No Age Limit on Service: How One Young Person Is Proving Youth “Cancerve”

It can be hard to tell an eager young person that they’re too young for something. There are some things that just have to wait, though, until adulthood: driving, staying out as late as you like, getting your own credit card. But how about giving back to your community? Can you be too young to…

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Poetic Justice: Giving Incarcerated Women Hope and a Voice

I think many of us have suspected all along that English teachers change the world. You often meet people in that profession who have a certain passion for making a difference in the lives of their students. Sometimes, though, you meet one who really goes above and beyond the call of duty. Ellen Stackable, co-founder…

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Supporting the Girls: How One Nonprofit Is Giving Women What They Need

Imagine having to live on the streets or in a shelter because of your economic circumstances, or having to flee your home because of violence or a natural disaster. It’s hard to wrap your head around something of that magnitude, isn’t it? But it might be even harder to imagine what your actual day-to-day life…

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“Showing Up” for Young People: How One Nonprofit is Choosing Guitars Over Guns

Some kids get to live their dreams. Some, well, they fall through the cracks. Some have access to programs that challenge them and bring out the best in them, while some look around and see nothing but low expectations and indifference, or worse. Dr. Chad Bernstein, founder of Guitars Over Guns, may have been one…

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Breaking Bread and Building Bridges: How One Organization Is Changing Lives and Minds

Jin-Ya Huang might have the secret to building both a successful business and a nonprofit organization that has lasting, tangible effects on people’s lives. Her unique catering company, Break Bread, Break Borders is building bridges between diverse communities and giving a leg up to the most vulnerable among us. Her business model? She employs women…

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Superbands: How Supporting Mental Health Can Be Music to Your Ears

Trends in music come and go, but some things never change. Kids will always find ways to be cruel to each other, it will always be tough to be a teenager, and music will always have the power to heal and bring us together. Jessica Villa Sikora, founder of the nonprofit and online community Superbands,…

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Who Do You Run 4?: How One Facebook Group Is Inspiring Thousands

It’s easy to take what you have for granted, it’s easy to opt out of putting in the work to take care of ourselves, it’s easy to look at other people and not see them for everything that they are. Tim Boyle, founder of I Run 4, has been pushing against all of these instincts…

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How Do We Change the Culture of Violence? Put Mothers in Charge

When tragedy strikes, we are often faced with two choices. We can give up, or we can emerge stronger. In some cases, like that of Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of the Philadelphia-based organization Mothers in Charge, having something terrible happen to us can lead us to do great things. For Dr. Johnson-Speight, an unthinkable personal…

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Conbody: Change Your Body, Shape Their Future

Those of us who are suckers for a crazy, sweaty workout know the meaning of motivation. So do those of us who have ever been moved to support a worthy cause or work in some way for social justice. It’s that sense of taking one small step (or burpee!) towards being better than the day…

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We Got Us Now: Giving a Voice to the Silent 10 Million

According to Ebony Underwood, founder and CEO of the organization We Got Us Now, there is an “invisible population” that is being traumatized by the prison system in the United States. She’s not referring to the nearly 2.3 million people who are currently incarcerated, she's talking about their children, and the children of formerly incarcerated…

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A Movement of Doers: How One Nonprofit Is Tackling Homelessness

Most recently, if you’d gone looking for Terence Lester, you’d have found him on the streets of Atlanta, setting up portable hand washing stations. These sinks, which are sanitized and refilled each day, are meant to help the city’s homeless population keep their hands clean, something most of us take for granted. "Recognizing those experiencing…

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The Kids Are Alright: How Two Teenagers Are Rocking the Nonprofit World

They’re focused and driven; they’ve been featured on the news and they’ve won the President’s Volunteer Service Award. And they’re not even old enough to vote. Twins That Did Good [caption id="attachment_4934" align="alignright" width="269"] At the age of four, they used the money in their piggy banks to buy Christmas presents for children in need.[/caption]…

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Good People Doing Good: How One Small Nonprofit Is Spreading the Love

Have you ever gotten the feeling that there isn’t much good left in the world? Or that there’s nothing you can do to make a difference and you don’t have enough to offer? Well, Adam Theroux, founder of Good People Doing Good, is here to show you how big a small idea filled with goodness…

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