“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” —Lily Tomlin

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The Unexpected Ways Surfing is Helping Youth Heal

35 minutes

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By Samantha Burns

Life is tough, but it's a whole lot easier when we're around people who share similar experiences in a no pressure environment. Waves for Change is one of the organizations out there harnessing the power of sport and play to create environments where children are able to open up and heal!
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Guerrilla Gardener Takes on South Central LA

15 minutes

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By Dr. Lynda

Meet Ron Finley; an amazing fellow who's come up with a better idea than battling over turf. How about using "turf" in a very old way! Take a look!
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Why Would One Man Fill 600 Potholes?

5 minutes

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By Samantha Burns

Now here's an inspiring story of turning a personal loss into wonderful progress for all! Thousands of people die every year just because of the potholes littering India's roads. And after his own son lost his life, this father became the change the country needs. Just check out the impact he's having...
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Building Futures One Plié at a Time

25 minutes

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By Samantha Burns

In a place where violence reigns, girls are finding refuge in a surprising way—and it's all thanks to one amazing woman.
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A Sanctuary for Costa Rica’s Strays

10 minutes

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By Samantha Burns

Territorio de Zaguates is providing care to nearly a thousand dogs that have been taken off the streets of Costa Rica. Their story is a testament to the impact the love and determination of one person can have on others.
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Living Beyond Expectations: Daniel Kish

15 minutes

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By Dr. Lynda

Despite not having eyes, Daniel Kish has taught himself to "see" with a human "eco-location" and he is teaching others. His story is a remarkable testament to what happens when we never get the memo about things that are "impossible" and instead make what we have work for us!
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How Cecilia Chiang Changed Food in America

9 minutes

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By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

If you’ve ever enjoyed Chinese food in the United States, like potstickers and Peking duck, then we’d like to introduce you to Cecilia Chiang. She's the "Julia Child" of Chinese cuisine, and the story of how she changed the way Americans eat is as remarkable as her influence!
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Old Cellphones: The Key to Stopping Climate Change

13 minutes

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By Dr. Lynda

Deforestation causes more emissions than all of the cars and trucks on our planet combined, so what can we do to stop it? Could the unlikely hero in this story be the old cell phone tucked away in your junk drawer? It is! Read on and you'll see problem-solving at its best!
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Our Plastic Waste Problem: It’s Not About Perfection

18 minutes

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By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

We all know that plastic waste is a huge problem, but what are we supposed to do about it? Turns out there's a lot we can do with just a few little changes!
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