50 in 52 Journey The Videos

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Maine

Maine

Diane Cowan

Diane Cowan

50 In 52 Journey of Diane Cowan, Executive Director of The Lobster Conservancy. Watch this video of a woman who dedicates her life to helping Lobsters and in the process helps ensure the community of fishermen in Maine have the catch they need to sustain their businesses. Sometimes community isn’t just about helping people. SPECIAL NOTE: As is sometimes the case on a project like 50 In 52 Journey, things don’t always go as planned. In this case, the regular recording equipment was unavailable. This video was shot using a small digital camera set to Video mode. Our apologies for the wind noise during the outside shots.

Gabe Finkelstein

Gabe Finkelstein

50 In 52 Journey interview of Gabe Finkelstein. From an early age Gabe loved the outdoors and when it came to learning he found that traditional schooling didn’t suit his needs. After college he founded Otolith, a new approach to learning, based on principals he learned from other progressive teachers and combined into his own style. Still in its infancy, Gabe and his founding partners are teaching others about balanced learning and striving towards their goal of providing a new style of teaching that isn’t limited by the walls of the schoolroom. Watch this video and be inspired by one man making an impact in his community and moving the country forward with new progressive ideas.

Reza Jalali

Reza Jalali

50 In 52 Journey interview of Reza Jalali. 25 years ago Mr Jalali came to the US as a Kurdish refugee to a state where there was no support system for refugees or immigrants. Now, an accomplished writer, teacher and community advocate and activist, he has spent his life in America building communities to not only support refugees and immigrants who come to Maine, but also building bridges and helping people who have fought each other in the past come to a place of acceptance. Building community, helping people is what Mr Jalali is doing and as he moves his community forward he is helping to move this country forward, as well as changing the views of many peoples around the world.

Hillel Katzir

Hillel Katzir

50 In 52 Journey interview of Rabbi Hillel Katzir. Watch this inspiring video of a man who is doing more than helping people in his Synagogue. Teaching students alongside Muslim and Christian teachers he is breaking down stereotypes and barriers. A passionate man who believes everyone has a purpose he is doing all he can to help bring peace to his community. Meet this Rabbi who is doing his part one community at a time.

Donna Loring

Donna Loring

50 In 52 Journey interview of Donna Loring, a Native American Indian who reluctantly became a state legislature but who has made history in that position. A long standing advocate of Native American Indians she continues to fight for them in Maine and is still working to find ways for them to be brought into the forefront and out of the invisibility they have lived in for years. As an Author she wrote about her time in the legislature so that future members who serve will have some instructions about what goes on and how things work. Building community both for Native American Indians as well as fellow Mainers who serve in public office Donna is moving her community and her state forward every day.

POWWR

POWWR

50 In 52 Journey interview with Eileen Hennessey, Andrea Silva, Shelly Gobeille, and Denise Carpenter of POWWR (Protect Our Water & Wildlife Resources). After finding out that a large company wanted to build a water pumping station in their town they asked their local elected officials to impose a few limits. When the answer was no they wanted a vote. When that answer was no, they decided to do something even though they had no idea what or how. Watch this video of an amazing group of people who decided to stand up for their rights, their community and generations to come.

Jan West Schrock

Jan West Schrock

50 In 52 Journey interview of Jan West Schrock. Moving your community forward can sometimes reach beyond your own picket fence. Heifer International was born out of an idea of Jan’s Father around the second world war. Now with employees around the world, watch this video of an amazing organization that believes it has the model for sustainable development which if implemented correctly could end hunger. While the company does work in the US, it has defined it’s community as a worldwide collection of communities. Maybe moving your community forward, and your state forward, and even your country forward, can reach beyond our shores and help the world move forward as well.

John Yanga

John Yanga

50 In 52 Journey interview of John Yanga. Watch this video of a Sudanese immigrant who even on his way to America was helping others by starting a school for Sudanese children in Egypt. Now in America he works virtually for free to help other immigrant farmers learn how to farm in America. Based on an education of giving he is giving back to others to move the immigrant community, the Maine community, and America forward.

Maryland

Maryland

Linda Greenberg

Linda Greenberg

50 In 52 Journey interview of Linda Greenberg. Having been brought up by parents who believed in giving back and taught her from an early age that if you have more than you need, give the rest away, Linda has continued the tradition. The Founder of Giving Back, a non-profit which helps the homeless, Linda believes that it’s not just your own community that you can help. With her love of helping animals she set out to see and help the great silverback gorillas in Uganda. While there she learned about the children of Uganda, living in poverty, working in stone quarries, and dying from Malaria. Thus she founded For Uganda and is now helping put children in boarding schools to save them from the fates of the children who have gone before them. This and so many other projects are what make Linda Greenberg an incredible example of someone who is moving community forward. Watch this video to see the true meaning of giving, of moving her community, her country and the world forward.

Sharan London

Sharan London

50 In 52 Journey interview of Sharan London, Executive Director of Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. Getting involved with the homeless almost by accident Sharan is now their biggest advocate. Watch this video and see how this passionate woman has worked her way up to the top of this organization not by ambition but by caring. Listen to the programs they have and hear through her own words how important it is that we recognize homeless while at the same time she advocates that it’s not ok to accept it. Be inspired by how this one woman and her organization are making a real difference in the lives many often overlook in their community. Watch, learn, and be inspired to move your community, your state, this country, and humanity forward.

The Mast Family

The Mast Family

50 In 52 Journey interview of Phil, Emily, Sandra, Sara, and Ariana Mast. Phil and Emily have always been people who give of themselves to community, and in Haiti where they have given so much to others who were less fortunate; so much so that they took twin girls as their own when the mother knew she could not afford to care for them. But when every parents nightmare happened a few years later back home in America they found themselves on the other side of the table needing help for their little girl. With severe burns on her chest and shoulder and 70% of the skin on her face burned off, Phil and Emily turned to a community of strangers who took them in and gave back to them by way of healing their young daughter. Watch this amazing video of the incredible healing of a young girl, her giving parents, and the unbelievable giving power of a community helping someone in need. And as you watch this video, be inspired and awed by Sara, who only two months ago suffered the burns that took off 70% of the skin on her face, but as you look at her today, you would never be able to tell.

Ruth Waters

Ruth Waters

50 In 52 Journey interview of Linda Greenberg. Having been brought up by parents who believed in giving back and taught her from an early age that if you have more than you need, give the rest away, Linda has continued the tradition. The Founder of Giving Back, a non-profit which helps the homeless, Linda believes that it’s not just your own community that you can help. With her love of helping animals she set out to see and help the great silverback gorillas in Uganda. While there she learned about the children of Uganda, living in poverty, working in stone quarries, and dying from Malaria. Thus she founded For Uganda and is now helping put children in boarding schools to save them from the fates of the children who have gone before them. This and so many other projects are what make Linda Greenberg an incredible example of someone who is moving community forward. Watch this video to see the true meaning of giving, of moving her community, her country and the world forward.

Al Watson

Al Watson

50 In 52 Journey interview of Al Watson, Partern of The MANA Group (Making A Necessary Adjustment). Al started the group along with four friends who felt that the theories of conflict and conflict resolution they had learned in college could be taken to the communities that were under-served with hit. Working with children whether it is from a standpoint of school and teachers and parent conflict or with boys who have never met their biological Fathers, or girls who are becoming more violent than their male counterparts, or perhaps dealing with Divorce mediation and conflict resolution in adults, the MANA group is helping people in their community learn how to better themselves and get along better with those around them. Watch this video of a man and a program that is moving their community, their state, and ultimately the country forward.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Jessie Banhazl

Jessie Banhazl

50 In 52 Journey interview of Jessie Banhazl, co-founder of Green City Growers in Boston Massachusetts. Watch this interview to see how one company is changing the way people in the greater Boston area are eating by teaching them to grow their own food. With creativity and passion you’ll see how Jessie and her business partner have built a business that helps people and restaurants become more self sufficient and for less than organic food costs at the grocery store. Be inspired by what a passion for good food and some hard work can do to move a community, a city, a state and ultimately the country forward.

Christa Drew

Christa Drew

50 In 52 Journey interview of Christa Drew. Watch this video and meet a woman who is passionate about hunger, social justice, and peace. Having worked most of her life with social justice issues Christa believes that hunger is a common thread that people in poverty have. Working on multiple fronts to help end hunger in her community she also dreams of having a much larger impact on hunger and its effects on society. Be inspired by one woman making a big difference not only in her community and her state but, we are sure one day, on the world.

Kathy Drew

Kathy Drew

50 In 52 Journey interview of Kathy Drew. Not everyone can be a hospice volunteer, but after watching this video you will see that Kathy Drew was born to it. Now a hospice volunteer coordinator she helps not only those families who need a volunteer but also the volunteers themselves who do an important and fulfilling job of helping those who are about to die and their families prepare as best as possible. Watch this video and be inspired by one woman making a difference in the lives of many.

Dorothea Hass

Dorothea Hass

50 In 52 Journey interview of Dorothea Hass, Founder of Walk Boston, a 20 year organization dedicated to getting people walking instead of driving in Boston. Passionate about all the reasons why walking is better than driving, watch this video of a woman who has spent her life helping people, children, and communities through the idea that you get to know your neighbors and your community better by walking than any other form of transportation. Be inspired by this video and think about what you might be able to do in your own community to move it, your state, and the country forward.

Shel Horowitz

Shel Horowitz

50 In 52 Journey interview of Shel Horowitz, Author and Activist. As a man who has been involved in social change since he was a young man Shel Horowitz believes that one man can make a difference. From working to save a mountain in his local community to writing books to help change communities and lives all over the world, this is a man who lives his life as an example of moving his community and the country forward.

Lisa Ostrow

Lisa Ostrow

50 In 52 Journey interview of Lisa Ostrow. Music has always been a part of Lisa Ostrow’s life, from growing up with a Father who played in an orchestra, to ten years of professional instruction on the piano herself, to having three daughters who all have musical gifts. What she didn’t know was how music would play such a huge role in her life after she found out her twin daughters had PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). In 2007 Lisa released a musical CD that not only included her incredible piano playing and angelic voice but also had the whole family contributing on tracks on the album which made it into iTunes top 100 on the easy listening section. What makes the album even more special is that all proceeds are being donated to help find a cure for PKD. In addition, Lisa is fast becoming a spokesperson for PKD helping educate and gain awareness of a common disease that few know about. Also, she and her children are outspoken about educating people with respects to organ donation and the importance such a gift can make. A mom with a musical gift who is giving back in amazing ways to help solve the challenge of PKD, not just for her daughters but for the millions worldwide who have this disease. Oh, and if all of this were not enough, there’s one other thing we forgot to mention. We’ll let Lisa tell you in her own words: “I’m Lisa and I happen to be blind”

Amanda Zarle

Amanda Zarle

50 In 52 Journey interview of Amanda Zarle, Executive Director of SmallCanBeBig.org. Many companies contribute to charities or give back to their communities, but when the owner of an Marketing/Advertising agency “Boathouse”, in Massachusetts asked a charity if he could help and they gave him a family in need to help, he decided to take it one step further. While many people are helping the poor and homeless, SmallCanBeBig aims to help those on the verge of being homeless. The idea that small donations can have a big impact is indeed having a big impact in the short 6 months that this organization has been in existence. One other thing that sets this effort apart is that 100% of every donation goes to families. This is one company who is truly and completely giving back to their community. Watch this video and be inspired…. if they can do it so can you. It’s all about building community where you live, moving your community, your state, and your country forward.

Michigan

Michigan

Terry Bean

Terry Bean

50 In 52 Journey interview of Terry Bean with Motor City Connect. Watch this video of a passionate man who started a community within a community. Many people know about the online communities of Linked In, Facebook, Twitter etc… What Terry did was take that concept one step further, by giving people a way to connect online, as well as face to face, and then finally connecting with the community. Listen to another citizen of Michigan who believes it’s not what’s happen around you but how you deal with what’s happening that matters. A video full of wisdom, humor and help, be inspired by one man who is making a difference in his community and helping to truly move America forward

Derek Blumke

Derek Blumke

50 In 52 Journey interview of Derek Blumke, Co-Founder and President of Student Veterans of America. Watch this video of a six year veteran of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars who came home and went to college only to find that colleges were not prepared to adequately help service members who were trying to become civilian students. Finding others in similar situations, Mr. Blumke decided to do something about it. Not only is Student Veterans of America now in campuses all across the country helping returning service members adjust to civilian life as students, but the organization is advocating for Veterans in Washington as well. Watch this inspiring video of a returning hero who has a passion for helping fellow service members and is making a difference in communities all across the country for those who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy our freedom.

Nora Chahbazi

Nora Chahbazi

50 In 52 Journey interview of Nora Chahbazi, Founder of Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) and the Ounce Of Prevention Reading Center, in Flushing Michigan. Meet this incredible woman who out of necessity because one of her own daughters was unable to read, researched and then founded a new approach to reading (EBLI) which is transforming the way students in Michigan are learning to read. Students who otherwise were labeled “Disabled” or “Learning With Disabilities” are now able to read in often as little as twelve hours. Watch this video of a passionate mother who is making a difference in the lives of her children, as well as the children and adults in her community, in her state, and we are quite certain, soon the country. BE INSPIRED! One person truly can make a difference in the world.

EBLI

EBLI

50 In 52 Journey interview of Donna York, Nora Chahbazi, and Kathy Kujat. As a follow up to the Nora Chahbazi interview watch this video to hear how one mother used Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) to help her nine year old son learn to read after two years of failure to produce results by the school system, and listen to what a teacher says after a lifetime of teaching when she found EBLI and realized she never learned how to really teach reading. Real stories from real people benefiting from a new way to approach reading for children and adults who don’t know how to read. Be inspired by what these people are doing in Michigan, and what you can do in your own state, your own community, your own family.

Cardinal Mbiyu Chui

Cardinal Mbiyu Chui

50 In 52 Interview of Cardinal Mbiyu Chui a man who was raised with giving back to his community as a foundation of his upbringing and who has been giving back to the various communities he has lived in ever since. Watch this video of a man who’s schedule doesn’t allow for a 2 hour window but nevertheless commits himself to tutoring a child in need all the while continuing to give back to his community in every way he can think of. Be inspired by one man who is moving his community and this country forward.

Barbara Fulton

Barbara Fulton

50 in 52 Journey interview of Barbara Fulton. While many people listen to the stories about Michigan and the auto industry and fear the worst, this story is one that changes that picture. Watch this inspiring video of a community that not only wants to improve itself, but believes that by becoming “the most generous community in America” they can change the mindset of America and help move not simply their community forward, nor even their state forward, but move this country forward.

Lisa Jander

Lisa Jander

50 In 52 Journey interview of Lisa Jander, Author of Daters Ed and mentor. Meet this mom who ‘accidentally’ wrote a book on dating after her son got his drivers licence. Even more amazing is that “Mamma J” also mentors tennagers who have come to seek advice. Find out what “hall time” means and so much more as one woman is making a difference in the lives of kids in her community.

Minnesota

Minnesota

Maria Asp

Maria Asp

50 In 52 Journey interview of Maria Asp, Director of the Neighborhood Bridges program. Watch this video of a program that teaches children through the arts about finding their own voice, and being able to challenge traditional thinking, writing, and learning how to become writers and narrators of tomorrow. Be inspired by seeing how this program is making a difference all across communities in Minnesota and see if you can find some way to make a difference in Your community.

Karen Bohn

Karen Bohn

50 In 52 Journey interview of Karen Bohn. Karen has volunteered one way or another for as long as she can remember. Beginning at an early age, continuing to volunteer during her years in her career job, and now being able to choose where and when she wants to volunteer watch this video and get inspired by how you too can volunteer in your community.

Brian and Antonio

Brian and Antonio

50 In 52 Journey interview of Brian White and Antonio Richardson, Director of Minnesota Play and Hip-Hop artist. Growing up in one of the toughest areas of the Twin Cities these two know all about trying to break the ‘cycle’ of crime and poverty. Professional sports has long been one way out for kids, but in the Twin Cities area that doesn’t come as easy as other cities around the country. It was this belief that caused them to form Minnesota PLAY (People Launching Athletic Youth), to take the best kids from both of the Twin Cities and showcase them in an All-Star game. But it’s much more than just a football game, this is a community activity for all the cities of the area and also a way for kids to be given a chance for positive exposure, a chance to be seen at their best, a chance to break the cycle in their communities. White and Richardson believe that changing communities starts with the youth of those communities and they are only beginning to do just that. What this video of two people already breaking the cycle who are giving back and changing their communities and who have plans to change much more. Be Inspired!

Jim Cousins

Jim Cousins

50 In 52 Journey interview of Jim Cousins, Executive Director of The Brand Lab. When a marketing and advertising agency realized that there was a lack of diversity in their industry they began a program to change that. What came from that was a non-profit organization called the Brand Lab in which they engage high school kids in creative design and thought, integrating with their normal core subjects and bringing in industry leaders to help them brainstorm and make presentations. They then offer internships with agencies in the area to give graduates an opportunity to see what jobs and opportunities exist in the world of marketing. Watch this video and see not only what The Brand Lab is all about but meet a recent high school graduate who took part in the program and now interns at the founding agency. Be inspired by one company who saw a problem and found a creative solution to move their community and state and perhaps someday the country forward.

Luz Maria Davis

Luz Maria Davis

50 In 52 Journey interview of Luz Maria Davis of Project 515. After conducting research, a group of people discovered that in Minnesota there are over 515 rights and responsibilities afforded by statutes and the state constitution to married couples that are not afforded to same sex couples. Project 515 was formed to give same sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. Watch this video of a woman who was married for 20 years and who now, after falling in love with another woman, knows first hand what it’s like to lose those 515 rights and responsibilities. Inspired by the belief that in America all people are created equal, see how this group of primarily volunteers is changing their community by fighting for that same equality for same sex couples and who hope one day to change their state and the country.

Roxie Speth & Abby Jensen

Roxie Speth

50 in 52 Journey interview of Roxie Speth and Abby Jensen. After seeing a European style market in Seattle Roxie Speth wanted one in her own community. With the help of Abby and others The Uptown Market began forming it’s board. Working with neighborhood associations, local artists and farmers these 20-somethings have built a gathering place in their community, filling a need to bring people together around food and art. Be inspired by what these young people have accomplished without prior experience but rather simply getting off the couch to fulfill a dream.

Mike Jungbauer

Mike Jungbauer

50 In 52 Journey interview of State Senator Mike Jungbauer. A man of faith, he is also a man who believes in balance in his life. People serve in public office for many reasons. Watch this video of a man who didn’t like what he saw in politicians and decided to do something about it rather than complain. Be inspired by a man who believes it’s the issues, not the party, that make the person you’re voting for and who believes that there is nothing more important than making a difference in the lives of others.

Paula Meyer

Paula Meyer

50 In 52 Journey interview of Paula Meyer, President of ‘Friends of Ngong Road’. After a family trip to Kenya Paula found herself pulled to help children of families with Aids who had lost their parents. Leaving her career job to start a non-profit organization now two and a half years in existence she finds fulfillment in helping these children across the world. Watch this video to see how one person can truly make a difference in the lives of others and in the process help themselves and those around them by giving to those less fortunate. Sometimes the community you help directly is across the world.

Nicole Middendorf

Nicole Middendorf

50 In 52 Journey interview of Nicole Middendorf. As a student of Best Prep, and the first student to go on and sit on it’s board, Nicole knows what she’s talking about, not just about financial information, but also about Best Prep. A financial advisor, Nicole now works to help people with their money and still gives back to the business camp that helped her get started. Watch this video of a woman who knows all too well how volunteers can change the course of a young person’s life. Be inspired by her story and find ways to help kids in your own community.

Mississippi

Mississippi

Embra Jackson

Embra Jackson

50 in 52 Journey interview of Embra Jackson, Executive Assistant to Bishop Hope Morgan Ward in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mr. Jackson, like many preachers wanted to make a difference in the lives of those in his church, but found that he wanted to reach a broader net and so he found his place as the Exec. Asst. to Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Watch this video and see how the churches in Mississippi are doing more than just preaching. Reaching out to get more involved in the community and to focus on health and wellness so that churches become once again places and centers of health in the community. This Mr. Jackson believes is the key that will impact change in Mississippi and the nation.

Rikey Thigpen

Rikey Thigpen

50 in 52 Journey interview of Ricky Thigpen, Executive Vice President of the Jackson Mississippi Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mississippi has long had a reputation for being one of the poorest states in the nation. Watch this video for an alternate view of this much maligned state. Listen to Ricky as he tells you what is great about Mississippi and in particular Jackson Mississippi. Sometimes, all it takes, is a new perspective to turn communities around.

Cyrus Webb

Cyrus Webb

50 in 52 Journey interview of Cyrus Webb. Cyrus always felt like an outsider and he sought his refuge in books. But even then, life was difficult and his early school and college years were difficult on him. But his passion for books never left. When he tried to join a book club he was astounded to find that there were no co-ed book clubs available… in fact there were no book clubs men could join at all. So, Cyrus decided to start one of his one… but not just any ordinary book club. Watch this video and see how this extraordinary, yet ordinary man, started something that has now reached well beyond his own State, changing the lives of those in his community, his state, and the country… one book at a time.