YPSI HIGH SUPERHERO PROGRAM

 

ABOUT YHSP

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. 

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.

New tablets for the YHSP thanks to a grant from the Awesome Foundation 

Students were happy to see the program's new graphics tablets. 

Sam Read selling his work at his first con during Ypsilanti's Washi Con 

DONATE COMICS TO THE PROGRAM

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.

We'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)

TOP QUESTIONS

Are you accepting digital comics? YES! Please email them to me at address listed below

Are there other ways I can contribute? If you feel you have something else to offer the students, email me.

Can I donate my old and word comics?Yes, you can. We'll gladly take those, too.  

I'm not a big publisher, can I still donate? We strongly encourage independently created books. It'll be a big inspiration for the students. 

What do you mean by 'diverse'? Comics featuring people of color, women, disabled, LGBTQ, etc., characters and/or creators.  

WHERE TO DONATE

Please drop-off or ship your comics to FUN 4 ALL Comics & Games at 3773 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

*****DIGITAL COMICS should be sent to the email address below.******

If you have any questions, please email me at design@jermainedickerson.net or call  (586) 610-1693.

 

SPREAD THE WORD BY SHARING THIS FLYER.

 

The Ypsi High Superhero Program will be developed through Eastern Michigan University's Bright Futures  after-school program.