The former inmate, who lives on Chicago's South Side, helps those who've served time to find work and keep out of trouble.
Lian Pin Koh, cofounder of ConservationDrones.org, says drones can be a key part of conservation efforts, particularly in remote regions, from counting orangutans to stopping poaching.
Prep for Prep identifies promising students of color and helps prepare them for placement at top-quality independent and boarding schools.
Miley Cyrus turned the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards spotlight on the homeless youth of America. Twerking is so last year.
Raymond Burse is forfeiting a chunk of his salary at Kentucky State University to improve pay for the lowest-paid workers.
Bob Keesee kept tinkering until he got his homemade rain-catching systems right. Now they collect precious water for Haiti's rural poor.
Ice bucket challenges and similar social media-powered stunts are raising awareness and money for charitable causes.
Youths who work at Second Life Bikes for 15 hours can earn a refurbished bicycle of their own.
After successfully defeating miners, Aleta Baun is heading into the regional parliament to continue her campaign to protect the environment in western Timor, part of Indonesia.
Camp Patriot prods injured US military veterans to get out and get on with life.
18-year-old Kenyan Tom Osborn founded GreenChar, which makes clean-burning smokeless cooking charcoal from agricultural waste.
The once-remote Yanomami people have been challenged by the arrival of outsiders to their area of northern Brazil.
From starting their own food companies to donating food that would be thrown away youths are undertaking many inspiring projects.
As program director of Peace Through Development II she helps moderate Muslims in Africa become more media savvy.
His online group e-NABLE harnesses the do-it-yourself movement and 3D printers to create artificial hands for a fraction of their previous cost.
They spun their interest in an old wool mill into an unconventional business that revived a French village.
She founded the Unstoppable Foundation, which concentrates on getting girls in Africa into school and keeping them there.
Her Camellia Network provides a way for former foster kids to share their stories and connect with mentors, job training, and internship programs.
PHOG Water has developed a net, based on ancient technology, that catches water from fog.
Punk rocker Ivan Suvanjieff and his wife, economist Dawn Engle, founded PeaceJam to help Nobel Peace Prize laureates share their stories with youths around the world.