CHASEING SUPERHERO

$1,320 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 20 months
John Hansen
on behalf of Chase Hansen
 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
CHRISTMAS EVE, 2017 | DRAPER, UTAH

It was time for bed. I tossed my 8 year old son over my shoulder and hauled him up the stairs to the spare bedroom at his mom’s house. Throwing him onto the bed, we quickly jumped under the the covers snuggling into each other. It would be hard for him to sleep, It was the night before Christmas and Chase was so excited.

It had been another lean year bootstrapping our dream start-up and I had exhausted all of our resources on our research and serving those less fortunate. I felt guilty.

“I need to tell you something Chase.” I said.

“What Dad, what is it?”

“I don’t have any presents for you to unwrap this year,” I said.

“I know Dad, it’s ok. I don’t want any presents. All I want for Christmas is to be with you. I love you so much.” Chase said as he leaned over and gave me a huge hug.

“I have a surprise for you though,” I told him, reaching for my MacBook charging on the bed-stand.

“What is it?” Chase inquired with excitement.

I opened the internet browser and directed it to the home page of the Utah Daily Herald, a local newspaper, where a featured article had been posted to the front page just a few hours before, just in time for Christmas.

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“Look, you are front page news son. I am so proud of you. Merry Christmas.”

Chase looked astonished staring at the computer screen. “I can’t believe it.” he said.

I smiled and began to read…


THIRD GRADER HOPES TO HELP THE HOMELESS THROUGH KID LABS
DAILY HERALD by Karissa Neely

It’s not every day a third-grader reaches out to a newspaper through a LinkedIn message, but that’s just how Chase Hansen, 8-year-old Kid Labs founder, rolls.

From his first, “Hi there. Nice to meet you, I’m Chase,” LinkedIn message, it’s easy to see Chase is the impetus behind the vision of Kid Labs — to empower kids to reach out to their community. Chase, a third-grader at Draper Elementary, partners with his father, John Hansen.

“I’m the talker, he’s the ‘I do stuff,’” Chase said, joking about his dad.

John readily agrees.

“Chase would come up with the ideas, and my job is to make it happen. I put the pieces together to make it work,” John said.

They both are speaking of a project that started years ago during Chase’s toddler years. When Chase was 4, John thought it would be great to make a superhero lab. They started out in a garage, but their idea bloomed, so they renovated an industrial warehouse in Salt Lake City, and christened it Kid Labs in 2013.

In that location, kids and families came together to create, connect and contribute to their community. The space focused on science, technology, engineering and arts exploration. The walls were not one color, but many — a fantastic splash of color and movement created by area graffiti artists.

John calls that location a “living social experiment,” all with the focus on fulfilling kids’ dreams of being true superheroes inspired by, but not necessarily exactly like the ones they see in the movies — more geared towards empowering them to be effective heroes in society. The lab offered yoga, robotics, art and GoPro classes, in addition to holding family dance parties and kid-and-dad sleepovers.

Unfortunately, Kid Labs had to close less than a year after it opened. John Hansen said a volunteer ran off with the organization’s money, resulting in the loss of Kid Labs’ location. This broke Chase’s heart.

Since then, John and Chase have been working in “stealth mode” to resurrect the vision behind Kid Labs. A physical location will be part of that vision, but John Hansen also has more in the works, as well.

Through some of his own struggles in recent years, John Hansen wants to bring empathetic and empowering programs to homeless and at-risk youth. Chase shares that same hope. Honestly, he has probably seen and interacted with more at-risk and homeless children than most 8-year-olds.

“It’s just sitting down and hearing someone’s story, if you’re not homeless. But hearing their story as homeless,” Chase said.

Chase and his father are working on securing a Kid Labs location in Midvale and targeting these communities there. To do this, John Hansen has been partnering with local nonprofit organizations, and gaining mentorship from their leaders.

Janae Moss is the chair-elect for the United Way of Utah County Board of Directors and founder of the Parent Advocacy Council. She saw the original Kid Labs and its benefit to the community, how it brought together different people through play. Because of the powerful “dad voice” Hansen was for the area, he has been a part of her council for a few years. Moss hopes Hansen’s vision of child-focused innovation education will succeed.

The Hansens are still looking for more partnerships, especially with local technology businesses to “fund unique social experiments and Kid Lab projects,” Hansen said.

By reaching the kids where they are, Hansen hopes to help businesses tap into a future workforce, while raising these children from the poverty levels they were born into. He sees Kid Labs as a unique co-working space that allows local companies hands-on opportunities for philanthropy while teaching children how to be entrepreneurs, to code, and the importance of health and well-being.

It’s a big vision, and one he can’t accomplish without business partnerships.

Of course, Chase, keeps things rooted in reality.

“We’ll need a room for robotics and games, and a hero room. And a big room with room for an epic Nerf battle. I love Nerf wars,” he said.

Daily Herald Link 


“Do you like it?” I inquired.

“I love it. It is the best present ever!” Chase smiled.

“There is something else. I wrote something for you, it took me almost a year. It’s your ORIGIN STORY…every hero has one. It is a work in progress, but I started it. I want to read it to you.” I said.

Chase snuggled-in closer as the page loaded.

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“KID LABS: A Social Impact Company founded in 2013 by 4 year old businessman and philanthropist Chase Hansen and his dad, with a mission to be a global FORCE for good.” I read aloud.

“Cool… Dad, what’s a Social Impact Company?” Chase inquired.

“It is a company with a mission. A hero-company. Kind of like a not-for-profit, led by someone who wants to do good, make an impact on the world, leave it better.” I said. “ Sometimes those leaders have a secret identity, kind of like you,” pointing to the picture.

“You have a powerful story Chase. The world needs to know about you. People want to be part of a story, especially stories about heroes. You are a hero. Are you committed to the plan?” I asked.

“YES!” Chase quickly fired back. “WEEEEEEEEEE are committed… Dad.”

“Yes we are.” I smiled clicking the link and began reading…






CHASEING SUPERHERO


In Sept 2013, my little boy Chase and I attended one of the greatest gatherings of heroes in the world, the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, the very first one. It was epic.

Chase was four at the time and like little boys often do, he super hero-ed everything, tapping into his inner warrior with his fierce imagination wherever we went. He was always in “Hero Mode” fighting imaginary bad guys, armed with imaginary gadgets and imaginary weapons being a Force For Good in his world of superhero.



We had spent nearly two years straight together after the sale of a company that I owned. Let’s just say 2009 was a rough time on many small business and real-estate owners. When the global economy fell apart, so did I. Broken and battered from my unraveling and the implosion of my marriage, I decided to take a much needed break from the world, to stay at home and be with my son.

Those two years as a stay-at-home dad were the most magical and transformative years of my life, just the medicine that I needed. Chase and I would adventure everywhere together, exploring and playing. He was the sweetest boy, a constant source of unconditional love and affection, lifting me up from the dark place where I had fallen, anchoring me back into a purpose. He helped me see the world through his eyes, and I began seeing things differently, discovering things alongside him as we would wander. I loved the expressions on his tiny face when he would see new things for the first time.

Every night we spent together we would cuddle up on the couch or build a fort and watch something that he had curated, almost as if he was trying to mentor me with positive lessons through Pixar and Disney, reminding me who I was through heroic stories. I started to feel again.

We soon worked our way up from animation to Power Rangers and then quickly graduated to the “big boy” hero stuff his favorite movie being Real Steel. We must have watched it a hundred times.

Jayden the Red Power Ranger, Atom the boxing robot, Luke Skywalker, Iron Man, Optimus Prime, Spiderman, Batman, and Captain America soon becoming regulars on his rotation of alter egos to try on.



As a little Jedi Master, he would wield his lightsaber with expertise, using the front room to enact what he saw on our tv, drawing me into fierce battles where we would fight together against foes that were invisible to me. He was the type of little kid who would explore the world in a Spiderman outfit or put it on just to fall asleep, ready to spring into action if needed. “Hero Mode” became the most entertaining way to adventure, so I encouraged it.



FanX fueled by the 40,000 diehard fans served as a catalyst for an idea. We needed our own superhero lair. We both wanted to continue our training together and reasoned if we had a base we could recruit a League of extraordinary people and develop a heroic culture like Avengers or X-Men. We wanted to put our creative ideas into play to serve others and elevate humanity.



After months of searching, we found an abandoned industrial pipe welding shop that had been decimated by a previous tenant. It was in bad shape, but I saw what it could become. I struck a deal with the owners on a handshake and mobilized the Boy Scouts and a few hired guns to start cleaning up the place. Progress was slow, but in time we recruited some amazing volunteers and a few open-minded “hero companies” that rallied behind our vision.



After three months of hard work, just like Arrow and Batman, we had a lair our dream office. A maker space where my little boy and I could be together to play, create, and imagine.

We called it Kid Labs.

Since Chase was two, I have been following his lead as he drives ideas and experiences which I make happen, something that I love doing. Following the leader has changed my life, teaching me more than I’d ever imagined. With a lair, we began to think in superhero, taking our game to a whole other level.



Most of our heroic adventures, experiments and experiences were kept top secret. I like to tell Chase that Batman doesn’t have a PR team, he operates covertly, in Hero Mode and doesn’t seek out recognition.

In total, we ran 90+ social experiments from our beta lab. We met so many amazing people from all walks of life, even collaborating on a few special projects with champions from the non-profit and business sectors.



I often get asked, “What happened to Kid Labs?”

Most of the time I make up an answer that sounds good, but keep the real answer to myself. In short a volunteer took off with the last of our funds and our working capital went to zero. Short on rent we scrambled to rally help, but without an nonprofit tax ID number, the amazing organizations and foundations we approached about our work, turned us down. Without a “License to Hero,” we were on our own.

Surrendering to the inevitable, I sat Chase down to give him the bad news: we were shutting down his hero facility that we had built together. To help my little son process the flood of emotions, I asked him to do an interview.



We had spent months rebuilding something completely destroyed in a labor of love, turning a dirty and broken building into an amazing laboratory for our hero work. We had accomplished so much and left the neighborhood improved, with the proof of concept and the experience we needed to build a “bigger and better Kid Labs.”

For the last four years since, we having been in stealth mode, figuring out the next phase through intensive research and personal development (r&pd) creating the relationships and strategic partnerships and the infrastructure we will need to create our dream…and we dream big.



CHASEING SUPERHERO is the Origin Story about a mission driven little boy from Utah, who seeks to create meaningful change in the world through his social impact work, not unlike any of the heroic characters we celebrate in our greatest stories.

Chase is a leader that has heart.

Help me to help him reboot Kid Labs and to tell his story.

From what I see on the news, the world could use a hero… besides, the greatest stories are the ones that you can be a part of.

John Hansen
Chief Dad Officer | Kid Labs



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PRESS ARCHIVE 





WHAT INSPIRED KID LABS
ORIGIN OF CONCEPT 

OUR WORK
PANCAKES WITH PURPOSE 

EMPATHY 

smART 

M.E. 







“ You are an inspiration to us all Chase, keep up the good work.” Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox | Utah

“Chase is my hero!” Dan Far | FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention | CEO

“When I think of John Hansen, I think of HEART. His heart is big, so big in fact he had to renovate a whole warehouse to fit it in. He is first, a dad. He loves his son Chase, more than anything. He wants Chase to grow up in a world of love.” Janae Moss | United Way | Utah County Board Chair


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Cori Powell
4 months ago
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I love you two warriors!

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Jennifer Christy
19 months ago
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I had the privelage of meeting Chase Hansen a couple of years ago and have to say that I was mighty impressed by this young man and his dream. With the help and support of his loving parents and grandparents, he has done some very remarkable things for one so young and is a huge inspiration for me. I am honored to share his story and support his dream because it's for the service of others and their well-being. Chase is truly a superhero and is working hard to serve others. Please give to support this kid...he is amazing and I look forward to helping all I can and watching to see where he goes in life. I imagine that he will create an incredible legacy of super-hero sized proportions before long and that others from all walks of life will join his cause and spread the word.

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Iva Orr
19 months ago
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I've had the privilege to work with Chase and John on a super project and honestly, their passion and determination to make this world a better place are inspiring. Little Chase and his sidekick dad are a true inspiration.

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Kimberly Sidwell Capson
20 months ago
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I have gotten to meet Chase and I have known his dad nearly all of my life. Chase is honestly a Super Hero. He strives to help others. Especially those less fortunate than him. I have had the privilege to participate in their special mother's day event when they had a make over and a photo shoot. They did our make-up, styled our hair, and then had us do some fun photos. It was so much fun. My kids have enjoyed other activities through Kid Labs. This was a fun place to get to know others and be able to help out. This little boy and his awesome dad are on a mission to bring good to the world. Chase and John have helped provide some awesome service, activities, and fun.

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Michael Tucker
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You are and your son are an inspiration. Keep up the great work.

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Towards a social experiment [ Justin Ward ]

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Towards a social experiment

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Michael Gebhard
4 months ago

Keep up the great work! You’re awesome, and you’ve got a great dad to help you out as well! You two make a wonderful team!

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Jennifer King
19 months ago
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Only wish I could donate more! This is a wonderful idea and so needed! Glad to see it being revived! Our Community NEEDS this!!!

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Cori Powell
4 months ago
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I love you two warriors!

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Jennifer Christy
19 months ago
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I had the privelage of meeting Chase Hansen a couple of years ago and have to say that I was mighty impressed by this young man and his dream. With the help and support of his loving parents and grandparents, he has done some very remarkable things for one so young and is a huge inspiration for me. I am honored to share his story and support his dream because it's for the service of others and their well-being. Chase is truly a superhero and is working hard to serve others. Please give to support this kid...he is amazing and I look forward to helping all I can and watching to see where he goes in life. I imagine that he will create an incredible legacy of super-hero sized proportions before long and that others from all walks of life will join his cause and spread the word.

+ Read More
Iva Orr
19 months ago
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I've had the privilege to work with Chase and John on a super project and honestly, their passion and determination to make this world a better place are inspiring. Little Chase and his sidekick dad are a true inspiration.

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Kimberly Sidwell Capson
20 months ago
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I have gotten to meet Chase and I have known his dad nearly all of my life. Chase is honestly a Super Hero. He strives to help others. Especially those less fortunate than him. I have had the privilege to participate in their special mother's day event when they had a make over and a photo shoot. They did our make-up, styled our hair, and then had us do some fun photos. It was so much fun. My kids have enjoyed other activities through Kid Labs. This was a fun place to get to know others and be able to help out. This little boy and his awesome dad are on a mission to bring good to the world. Chase and John have helped provide some awesome service, activities, and fun.

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