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Olympia Auset featured in Forbes

This 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Founded SÜPRMARKT To Address The Food Desert in South LA, July 2017

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“As a South LA native and practicing vegan, 26-year-old Olympia Auset had a difficult time finding organic groceries that fit her diet’s requirements. With approximately 1.3 million people living in South LA, there are only 60 grocery stores across the region. These numbers represent a “food desert,” where healthy food is scarce and preventable disease rates are higher, disproportionally impacting the African American community, shares Auset. This is why Auset founded SÜPRMARKT, a pop-up organic grocery store and subscription service, to serve the local community of South LA. 

Read the article, This 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Founded SÜPRMARKT To Address The Food Desert in South LA, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Delaney Cullen featured in All Cute All The Time

Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, July 2017

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“Delaney Cullen’s parents say she had always been an Earth angel. She always chose to be outdoors rather than in the house watching T.V. or playing with toys. She learned many of her basic skills such as counting, shapes, and colors by observing plants and nature all around her. This was very exciting for Delaney’s dad, who had a background in Environmental Education. Delaney was an inquisitive child and at a young age began asking lots of questions about how plants grow and the different characteristics of animals. Delaney was full of curiosity and wonder about the world around her!”

Read the article, Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, here.

Learn more about Delaney Cullen’s project, The Little Garden That Grew, here.

Biraj Shrestha featured in Online Khabar, Nepal

Why do we need to save frogs?, July 2017

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“Monsoon brings with it puddles, umbrellas and rain boots. It also welcomes the songs of frogs. Frogs usually do not come up in middle of a conversation when we discuss animal conservation, but these amphibians have some impressive traits that need to be acknowledged. Similarly, once you know the ecological significance of frogs, you will understand that like any other species, frogs are also in dire need of conservation. In my quest to get a more in-depth insight into the lives of frogs, I met one such individual who has dedicated his life to protecting these marvels of nature. Biraj Shrestha is a batrachologist (one who studies amphibians). “

Read the article, Why do we need to save frogs?, here.

Learn more about Biraj Shrestha’s project, Save The Frogs Of Manaslu Conservation Area, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Blavity

blavityThis Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, July 2017

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“Healthy, conscious eating should be a choice, not a privilege.  Entrepreneur Olympia Auset recognized this and took action. In LA, the second most vegan-friendly city in the US according to PETA, fresh, quality produce is still unavailable to many communities in the south-central region. A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that 4 out of 10 low-income adults in LA County are food insecure. Less than 20 percent of adults eat fruits and vegetables daily and more than 50 percent of children eat fast food at least once a week, according to the LA County Department of Public Health. As a response to the underwhelming number of quality grocery stores in the area Auset created an alternative to drive-thrus and local mini-markets with limited options. 

Read the article, This Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Harriet Kamashanyu featured in News Deeply

Video: Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, July 2017

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“THERE ARE THOUGHT to be tens of thousands of sex workers in Uganda, many of whom live and work in the slums. Many young daughters are forced to follow their mothers into the profession in order to help support their families, but one charity is trying to break this cycle by offering scholarships to the daughters of sex workers which keeps them in school.

Read the article and watch the video, Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, here.

Learn more about Harriet Kamashanyu’s project, Rhythm of Life, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in News2read

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in Sepe GR, Greece

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Jessica Candela featured in ChicoER.com

Youth council inspiring homeless teens, young adults, July 2017

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“While it might not have been her roof, at least there was always one over her head. Hailey Sherman, 22, said she knew she had it bad when she was growing up — her mother and she moved from place to place, often crashing at friends’ houses or renting a home or apartment for one month at a time before getting kicked out. It wasn’t until recently she realized she was technically homeless for much of her young life.

Read the article, Youth council inspiring homeless teens, young adults, here.

Learn more about Jessica Candela’s project, Butte County Youth Advisory Council, here.

Centreville Elementary School featured in National Wildlife Federation

Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, June 2017

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“Eco-Schools USA engages school communities from coast to coast and from cities to rural communities in creating and implementing healthy solutions for sustainable education. In recognition of the incredible efforts for wildlife protection, sustainability, and environmental education across the nation, National Wildlife Federation is recognizing America’s Top 10 Eco-Schools… Centreville Elementary has earned not one but two Green Flags, showing dedication to multiple facets of sustainable environmental education. Since its work with Eco-Schools USA has commenced, the school has reduced its energy use by 20 percent and has expanded its outdoor learning classrooms that are now home to a wide variety of life: praying mantises, ladybugs, bees, spiders and butterflies, goldfinches and bluebirds.

Read the whole article, Top 10 Eco-Schools, Centreville Elementary, Centreville, Virginia, here.

Learn more about Centreville Elementary School’s project, Farmer’s Market, here.

Sebouh Bazikian featured in Los Angeles Times

Foster youth gifted bicycles thanks to brothers’ charitable efforts, June 2017

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A nonprofit run by two brothers has delivered more than 250 bicycles to orphans across the globe and on Wednesday brought their efforts home with the donation of bikes, helmets and locks to 17 local foster youth. Bikes 4 Orphans, created by brothers Shawnt and Sebouh Bazikian while attending St. Francis High School in 2012, was founded on the wish to raise enough money to purchase and deliver new bicycles to orphans in six different countries, including Kenya and Armenia. When a supporting member associated with the All Saint’s Church Foster Care Project in Pasadena suggested the brothers direct their work toward American foster youth — who often struggle with basic transportation daily — Shawnt Bazikian said he had to act. “

Read the article, Foster youth gifted bicycles thanks to brothers’ charitable efforts, here.

Learn more about Sebouh Bazikian’s project, Bikes 4 Orphans, here.

Adam Rubin featured in Forbes

How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, June 2017

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“Type “how to find your passion” into Google and you’ll get 29.9 million results in .9 seconds. I’d argue “find your passion” is one of the most talked about yet most misunderstood terms out there. It’s constantly thrown around as a buzz phrase and it’s on the cover of countless self-help books, yet the search for passion never seems to end. Pursuing your passion terrifies most people. It’s the proverbial fork in the road between following a dream or being “realistic.” However, science tells us that having a passion can increase our overall satisfaction with life, making us happier and less stressful people. So why is passion so elusive? I asked one cofounder who seems to have the passion predicament sorted. He travels the world empowering disadvantaged youth with the tools to reach their full potential.”

Read the whole article, How To Find Your Passion: 7 Steps You Can Take Today, here.

Learn more about Adam Rubin’s project, RENEW, here.

Molly Beth Rice featured in Journal Star

Journal StarCommunity garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria, June 2017

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” Recently, Molly Rice’s backyard has become the site of a lot of dirt dumping, watermelon planting and tie-dying parties. She and her family are starting a community garden at 1116 and 1118 NE Glendale Ave., and they’ve invited the whole neighborhood to help. Rice said the inspiration to start a garden came after the house next door became the site of two drive-by shootings and arson in June 2016. “They got in a gang fight with the wrong gang for this neighborhood,” Rice said of the house’s previous owner. “I got all the kids up and had them sleep on the floor (the night of the shootings).” After that, Rice’s daughter wanted to make a “peace garden” to bring some happiness back to the North Valley. The Rice family decided to acquire the lot that was the site of the shootings and the arson, as well as two more lots, and has since planted a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.”

Read the whole article, Community garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria, here.

Learn more about Molly Beth Rice’s project, Good Soil for the Peoria North End Urban Garden, here.

Priscilla Umutashya Ruzibuka featured in The Afrikan Legacy

Meet… PRISCILLA RUZIBUKA, June 2017

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“Priscilla  Ruzibuka is the 26 year old Rwandan Information Systems Engineer behind the children’s clothing brand Ki-pepeo. This young entrepreneur decided to leave her job in the private sector to start her own business. With the Ki-pepo brand,  she is transforming and empowering women in Rwanda by giving them a place to grow, earn and support their families while making kids look fabulous.

Read the article, Meet… PRISCILLA RUZIBUKA, here.

Learn more about Priscilla Umutashya Ruzibuka’s project, Ki-pepeo kids clothing, here.

Steve Barr featured in Philanthropy Journal News

Philanthropy_Journal_logoUsing Art and Humor to Heal, June 2017

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” Pediatric patients often feel overwhelmed by the strict daily regimens they go through as they battle challenging medical conditions. This can result in these children feeling they have no control over their circumstances and very little joy in their day to day life. Drawn to Help, a national nonprofit based out of Columbus, North Carolina, was created to give these children a feeling of more control and help them find a creative escape from their daily battles, allowing them to laugh and heal along the way. A few years ago, cartoonist Steve Barr was devastated when a close friend’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia. Throughout her son’s treatment, the friend saw the impact art programs had on children in treatment facilities. She suggested that Barr develop similar programs, sharing his love of cartooning with children in hospitals. Steve began Drawn to Help after a few visits to local hospitals. Through word-of-mouth, the cartoon drawing classes spread rapidly. Within the first two years, the program reached multiple hospitals and camps for children fighting challenging diseases. The organization’s volunteers now include such comic and comic book artists as: Al Bigley (DC/Marvel), Tom Bancroft (Disney), Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy,” “The Muppets,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Greg Cravens (Creator of “The Buckets” comic strip).”

Read the whole article, Using Art and Humor to Heal, here.

Learn more about Steve Barr’s project, Cartoon Classes for pediatric patients, here.

Umra Omar featired in Rural Reporters, Nigeria

Safari Doctors: No Saviour Mentality, June 2017

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“Umra Omar is the founder of Safari Doctors, an organisation amplifying an innovative healthcare model in underserved and hard-to-reach rural communities in Kenya. Lamu is a remote rural in the eastern coast of Kenya. The archipelago landscapes of the area make accessibility an expensive venture. A boat trip from one end of Lamu to another cost as much as $300, making easy access to healthcare and other social amenities sometimes unrealistic.

Read the article, Safari Doctors: No Saviour Mentality, here.

Learn more about Umra Omar’s project, Safari Doctors, here.

Doniece Sandoval featured on CNN

CNN logoWhere the homeless can board a bus to take a warm shower, June 2017

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” Five years ago, Doniece Sandoval gained a new perspective on San Francisco’s immense problem of homelessness. It happened in her own neighborhood. “There were three elderly gentlemen, all in their 80s, who we watched, one by one, get evicted,” she said. “They began to live in their cars, had their cars repossessed, and ended up on the street.” As the Bay Area bounced back from the economic recession, Sandoval saw rents skyrocket. Diverse areas in and around San Francisco became gentrified, trendy — and pricey. And as tech companies and other businesses moved in, lower-income residents were forced out. Sandoval saw more and more people living and sleeping on the streets. And all of them, she said, were struggling with hygiene. When she learned there were fewer than 20 shower stalls and toilets for thousands of homeless individuals, she was shocked.”

Read the whole article, Where the homeless can board a bus to take a warm shower, here.

Learn more about Doniece Sandoval’s project, Lava Mae, here.

Thomas Ponce featured in Daily Good

Daily GoodThomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings, May 2017

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” Thomas Ponce is a 16-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida. He is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley’s Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. A vegetarian at age of 4, he began writing about animal rights at the age of 5. Soon after, Thomas’s parents realized that his advocacy for animals was not a phase, but a way of life. “I feel that it is our responsibility as both citizens and human beings to use our minds, hearts and voices to speak up against the injustices we see in the world,” explains Thomas. What follows is an edited version of an Awakin Call interview with Thomas. You can read or listen to the full version of the interview here. At the time of this interview Thomas was 14-years-old.”

Read the whole article, Thomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings, here.

Learn more about Thomas Ponce’s project, Lobby for Animals, here.

Cianne Tima Jones featured in We News

Teen to Headmaster: Girls Need Their Own Textbooks, May 2017

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“When I was 11 years old, my school days were hard like rocks because even if it rained cats and dogs I had to leave very early for school to be there for 7 a.m. Hunger and canes were my daily friends. We were hit with sticks for many different reasons: for being late, for not wearing the right socks, for dirty uniforms, for not finishing work. When we came late, we were told by our beloved teachers that “latecomers eat bones.” We were also hit for not putting on the proper school uniform at the school campus. Our teachers used to tell us that “You are caned because we want you to improve your academic performance.” I also had to run barefoot the 20 kilometers (more the 12 miles) to and from school since my parents are poor like church mice and couldn’t afford shoes. This isn’t unusual in Uganda.”

Read the article, Teen to Headmaster: Girls Need Their Own Textbooks, here.

Learn more about Cianne Tima Jones’s project, Teen Voices Uganda!, here.

Kantimahanti Murthy featured in The Times of India

The Times of IndiaI aim to conserve wildlife of the Eastern Ghats: Kantimahanti Murthy, May 2017

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” VISAKHAPATNAM: At a time when there’s an urgent need to conserve the environment and biodiversity from becoming extinct due to undue human intervention, a young wildlife conservationist from Vizag is tirelessly working towards conservation and protection of endangered wildlife in the Eastern Ghats through a community-based approach. He has also designed wildlife interpretation centres in several sanctuaries, zoos and national parks.”

Read the whole article, I aim to conserve wildlife of the Eastern Ghats: Kantimahanti Murthy, here.

Learn more about Kantimahanti Murthy’s project, Community-based Conservation of King Cobras in Eastern Ghats of South India, here.

Trish Schappell featured in Click2Huoston

Reading rooms provide kids with new opportunities, May 2017

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” This is the story of The Kids Reading Room. It’s a magical place filled with books for some of our area’s kids who need them the most. The hero of our story is Trish Schappell.  By day she is a middle school counselor in Spring-Branch Independent School District, but when school ends she become a Kids Reading Room volunteer,  executive director, and founder.  “This is what I feel I was put here for,” Trish Schappell said.  She started the program 3 1/2 years ago after hearing some troubling news. “Children are not graduating, kids have difficulty reading, literacy may not be the most important thing at home because their parents are working full time,” Schappell said.  “I decided just to go to an apartment community and see if I could create a library.” It proved to be a success. Soon after she had five locations and kids like Denzel Garcia started coming in.”

Read the whole article, Reading rooms provide kids with new opportunities, here.

Learn more about Trish Schappell’s project, The Kids’ Reading Room, here.

Lindy Wafula featured in African leadership Magazine, Nigeria

Celd Fetes Outstanding African Women in Durban, May 2017

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“t was a celebration of Africa’s finest women achievers, as the continent’s women of power and influence converged at the Coastlands Musgrave Hotel, Durban, South Africa on the evening of the 04th May 2017 for the annual African Women Leadership Summit 2017. Organized by the Centre for Economic & Leadership Development (CELD), in collaboration with the African Leadership Magazine Group, with support from the South-African based firm, Training Excellence led by the CEO Hawa Charfaray; the summit recognized some of the continent’s finest women who have over the years blazed the trail in accomplishments, through hard-work and resilience.

Read the whole article, Celd Fetes Outstanding African Women in Durban, here.

Learn more about Lindy Wafula’s project, Leading Ladies Club, here.

Mark Devries featured in Democracy Now

democracy_nowNorth Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back, May 2017

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” In eastern North Carolina, residents are battling with one of the state’s largest industries: hog farms. Last week, North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 467, which limits the damages that residents could collect against hog farms. The billion-dollar industry is primarily clustered in the eastern part of the state, where hog farms collect billions of gallons of untreated pig feces and urine in what are essentially cesspools, then dispose of the waste by spraying it into the air. Residents living in the area of the spray complain of adverse health effects and odor so bad that it limits their ability to be outdoors. For more, we speak with Naeema Muhammad, organizing co-director for the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, and Will Hendrick, staff attorney with the Waterkeeper Alliance and manager of the organization’s North Carolina Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign.”

Read the whole article, North Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back, here.

Learn more about Mark Devries’s project, Citizen Drone Project, here.

Amy Bramlet featured in The Sentinel Record

Hot Springs Middle and High School present spring benefit concert, April 2017

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“The Hot Springs Middle and High School Dance Program recently presented its spring benefit concert, Dance for Humanity, on April 13. With each dance, social issues such as racism, hate and violence were addressed while inspiring a world of peace, equality and light. The show included 150 HSMS/HSHS student dancers, 15 elementary workshop students in grades K-6, six HSMS dancing teachers, 20 iCan Dancers and their partners, the Little Rock Professional Company, 12 student crew members, and the 13 students of the Hot Springs Dance Troupe. “

Read the whole article, Hot Springs Middle and High School present spring benefit concert, here.

Learn more about Amy Bramlett’s project, HSMS and HSHS Dance Program, here.

Brian K. Broadway featured on ClickOrlando.com

Restored travel trailers provide sanctuary for homeless families with children, April 2017

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“Brian Broadway, the director of Find, Feed & Restore, is this week’s Getting Results Award winner.  Broadway and a team of volunteers restore donated travel trailers and turn them into temporary housing for homeless families with children. News 6 caught up with Broadway as he was cleaning and repairing a 30-foot Cherokee travel trailer at the Ridgecrest RV Resort in Leesburg. The trailer had a roof leak and needed flooring repair.  “One small leak can cause major damage,” he said and pointed out the rotten wood found in the trailer. Broadway has experience with RVs, he was a dealership manager years ago. “A trailer like this can last for the next 10 to 15 years,” he said.  “We can put 30 families in this trailer in the next 10 to 15 years and bring them from homeless to hopeful.” Broadway said he has a list of at least 25 families with kids waiting for an opportunity to get off the streets. “

Read the whole article and watch the video, Restored travel trailers provide sanctuary for homeless families with children, here.

Learn more about Brian K. Broadway’s project, Find, Feed & Restore, here.

Cianne Tima Jones featured in GirlTalkHQ

Our New ‘Teen Voices’ Series: Girls In Uganda Learning Leadership Skills Through Education, April 2017

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“We’re excited to launch a new mini-series on GTHQ! We’re partnering with a non-profit organization called Women In Leadership, based out of Uganda, to help promote one of their initiatives. In the Teen Voices Program, they encourage high school girls in the rural town of Busembatia to write article about their lives, and the challenges they face as females in a largely patriarchal society. These stories are then published online, reaching an international audience.

Read the article, Our New ‘Teen Voices’ Series: Girls In Uganda Learning Leadership Skills Through Education, here.

Learn more about Cianne Tima Jones’s project, Teen Voices Uganda!, here.

Laura Edwards feautured in The Independent, UK

independent_uk_logoTeen Vegan Network: what it’s like to swear off meat and dairy before you’re 20, March 2017

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“Being a teenager is tough. The struggle to fit in, feel comfortable in a morphing body, and cope with seesawing emotions is something that we can all relate to. And for vegan teenagers, who are sticking their necks above an additional parapet, surely the world must be a lonely place? But as rates of veganism climb upwards, it’s young people that are leading the way. In the decade since 2006, there was a 350 per cent spike in the number of people who identified as vegan. And almost half of vegans are aged between 15 to 34. Meanwhile, food-friendly platforms like Instagram and fellow devotees in celebrities from Ariana Grande to Beyonce make committing to a plant-based diet less niche. “

Read the whole article, Teen Vegan Network: what it’s like to swear off meat and dairy before you’re 20, here.

Learn more about Laura Edwards’s project, Teen VGN, VGN Summer Camp, here.

Carol-Ann Nelson featured on KTVZ news

Destination Rehab holds painting, posture class, March 2017

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“Unusual combination helps progress on recovery”

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Learn more about Carol-Ann Nelson’s project, Adventure Based Rehab, here.

Carol-Ann Nelson featured in PT IN MOTION magazine

Unlimited Adventure, March 2017

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“They were 3 individuals who were very different from one another, but who cumulatively have had a major impact on my life and those of others. One was a woman in her 30s who lived with her parents because a brain injury prevented her from living independently. The second was a teenage boy whose life had been forever altered by a gunshot to the neck that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. The third was an older gentleman with an Irish accent whose Parkinson disease (PD) resulted in frequent falls and stooped posture.”

Read the whole article, Unlimited Adventure, here.

Learn more about Carol-Ann Nelson’s project, Adventure Based Rehab, here.

Hannah Testa featured in Mind Body Green

Mind Body GreenYoungest Environmentalist Ever? How This 14-Year Old Is Changing The Planet, February 2017

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“Tomorrow, visitors will gather in the Georgia State Capitol building to celebrate the first annual Plastic Pollution Awareness Day—an occasion that will encourage people to cut down on plastic consumption. Artists, speakers, and environmentalists will speak out about the importance of low-impact living as February 15 is officially declared a state holiday the Senate floor. The day will culminate in a presentation by the impassioned activist who made it all happen—an eighth grader named Hannah Testa.

Read the whole article, Youngest Environmentalist Ever? How This 14-Year Old Is Changing The Planet, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.

Hannah Testa featured on WALB News 10

14-year-old girl leads plastic pollution statewide efforts, February 2017

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“A 14-year-old girl is leading state efforts to stop plastic pollution.  A Cumming native, Hannah Testa said she first saw how much of a problem plastic pollution is when she watched a Netflix documentary with her mom.  She said plastic doesn’t biodegrade like many other items we use in our everyday lives.  Instead, it photo-degrades, breaking down into small pieces but never disappearing.  She said the small pieces become very toxic and are often eaten by fish, which gets back into our food chain. ”

Read the whole article and watch the video, 14-year-old girl leads plastic pollution statewide efforts, here.

Learn more about Hannah Testa’s project, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach, here.