The skies were dark and the rain was already falling, but Dillon Eisman was undaunted as he stood on the corner with his rack of clothes.
A young woman, wearing nothing but a tank top dress, came…up to him. When he offered her one of his handmade jackets, she burst into tears. As Dillon recalls, “She said it had been six months since she had a jacket. It was really heartbreaking. And yet really wonderful. Something so simple as a jacket.” Thanks to Dillon’s organization, Sew Swag, Inc., something as simple… >> Read More
Peyton Klein admits she made a mistake: She assumed that, since the girl next to her in class wore a hijab and was very quiet, she didn’t speak English.
“Something was missing,” Peyton says.…“I was politically active. I campaigned and knocked on doors. I believed in equality and inclusion. But I wasn’t actually living it.” The girl’s name was Khwala, and once Peyton introduced herself, she shared her story about coming to the U.S. as a refugee. Soon the two sophomores became great friends and inspirations to each… >> Read More
The instructions were simple but terrifying.
Madeline Salvatierra was told to purposefully capsize her canoe in the middle of a lake, then somehow get herself back to shore. There were…lifeguards, of course, and camp counselors cheering her on. But Madeline, who was 9 at the time, didn’t know how she could do this all by herself. Until she did. “Camp is a magical place,” she says. The confidence and courage that summer camp gave to Madeline still inspire her today. That is why she’s… >> Read More
Emilia Peters, 17, thinks in colors, textures, and patterns. As she says, “art has always given me such a respite and I wanted to share that with others.”
Growing up near Los Angeles, Emilia…frequently saw a lot of homeless children, and she wondered if they could find that same sense of calm and escape in art. So she and her friend, Kyra Kraft, developed KEM Creative Studios, an organization that brings free art classes to children in transitional housing and underserved communities. In the past four years, KEM… >> Read More
There are over 2,000 women in the world today who are alive thanks, in part, to Lena Goldstein. Lena, who grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, was just 16 when her family took a yearlong medical service…trip to South America and Southeast Asia. Her family worked with nine different NGO's (non-governmental organizations) in Ecuador, Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Lena saw firsthand the need for better healthcare in developing nations. Inspired, she started a project of her own, "Improved Cervical Cancer Screening in Developing Nations," and partnered with non-profit organizations in… >> Read More