I happened upon this Wired article about a Stanford professor's project to teach middle schoolers about social psychology and create the next generation of American heroes. It's an interesting take on developing heroism in young people.
I just watched this fantastic documentary about Kevin Cash, the puppeteer responsible for the character of Elmo. It is a fascinating story about the journey he took to actualize his childhood dream of becoming a puppeteer on Sesame Street. I was completely transfixed the entire time. Beautiful and truly inspiring.