Updated: Aug 30
A superhero can generally been defined as a fictional hero having extraordinary powers and be an exceptionally skillful or successful person. Polk County, FL is home to such a hero, and many residents and their children have had the privilege of meeting Omega-Man and hearing his anti-bullying/character development message. Marc Wilkes, the man behind the proverbial cape, travels throughout country as a comic super hero, sharing his vision of a world without bullying and helping kids understand the importance of good choices at literally thousands of schools.
Marc’s story begins with a childhood personal experience. Growing up with a speech impediment, Marc struggled with many of the common schoolyard bullying tactics that children sometimes demonstrate. After years of teasing and growing depression in his early teens, the mild-mannered young man realized that the bullying was taking its toll. “My mom helped me to understand that I was letting them affect the good person that I was,” said Marc. “I had even considered suicide as a result of being depressed. In the end, though, I decided that I needed to believe in myself and not let that negativity take over my life. I started taking speech therapy and began focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses.”
Indeed, Marc grew up to be a stronger and more confident man, putting the stuttering and the bullies behind him and focusing on being positive. Marc started traveling with a group of motivational speakers, still not very confident in speaking in front of crowds. He realized this was just preparing him for his future. The speaker would occasionally throw the microphone to him to say a few words but with time he got better.”
Over the years, the guys he traveled with started to go their own way. At the same time, Marc was falling in love with the idea of inspiring kids and young adults to make the best possible choices. “I have a great passion for speaking to young people and helping them find the right direction,” said Marc. As a result, in 2008, Omega-Man was born.
Omega-Man is a character born as a comic book hero, arriving from a distant planet whose mission is “to promote positive choices and move the student’s hearts and minds to contemplate positive change and new direction for their lives.” Posing by day as an ordinary guidance counselor, Omega-Man works through comic books, inspirational posters and school assemblies to help stop the evil Deceptor, whose character represents bullies and negative influences such as drugs, smoking, lying, and other negative behaviors. Whether addressing students in schools locally and across the country, Omega-Man’s message is the same. “The word, and symbol, (omega) represents the end or the final,” said Marc.
“Omega-Man is speaking a final message that can change their lives for the better - the choices you make today determine your tomorrow, and those Dream-Maker or Dream-Breaker choices and the power of those choices are up to you.”
Today, Omega-Man spends the school year traveling the country, sharing his personal message of overcoming adversity and the benefits of being a “Dream-Maker” and not a “Dream-Breaker”. Years of dedication in working out brought him great physical well-being; Many kids have personally written Omega-Man a thank you for the program and detail how it has affected them personally. One such letter states, “Thanks to you, I now feel confident in myself. Now I know why I was being so hard on my little brother. It was because people were so hard on me. Thank you for letting me experience that. You changed my life forever…My favorite part was when you talked about advice and bad things in a passionate way. You opened up my heart…you look like a superhero and…people look up to you as you being the right choice and the Dream-Breaker being the worst choice.” The letter is signed, “Your biggest fan.” Children really say it best, don’t they?
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