Taken from the University of Central Florida Article by Jenna Marina Lee
Led by a UCF alum, Hero Spark is an after-school program that uses role-playing games to help teenagers improve their self-esteem and hone their social skills.
Established in 2015, Hero Spark uses strategic card, board and role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons to help 11-to-18-year-olds grow as individuals.
While Hero Spark offers homework tutoring, and the gaming aspect of the program has roots in storytelling, Zoshak says more than anything his focus is to foster an environment that hones social, emotional and interpersonal skills.
“I hope the skills that I’m teaching are going to be important for the 21st century. Social empathy, communications skills, strategy and problem-solving — these are all things we are going to need,” he says. “This is how I learned them, so why wouldn’t I give this to the next generation of kids?”
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