Who Are We?

The HateBrakers mission is to identify, educate, and award those acts and behaviors that interrupt the cycle of hate-breeds-hate. We help interrupt this cycle by:

Spotlighting individuals who have experienced violence either as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators and have found the moral courage to become leaders and healers rather than haters.

Gathering stories of moral courage from HateBrakers of all ages and ethnicities whose heroic actions are models for others.

Expanding the reach of these individuals both locally and globally through a solid educational program of original interviews. These interviews have been carefully selected from seventy-five videos for each audience.

Partnering with schools and community organizations locally and globally to develop advanced solutions by the usage of presentations, exhibits, educational materials, and publications illustrating how people manage to transcend their personal hate injuries to heal others.

HateBrakers provides close-up conversations with people who have caused, witnessed or endured acts of hate from bullying to genocide–and gone on to become heroes, healers and leaders.

What is a HateBraker?

Hate (n.) a deep dislike or resentment that may involve cruelty and violence

Braker (n.) a person who halts, slows, or restrains

HateBraker (n.) a person who is not perilously defined by an act of hate; (v.) hatebraking

HateBrakers are victims, witnesses, and perpetrators who put a stop to the predictable cycle of hate-breeds-hate instead of becoming haters themselves.

Education/ Community Program

Meet A Hero, Be A Hero is a video resource guide that addresses themes from bullying to genocide, highlighting moral courage in the face of acts of hate.

This educational program spotlights individuals who have experienced acts of hate as either targets, witnesses, or perpetrators. Each one of them has been empowered from their entanglement with hate and has gone on to become change makers.

HateBrakers partners with facilitators to present short videos that highlight these HateBrakers. Presenters facilitate discussions and activities designed to help students explore issues and themes evoked by the testimonials. Meet a Hero, Be a Hero empowers students to find courage through adversity and become leaders themselves.

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HateBraker Hero Awards

Our annual awards ceremony celebrates HateBraker Heroes, people who have turned trauma into triumph in the mission to educate, lead, and heal other individuals who have experienced acts of hate. HateBraker Heroes are not saints, they are humans who have been perpetrators, bystanders, and targets of hatred who do not let it define who they are and instead use it as a reason to improve the world  We ask the community to engage in sharing their stories with us and nominate Heroes of the community.

St. Louis Magazine on Founder Susan Balk

Fame looks like power and feels like power—and so does hate.