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."
When Alina Morse was seven years old, she went to the bank with her dad and the teller offered her a lollipop. While she really wanted to accept, her parents always told her that candy was terrible for her teeth.
So she asked her dad, "Why can't we make a lollipop that's actually good for your teeth?" In that moment the idea for Zollipops® was born!
"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."
This poignant line from Shakespeare's Hamlet perfectly captures the inner desires of this group of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, and technicians, mostly from Harlem, who are reaching for their dreams of being a part of the production of classical and contemporary works.
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.
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 !
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.