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Community Heroes

A Powerful Noise
promotes the global empowerment of women

is a talented artist with an ambitious career planned, despite his physical disability.

Adam Topol
is a musician who gives back to the community.

Albert Baez
was a prominent Mexican American physicist and pacifist.

Alex Hill
helped to bring medical supplies to a Ugandan village.

Alice Baum
and her husband Don Burnes left behind their careers to help the homeless.

Alicia Cortez
is a Colombian ophthamologist who created the charity 'Giving Hope to See.'

Ana Dodson
formed Peruvian Hearts to provide Peruvian orphans an education.

Andrew E. Lieberman
works to preserve indigenous languages and cultures.

Andrew Greene Jr.
of Sierra Leone teaches the world
about peace.

Angela Brooks
is an architect who works to create sustainable and affordable housing.

Anthony Dale Leanna
donates 'Heavenly Hats' to cancer patients under treatment.

Antonio Roman-Alcala and Alemany Farm
is a gardening activist seeking a sustainable food system.

Art Miles Mural Project
uses art to create a more peaceful global community.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter
is an advocate for foster children and adoption rights.

Azie Morton
valued education and gave back to her community.

brings Shakespeare to life for South LA students.

Barbara Stuart Rabinowitsch
was a member of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt and of Ballet Pacifica.

Beau Doherty
is the president of Special Olympics Connecticut and the creator of the Unified Sports Program.

Becky Matkov
works to preserve Miami's indigenous history.

Bilaal Rajan
is the founder of Making Change Now and Canada's child ambassador to UNICEF.

Blake Mycoskie
founded TOMS Shoes to bring shoes to children who don't have them.

Bob Geldof
is known for his anti-poverty work for Africa and is a Nobel Prize nominee.

Bono (Paul Hewson)
is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.

Brandon Keefe
provides books to
libraries in his

Brian Cox
is the recreation director at South Central Park in Los Angeles who has given hope to the children and neighborhood.

Bruce Springsteen
is a musician who 'taps the full power of music to tell the real American story'.

Bruno Serato
is a chef who feeds 300 children at his restaurant every night, 7 nights a week.

Budi and Peggy Soehardi
Roslin Orphanage

provides a loving home to care for displaced and orphaned children in East Timor.

Bunker Roy
has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the rural poor in India.

Cameron Sinclair
is the founder of Architecture for Humanity, which brings services to communities in need.

Camille Zamora & Monica Yunus
are best friends who founded Sing for Hope

Canal Futura
is a Brazilian television channel which provides access to education.

Cesar Chavez
was a tireless advocate for migrant farm workers.

Chelsey Barrios
and her peers collected thousands of books to give to Read to Grow.

Chi Nguyen
was honored for helping street children in Vietnam.

Chief Wilma Mankiller
was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Child's Play
Touring Theater

performs worldwide works written by kids.

Christian Bryan Alexander Harvey
visits schools to talk about social justice and how to stop bullying.

Clara Hale
was foster mother and founder of the Hale House.

Clotilde Dedecker
provides educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan.

Colin Powell
is an honored statesman and military leader who continues to serve.

is a French humorist who created an organization to feed the poor

Connie Siskowski
follows her true passion to care for the youngest of the caregivers.

Corinne Almquist
volunteers to restore the tradition of gleaning.

Craig Kielburger
is an activist for childrens' rights and has founded 'Me to We' and 'Free the Children'.

Dana Reeve
was an actress and advocate for the disabled. She was the heroic wife of Christopher Reeve.

Dave Congdon
is a Special Olympics athlete and an inspiration to many facing barriers and difficult times.

Dave Eggers
is a writer and philanthropist who reaches out to assist students.

David Packard
was the co-founder of Hewlett Packard and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dennis Chavez
was the longest serving Hispanic U.S. Senator.

Dennis Ryan Lawrence
and Tara Ann Lawrence

funds to fight

Detective Luis Rosa
volunteers to make the lives of people with disabilities better.

Devin VanCleave
was the Ambassador for a campaign to collect toys for children's hospitals.

Diane Challis Davy
directs the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters.

Divine Bradley:Team Revolution
encourages kids to become involved in their communities and become leaders.

Doug Miller
Is an iconic artist and musician in Laguna Beach, Calfifornia.

Dr. Ed Gragert
works towards peace and global education.

Dr. Ella Mae Piper
helped young people and the elderly in her community of Fort Myers.

Dr. Felton Earls
treats communities through his work.

Dr. Fred Barnett
is a wise and compassionate pediatrician known for his caring ways.

Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy
cares for the eyes of millions of people in India.

Dr. Hawa Abdi
is a Somali doctor, human rights activist and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Larry Thomas
is the founder of the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation.

Dr. Madan Kataria
has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world.

Dr. Philip Zimbardo - Psychologist
has created the Heroic Imagination Project to foster the belief that we are all heroes in waiting.

Ed Grant
is passionate about helping others better their lives.

Efren Penaflorida
helped create Dynamic Teen Company

Elizabeth Daley
has created an outstanding multi media educational program that serves as a model for the world.

Elizabeth Glaser
created the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Ellen Lee DeGeneres
is a comedienne and advocate for disadvantaged children, animals, and cancer survivors.

Emily Pozo
created ICE to assist and educate residents of the Galapagos Islands

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
rode a bike across Ghana to challenge the stigma of being disabled.

Engineers Without Borders
are working to change the world.

integrates academic, social and physical skills, using the horse as a catalyst.

Eric Samuel
established Community Food Enterprise to reduce food poverty in East London.

Erica Fernandez
gave a voice to the voiceless and saved her neighborhood.

Erin Gruwell
is the founder of Freedom Writers and an inspiration to teachers and students around the world.

Erin Gruwell
continues to mentor and give hope to students.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
dedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert
made tremendous advancements in food safety in the American Southwest.

FACEBOOK STORIES - THE CONDITIONED a short film by Director Michael Marantz
is dedicated to sharing stories and ideas from Facebook's community.

Fambul Tok
is a community reconciliation program that means 'Family Talk'.

Favio Chavez
brings joy and hope to children through music.

FilmAid International
educates, informs and to brings hope and joy to thousands of refugees.

Frances Moore Lappe
is a passionate and pioneering thinker, world changer, and activist in many movements.

Fred Batley
gives young and aspiring actors and actresses a chance to shine.

Friends of the Sea Lion
rescue, treat, and release these mammals back into the ocean.

Funkor Child Art Center
works with many national and international organizations around the world to provide children with art and books.

Geoffrey Canada
is an educator, social activist and president of the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York.

Girls for Gender Equity, Inc.
encourages girls to live self-determined and healthy lives and to contribute to their community.

Global Kids Leaders
to help their
schools and

Global Youth Service Day
increases awareness of the contributions of youth.

Grace Lee Boggs
has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years

Greg Mortenson
persevered to build a school in a remote village in Pakistan.

Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud
is a Mexican teacher who helps his students gain filmmaking skills to make a statement about their environment.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Cleanup Team
work hard to return the Gulf to a healthy state.

Hands Up Don't Shoot Team
created by 2 young filmmakers, with support and mentorship from their high school, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet.

Hany El-Miniawy
is an Egyptian architect who uses architecture to help alleviate poverty.

Harvey Milk
was the first openly gay politician and worked to gain equal rights for the LGBT community.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni
founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Martina's Aunt Heather leaves everything to help others.

Heather DeWitt
is a devoted conservationist.

Hector Morales
teaches students to be self-sufficient environmentalists.

Herb Alpert
is a musician and artist who inspires young people to reach their potential.

Holly Carter
gives kids and others the tools to tell their stories.

Hortense Miller
created a botanical garden on her hillside property and bequeathed it to her town of Laguna Beach.

D'nA eBus Project

bring tools of expression to juvenille hall.

Internet.org Everyone of us. Everywhere. Connected.
launched to provide internet access to the two thirds of people around the world who are not connected

J.A. and Geraldine Reynolds
Founded 'Bruce's Garden' in NYC which honors Bruce, a victim of 9/11.

Jack Sim
has started a worldwide campaign for clean public toilets and better sanitation standards.

Jacob & Isaac Seigel-Boettner
film stories of how bicycles can change lives for the better.

Jacob Komar and
Computers for Communities

refurbishes computers and helps inner city residents obtain IT skills.

Jacqueline Edelberg
believes every child deserves a great neighborhood public school

Janet Miller
is a teacher who stepped up to prevent bullying of LGBT students.

Jean Vanier
has founded loving communities for the developmentally disabled and those who assist them.

Jeneece Edroff
is a determined fundraiser who raises money to help children with serious illnesses.

Jennifer Staple:
Unite for Sight

works to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness worldwide.

Jessie Christopherson
helps the physically and mentally challenged accomplish things they never thought possible.

Jim Dilley
was the founder of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt.

Jimmy Woodard
helps community groups with his knowledge of media and technology

Joe Brown
gave up
his ocean front
home and created
a park for everyone.

Johann Olav Koss: Right To Play
is a Norwegian Olympian who founded Right to Play

John Denver
was an American songwriter/singer and activist for the environment.

John Tighe
inspired his neighbor with his big heart and the way he cared for people in their community.

John Wood
founded Room to Read, which works to increase literacy and educational gender equality in developing countries.

Jon Rose
founded Waves for Water, which works on the front-line to provide clean water.

Jorge Muñoz
prepares and delivers meals to the hungry in Queens, New York.

Josee Sutton
helps girls learn to read and is a caring role model to those in her girl scout troup.

Joseph Marcel Shook Jr.
is a compassionate community leader and a hero to his son, Joseph.

Josh Vander Vies
is a determined and amazing athlete.

Josue and Chrismedonne Lajeunesse
work together to provide access to clean water for their village of La Source, Haiti.

Joze Pleenik
was an architect from Slovenia who made his community beautiful.

Julie Garner
founded Project Yellow Light to help save lives.

Karen Tse
is an attorney dedicated to ensuring basic legal rights for Asian citizens.

Kathryn Cunningham
founded the nonprofit 'Power Up Gambia' to provide solar energy to the hospitals and clinics.

Kathy Eldon
inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.

Katie Simon
founded Minga to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of young children.

Kendall Ciesemier
is an inspiring youth volunteer who founded Kids Caring 4 Kids.

Kennedy Odede
grew his childhood dream of creating outreach centers for poor children like him.

Kimmie Weeks
survived the war in Liberia and now works to rebuild communities in war-torn countries.

Kjerstin Erickson
and Forge

help refugees in Africa achieve economic self-sufficiency and empowerment through education.

L'Abbe Pierre
devoted his life to helping the poor and homeless in France.

Latino Environmental Activists
are shaping an urban agenda with smog, foul water among priorities.

Leonard Abess
is known for his generosity to others and commitment to caring for the environment.

Lisa Markham
is a passionate and committed volunteer to the Special Olympics.

Lisa Nigro
works to help the homeless in Chicago through the Inspiration Cafe.

offers technology and
creative learning
to disadvantaged Colombian youth

Luis Soriano Bohorquez
started the Biblioburro Library in the mountains of Colombia.

Lula Mae Walker
has been a foster parent to 300 kids.

Lyndon Harris: People Making a Difference
founded The Gardens of Forgiveness Project.

MacGillivray Family
founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation

Madeline Shields
is a hardworking teen who embodies the best of family and community values.

Magic Johnson
inspires others with his basketball talents and philanthropic work.

Major Moogy Sumner
is an aboriginal Ngarrindjeri elder who understands the importance of preserving and passing on his culture.

Malaria Campaign 2009
Students join together to eradicate malaria.

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal
Defense and Education Fund)

organization that defends the legal or civil rights of Mexican Americans and Latinos

Malika Sanders
was born into the Civil Rights Movement and continues work today.

Marcia Levitas
co-founded an art endeavor which raises funds for cancer research and education.

Mary Lou Naso & Harry
visit hospitals to spread smiles.

Matthew Cohen
raised $5000 for the Solar Oven Project for the people of Haiti.

Maura Welch
was recognized by NetAid for her work to spread awareness about child labor.

Maxine Waters
is a Congresswoman who works fervently for her community.

Mika Vanhanen
is the founder and director of Environment Online, a global virtual school for sustainable development.

Millard and Linda Fuller
founded Habitat for Humanity.

Mister Rogers
television host, teacher and kindly neighbor to generations of children.

MIT Open Courseware Project
makes education accessible worldwide by offering free MIT courseware online.

Mohamed Sidibay
is a youth reporter who is committed to making a difference in the world.

Molly's Film
The Story of a Young Filmmaker

is the winner of the 8th Annual MY HERO Film Festival.

Mory Sanberg
makes bag lunches for the homeless people in her city.

Mrs. Nirmala and the Eradication
of Malaria Project

are working in India to educate the public.

Nawaraj Baskota
is working to improve the education of the poorest children in Nepal.

Nick Vujicic
went from a life without limbs to a life without limits.

Nicole Dewing and
Curtis McCormack

joined the Peace Corps and started a waste recycling project in Joal, Senegal.

strives to provide technology to students in Uganda.

Our Hero
Barack Obama

instills inner city youth with confidence to get involved and make a difference.

Pam Smith-Rodden
helped turn a dream into a reality for an author and a community.

Park Won-Soon
advocates a stronger Democracy for South Korea.

Paul Cummins
has devoted his career to finding ways to provide all children equitable access to a quality education.

Paul J. Adams III
is a passionate educator who built a nationally renowned prep school for African American students.

Peace It Together
empowers youth to promote peace.

Pedal = Sight
tells how a bicycle can change a life.

Pete Carroll
is a successful coach who founded A Better LA to help gang members live a better life and plug into their communities.

Pierre Toussaint
was a former slave who was beloved for his charitable works.

Playing For Real
Reggie McBride & Mark Johnson make Peace through Music with Playing for Change-

Police Chief Richard Lamunyon
founded the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Program.

Proyecto Mural Millas de Arte (español)
usa arte para crear una comunidad global de paz

Puppies Behind Bars
benefits both inmates and dogs.

Queen Noor
passionately works for peace, human rights, and wildlife conservation.

Queen Rania of Jordan
is a crusader for the rights of women and children.

Ralf Hotchkiss
is an engineer, inventor and humanitarian, and the founder of Whirlwind Wheelchair International.

Ralph Walter Perdue
helped found the Fairbanks Native Association, advocating for local natives.

Ramani Sankaranarayanan
and Geeta Vaidyanathan

founded CTxGrEn to show villagers how to turn native materials into fuel for electricity.

Ravi Gulati
has created learning centers for children with special needs in India.

Rhonda Alvarez Licona
is the founder of Dream Catchers.

Richard Avery
is a beloved Scoutsmaster who has volunteered at home and overseas.

Richard Proudfit
founded Kids Against Hunger to feed starving children around the world.

Rick Hansen
broke boundaries and records as a disabled athlete.

Roberto Saviano
wrote a best selling book denouncing organized crime.

Robin Emmons
is an organic farmer who has created a foundation to fight hunger.

Robin Lim
devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.

Rose Marie Thomas
donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.

Rosemarie L. Poeppelman
is a foster mom and an adoptive parent who has changed the lives of many children.

Roxanne J. Coady
has a love of books that has enhanced the community and brought literature into the lives of thousands of families.

Ruth DeGolia:
Mercado Global

works to help poor communities that have seen the collapse of prices for their locally grown crops.

Sabriye Tenberken
helps to educate and better the lives of blind people living in Tibet.

Saeed Awan
developed a new carpet loom that reduces child labor in Pakistan.

Samuel Mockbee
is an architect and teacher who builds homes for the poor.

Sandra Kay Yow
is a groundbreaking women's basketball coach and founder of Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy
encourages villagers to have the confidence to succeed.

Sarah Ramirez
shows what one person can do to help the community.

a young doctor in Burma keeps his promise to his village.

Shirley Blair
helps bring education to Tibetan children from Nepal.

Simon Velez
is a prize winning architect who uses sustainable materials.

Sindhu Ravishankar
created the Vivid Vision Project to provide accessible eye care to impoverished communities in India.

Sir Elton John
is a successful musician who is also a champion of LGBT and AIDS issues.

Sister Margaret Scheetz
founded Beatitude House for homeless women and children.

Skip Blumberg
successfully campaigned against City Hall to re-open a section of historic City Hall Park in NYC.

Skye Malik
founded the Paco Project to empower those with dyslexia.

Soedati Warsito Rasman
is a motivated activist for Indonesia's needy.

Studs Terkel
The author who captured the stories of everyday people celebrates his 95th birthday.

Temple Grandin
is a professor, doctor of animal science and an autism activist.

Tendol Gyalzur
provides a home and family for Tibetan and Chinese orphans.

Teri Gabrielsen
founded a non-profit organization called Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK)

Terram Foundation
brings job growth, community involvement, and local solutions to larger environmental concerns.

Thais Corral
gives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.

The Community College Foundation eBus
brings technology to underserved communities and schools.

The Daffodil Project
through the generosity of B&K Bulbs in the Netherlands, brought hope to NYC after 9/11.

The Heifer Organization
works with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

The Train Guy
- Eric Clemons reflects on how an anonymous hero helped shape his life.

The VH1 Save the Music Foundation
is a hero to Libby for its dedication to keep music education in the public schools.

Tiffany Shlain
is Director and Founder of the Webby Awards.

Tori Degen
is a cancer survivor who helps others with MAKE A WISH Foundation

Two worlds, one classroom
School that Reaches Out to children and families from the nearby slum in India.

Tyler Russell
began a community radio station and goes out of his way to find, promote, and interview indie artists that don't get commercial recognition

Valentina Mindoljevic
is a science teacher who helped to provide aid to women and child refugees in Croatia.

Van Jones
has found an effective way of addressing environmentalism and social justice by linking both issues.

Vicky Colbert de Arboleda
is a leader in the movement to transform education in Colombia to provide equal access to all children.

Vikas Khanna
is a chef, restaurant owner, and humanitarian who uses food to bring together a global community.

Viola Vaughn
founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Visaka Dharmadasa
works to ease the horrors of war in Sri Lanka.

Vy Higginsen
brings gospel music to at risk teens.

William Henry Gates III
co-founder of Microsoft, is devoted to humanitarian causes around the world.

William Kamkwamba
designed and built a windmill, at the age of 14, for his family in Malawi, Africa.

is an internationally recognized artist and marine life conservationist.

Yo-Yo Ma
strives to bring together different cultures through music.

is a chorus of senior citizens that sings classic rock and pop songs.

Zack's Place
provides enrichment programs to special needs pre and post graduates.

Zainab Rezai
leads her community towards progress.


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