Black Girl Geek Magic - She's Blazing The Trail For All Like Her

Her family's love of good stories, whether they were comics, anime, video games or even the Harry Potter Books, were all a key part of shaping the "geek" in Jamila Rowser's personality while traveling the world as a military brat with her Air Force mother.

That mix of creativity and imagination that often makes it difficult to fit into new situations was the spark for her popular Girl Gone Geek blog, the root from which all of her other creations have sprouted. "I wanted to write about something I was really passionate about, which was geek culture," Jamila shares. "That one is always going to hold a special place in my heart."

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College Students and Seniors Live And Thrive Together

It takes some creativity to build a vibrant, thriving senior community. Judson Manor in Cleveland, Ohio did some out of the box thinking by partnering with the Cleveland Institute of Music on an idea that has won rave reviews from both the local residents and the students that are participating.

The young musicians from the institute are invited to stay there, for free, in return for companionship. These two generations bond over music, long talks and meals. This intergenerational program benefits the lives of everyone involved.

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Young Brothers Start Sock Company With A Purpose

When 2 young Miami Florida kids with a love for designing funny and colorful socks apply their enthusiasm to a cause, amazing things happen! Brandon and Sebastian Martinez, started their sock company in 2014 to help raise funds and awareness for local and national charities such as Stand Up To Cancer and Autism Speaks. Many of those who met them and heard their story would look at them blankly and say, "are you kidding?". Instead of being mad, they got energized, worked even harder, and then adopted this slogan as their company name… just because !

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Dance Gave Her Love, a Community, and an Identity

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!"

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Youth Starts Organization That Transforms The World

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.

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Meet Netta Jenkins! - Netta, D.I. (E1)

"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.

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African American Coast Guard Officer Proves Anything is Possible

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.
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Young Woman's Recyclables Fund Life Changing Surgeries

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.

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