The former inmate, who lives on Chicago's South Side, helps those who've served time to find work and keep out of trouble.
Bob Keesee kept tinkering until he got his homemade rain-catching systems right. Now they collect precious water for Haiti's rural poor.
Camp Patriot prods injured US military veterans to get out and get on with life.
They spun their interest in an old wool mill into an unconventional business that revived a French village.
The conductor is on a mission to bring Estonia’s Russian- and Estonian-speakers together in the way he knows best – through song.
He crisscrosses the country speaking at colleges and on military bases, blending humor, audience participation, and how-to advice to prompt people to think through a sometimes daunting subject – dating.
Boston-based Tech Goes Home provides computer training for inner-city students, the very poor, those with disabilities, seniors, and immigrants.
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, a 540-acre reserve in Thailand, is home to elephants saved from a life of misery in the logging and tourism trades.
Her foundation wants to break the cycle of poverty by educating – from kindergarten through college – at least one child in each family.
SongwritingWith:Soldiers provides a healthy emotional outlet. The songs help others facing similar challenges and build a bridge between military service and civilian life.
She advises residents on how to obtain title to a vacant property and defends grass-roots garden projects threatened by development.
The We Women Foundation provides women in Myanmar (formerly Burma) with access to higher education. The goal: become leaders in their communities.
Breakthrough, the human rights organization she created, calls on people, particularly boys and men, to stop domestic violence wherever they see it.
Homemade biodigesters turn human and food waste into biogas, which can be used to heat water, cook food, or produce electricity.
Her Sunrise Children's Village in Cambodia helps children who are 'abused, discarded, neglected, unloved, unwanted' to grow up to be whatever they want to be.
The Peace Crane Project is an invitation to kids everywhere to write a poem or message – or draw or paint a picture – of peace. Then they fold it into an origami crane and fly it to the world.
The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.
She's chief executive of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit group that gives a leg up to budding entrepreneurs.
City Faces, started as an arts activity for St. Louis kids, now includes help with homework, library skills, basic cooking, and other classes.
Bracken, himself a former foster child, started Orange Duffel Bag to offer life coaching and other help to teens dealing with the challenges of homelessness or foster care.
His Border Network for Human Rights doesn't just point out problems but proposes solutions. It could become a national model for dealing with immigrant rights.
Rubicon Bakery, a moneymaking business owned by Andrew Stoloff, employs 105 full-time staff, some with only a sixth-grade education and many having served time in prison.
The web-based journalist is one of the few in Japan who continue to visit the region around Fukushima and give a voice to those who have been affected.
The tiny Fahamu Refugee Programme has an ambitious goal: provide lawyers and advocates around the world with the legal resources they need to win a refugee's case.
Let Girls Lead has provided training and services to more than 40,000 adolescent girls to foster a movement of global girl power.