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A superhero for social change

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(ABC4 NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT) What is your definition of a superhero? I’d list would include characteristics like someone that has a secret power and the desire to do good.

Meet 9-year-old Chase Hansen. He and his Dad, John Hansen, started Kid Labs Chase told me; “That’s what we set up Kids Labs on – Superheroes.”

Kid Labs is a social enterprise company that was started when Chase was 4 years old.  I asked Chase what kind of Superhero he was. He replied with a big smile; “I’m the one that gets things done fast.” Our conversation continued; “So, you are the Flash.” With a twinkle in his eye, Chase exclaims; “Yes, I am the Flash.”

What kind of things are Chase and his Dad getting done as fast as they can? Chase said; “I just wanted to start with homeless people because there are people suffering out there that could use help, so we started with that.”

One of Chase’s superpowers is what he calls “Project Empathy.” It a one-on-one sit down meal with a homeless person and a non-homeless person. He filled me in on the details; “Just asking questions. Feeling with and connecting with them. Making them feel welcome. Making them feel like they actually have a place in this world. And making them feel helped and listened to. That’s usually what homeless people usually want.”

Mike is just one example of the 130 homeless people that the Hansen dynamic duo have helped so far. “We’ve been helping him see his boys for, I want to say, the last 2 years. To have them be with each other so they can mentor each other and be around them like a father and son should be.”

I leaned over and asked Chase who his mentor is? He point jovialy to his Dad, John, and simply says; “Him.” Speaking from personal experience, that’s quite a moment for a Father. John absorbs the minute as says; “Shucks. Thanks. And he’s mine. I’ve probably learned more from him than he has ever learned from me.” 

These stories deserve to be told. These are Utah Caring Stories. I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News. 

For more information on Kids Labs go to www.KidLabs.org

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