Meet Charlie Valor and his friends. They’re ordinary teens with ordinary problems—they just happen to experience them under extraordinary circumstances. We created this comic book series and website to help youth leaders address some of the tough topics that young people face. Topics like:
Whether at school, at home, or even youth group, situations present themselves and young people are faced with dilemmas that require them to make difficult choices. Rise of the RumorBots, the first issue of The Complicated World of Charlie Valor, presents youth leaders with an opportunity to start a dialogue with kids about safe texting and how to handle difficult situations like rumors.
In Night of the Hog-Jackers, the second issue in the comic book series, things get a little out of hand when a gang of space hogs crash a youth group lock-in. Kids will see that it’s okay to stand firm and not go along with the crowd when situations start to feel dangerous or wrong. Online tools help youth workers learn how careful planning and ample supervision help keep youth activities safe and fun for everyone.
The third issue, The Legend of the Deep Lake Monster, is set at camp and addresses rules in general and water safety more specifically. For young people, the story illustrates how even a seemingly safe situation can turn dangerous quickly if rules aren’t followed. The website goes a step further and gives youth leaders access to free camp safety and water safety resources.
In Issue four, Dawn of Luna Dooma, Charlie and his friends meet villains in an unexpected location—online. The friends are unaware of the villains’ presence in the social network and uninvited on Charlie’s smartphone. From posts and pictures to passwords and privacy settings, the online world can be tricky, especially for kids. This issue offers youth leaders an opportunity to talk to kids about online safety, and the additional resources on the Charlie Valor website can help educate and facilitate discussion.
The story in issue five, Battle with the Bully Brigade, follows two characters as they struggle to just be themselves. Finch is literally racing to beat his problems. Sarah is trying to get along and avoid confrontation. Both feel the wrath of the bully brigade. For Charlie’s friends, bullying manifests in words, actions, online messages, and finally as a screaming asteroid hurtling toward Earth. This issue along with the accompanying online resources can help youth workers talk to kids about what bullying is and how to deal with it.
In issue six, Day of the Dark Disaster, Charlie and his friends are faced with a double threat—a weather emergency and a menacing stranger. A mysterious thief is hiding out in the gang’s safe haven, and they’re all in the path of a destructive tornado. The gang has to remember emergency drills, make wise choices, and help each other through each situation or reap the consequences. Discussion questions and online resources can help youth workers talk to kids about what to do and how to respond during an emergency situation.
In issue seven of The Complicated World of Charlie Valor, Charlie and friends discover a thief is on the loose. As the town recovers from a tornado, valuables are disappearing from church and school—everything from action figures and cell phones to digital cameras and laptops. Most importantly, the mysterious Key of Montsarak is missing! Discussion questions and online resources can help youth workers teach kids about how to prevent theft.
Visit www.CharlieValor.com to download each issue, order copies for your youth group, and learn more about the comic book series. There’s plenty of cool stuff for kids and lots of helpful information for youth leaders, too.
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