Through our unique array of child-centered programs and services, we create moments of uninhibited joy. Whether those moments occur with a group of close-knit friends, snuggling a beloved pet, or uplifting children throughout our communities, Brave Like Me provides safe, supportive and accessible experiences for every child we serve.
Our current programs are housed under our three main experiences:
We believe every child has the ability to dream big and do amazing things. Our Brave Friends programs provide joy-inducing, life-changing mini adventures designed around children and teens impacted by Complex Medical Conditions. Through mini-adventures like indoor rock climbing, high-ropes courses, go-karting, horseback riding, indoor skydiving and more, we serve children of all abilities, helping them build resilience and overcome their own perceived limitations.
There are countless studies that have proved that animals are good for our souls. For children and teens experiencing extended hospital stays, being separated from their pet is especially difficult. Though there are nearly 200 children’s hospitals nationwide, only a handful possess dedicated family pet centers, where family pets can reunite safely with a hospitalized child. We are working to change that, starting with our Mobile Pet Center concept.
Our commitment to uplifting kids and creating moments of uninhibited joy spreads throughout our communities with our Brave Schools programs. Inspired by Brayden Otten’s enthusiasm and love for reading and learning, our Brayden’s Books initiative is a specially-curated collection of children’s and YA books that offers lessons in integrity, perseverance, curiosity and courage. Through a partnership with Queen City Book Bank, we provide children in underserved communities with resources and opportunities that foster a love of reading, fuel literacy skills and nurture self-esteem.