Learn more about the team that brought you Captain Encouragement and his Crusade of Kindness! From the humble beginnings of notebooks margins and clandestine meetings in coffee shops to the mighty performances touring across the nation; the Call to Inspire team has come a long way in their quest for justice, and have a long way ahead of them still. Read on to hear exclusive secrets on the minds behind your favorite frown-fighting superhero!
“Some of today’s youth’s biggest role models are superheroes, and it was no different for me. I can still remember the awe I felt watching Superman battling with the forces of evil. But as I grew up, I started encountering many problems that the superheroes on TV never taught me how to solve.
There are no gadgets to help you deal with getting bullied. No powers that can magically heal hurt feelings. In the comics, most obstacles were overcome by fists and willpower, but that’s not how it works in the real world. So as I was walking down the streets of L.A., I decided to just start doling out compliments to the people I walked past. As I saw their faces light up, I realized that we need a superhero who CAN deal with those complex issues. A real live hero who resolves conflict without violence; whose superpowers are infectious positivity and the ability to encourage people to do their best and spread kindness. And that is exactly what Captain Encouragement is all about.
Our goal is to perpetuate positive change in the world, starting by giving our children the tools to break the cycle of violence that is inherent in our society and the media. We need to use the world’s unprecedented inter-connectivity to wake up the new generations, and finally trade our apathy and isolation for the love and kindness of a more positive humankind.”
Nicholas Domingo, C.E.O. for Call to Inspire
“Believe me, I never thought I would be a part of something like this. A few years before I had ever met or even heard of Nicholas, I was deep into the local literature scene. Reading my poems and short stories for strangers to see if they were any good. I always had these dreams in my head that some of my writing might make its way into the hands of people across the nation, but looking back to that awkward kid fumbling around with my notebooks, I would never have guessed that it would be for a cause as big or as important as this one.
When I was younger, I was picked on a lot. We were constantly moving from town to town, state to state, so I was always the new kid in school. Add in a hefty frame and a nose shoved deep into any book I could get my hands on, and I suddenly became a prime target for bullies from coast to coast. Suffice it to say I know a lot about hurt feelings and how hard it can be to figure out how to deal with those sorts of problems.
So when Nicholas came up to me with the idea for Captain Encouragement and asked me to take part in writing his story with him, I knew then and there that there was nothing else I would rather do. I take great pride in our message of non-violence, and I can not even begin to describe the joy I feel when I get to see the expression of a kid who is moved by the work we are doing.”
Michael Miller, Co-writer