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“Heroes aren’t extinct,

they are all around us”

– C. G. Cooper

Photo by Milene van Arendonk

The Superhero Academy is committed to an optimal development of children and youngsters who grow up in disadvantaged circumstances.


Disruptive events can have serious consequences on the development and mental health of youth; like trauma. They have an increased risk of health issues and psychosocial, developmental and learning problems.


Help children and young people discover their inner strength,

so that they can develop optimally towards a bright future!

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When children and youngsters discover their own strength (resilience), they can deal better with their past ánd get grip on their future.


They discover their strength when they feel connected to others again, experience success, develop their identity and learn the right skills to improve their mental health and resilience.


The Superhero Academy trains professionals in activating the Superpower in youth in a trauma-informed way. So they can contribute -within their own responsibility- to an optimal development and bright future of this vulnerable group.

Photo by Milene van Arendonk



The Superhero Academy was founded by educationalist Sjouke Ummels. She has 10+ years of experience working in International Organizations (NGOs), focusing on the psychosocial well-being of youth.  

It became clear from the professional field how great the need is for practical knowledge and skills in the field of resilience, mental health and trauma. Not only from (traumatized) young people themselves, but also from professionals who are committed to their development.


Determined to make a difference for vulnerable youth, Sjouke started

-in collaboration with specialists and experts by experience-

the Superhero Academy. 


Sjouke Ummels MSc.

Pedagogue & Trainer


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