At 2 1/2 years old, Shaina Schwartz and her Mom went to see the Nutcracker. Even though this was the first time she had ever seen any kind of a dance performance, as soon as it was over she excitedly said, "Mommy, that's what I want to do!"
Do you remember your first love? Unless you are still with them, it most likely ended in heartache. One couple knows this feeling all too well.
When they were together at Occidental College in 1961, Janice and Prentiss fell in love. It all happened fast but they knew they wanted to be together forever. They got engaged and wanted to be married! But Janice's father had other plans. He forbid the two from seeing each other and threatened to cut off her tuition. There, in college, they ended their relationship. They both went on to live their lives separately. Though they never lost the love for each other, they both married other people. But fate wouldn't let those relationships last.
Young people are deeply plugged into their immediate surroundings and they are quick to recognize ongoing problems in their local community. What can be challenging is amplifying and transforming that awareness into meaningful effort that makes a difference. 18-year-old Joshua Williams is that catalyst for action in his Miami Beach neighborhood and his Joshua's Heart Foundation is making significant inroads into addressing the poverty and hunger that he sees every day.
"Every single person feels a sense of exclusion throughout their life."
Even as a kid, this observation struck Netta Jenkins as a universal truth. As the newly elected president of her freshman class in Johnston High School in Rhode Island, she knew she had found a core emotional theme that any student could relate to. Netta then rallied students and teachers to discuss and address their feelings of exclusion, and together they were able to make meaningful changes in the day to day life at their school.
Sometimes life can be completely random - the most important choices, made in a moment, that set your direction for decades, are decided by chance. So it was for Dr. Vince Patton who, as a teenager, dead set on a path for his future, ended up on a new course that led him to become the first African American Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
Wedding bells are ringing! In this very personal episode of Beauty Redefined, we join Tami Bears and Josh Varozza at Hagen Ranch, in Plattsville, California, as their families gather to celebrate the joining of this unique couple and the start of their lives as husband and wife.
Tami was the photographer and Josh was the subject of an offbeat calendar of light-hearted photos that struck a chord with people across the country. Josh, a big guy with tattoos and an incomparable beard, struck "seductive" poses for the camera clad in patriotic attire and this series of "dudeoir shots" quickly went viral. Josh became a role model for people struggling to love themselves and Tami became much more than just a friend...they fell in love and got engaged!
Sonali Ranaweera was a young girl when her parents gave her $100 and told her, "Use it to make a difference." At this time, she was learning about the economics of recycling in her school science class in San Jose, California and the pieces of an idea began to fall into place. Sonali decided to use her $100 to launch Recycling4Smiles, a recycling-focused charity organization that would allocate the money collected for bottles and cans to a worthy cause.
The only good part of a hospital stay is the end of it – the moment you go through the doors and know you are heading home. As stressful as this can be for an adult, it is exponentially worse for a young child. Ella Casano was one of those kids suddenly plucked out of normal life by an unpronounceable diagnosis and thrust into a daily routine of painful treatment, fear-stricken parents and the prospect of long periods away from home. Though she was really scared, she saw her situation from a kid's "how do I beat this" perspective and envisioned something that could make the experience just a little bit easier for herself and others like her.