Gratitude, empathy, strengths, and hope levels before and after Stage 1 curriculum implementation