50 in 52 Journey The Videos

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Alabama

Alabama

Cassandra Boykin

Cassandra Boykin

50 in 52 Journey interview of Cassandra Boykin. When teenagers she knew were killing each other right outside her church, Cassandra decided it was time to do something about it. With the help of her church pastor and the small congregation they began a community center to give kids a place to go and something to do besides getting into trouble. Though the center struggles financially at times, the passion she has for kids keeps her going. Watch this video and be inspired by one woman who is making a difference in her community despite the odds and sometimes seemingly unending task.

Brent Burns

Brent Burns

50 in 52 Journey interview of Brent Burns. With role model parents who taught him by example the ethic of giving, this Musician has always given part of the proceeds of his music sales away. Watch this video and see how this man is not only passionate about his music but also the act of giving and how it can help not just a community but yourself as well. Be inspired by his example and listen to his advice that it’s not always money that you can give.

Ebba K Ebba

Ebba K Ebba

50 in 52 Journey interview of Dr. Ebba K. Ebba. An Ethiopian born immigrant who became a Pediatrician Dr. Ebba wanted to make a difference in the lives of Children in his home country. Not content to just volunteer his time he wanted to make as big a difference as possible so he had undertaken a dream to build a Children’s Hospital so that it won’t just be the power of one but of many to help the children. Watch this powerful video of one man making a huge difference and listen to important advice he has for anyone who has a dream.

Cathy Puett Miller

Cathy Puett Miller

50 in 52 Journey interview of Cathy Puett Miller. After years of a finance career, Cathy made a complete shift marrying her passions with a business model and thus became The Literacy Ambassador. Watch this video to see how one woman with a passion for literacy found a way to live her passion and help others in the process. Be inspired by her words of encouragement for those trying to follow their own passion as well as the importance of child literacy and how we can all play a role in helping our future generations conquer struggles with reading.

Kristina Scott

Kristina Scott

50 in 52 Journey interview of Kristina Scott, Executive Director of The Alabama Poverty Project. Watch this video and see how this organization is trying to make a difference in a state that has severe poverty problems. Be inspired by one woman and her incredibly positive outlook and ethic about what is possible in the great state of Alabama, moving communities, the state, and ultimate America forward.

Alaska

Alaska

AK Pride Mao Tosi Pt 1

AK Pride Mao Tosi Pt 1

50 In 52 Journey interview of Mao Tosi. In this first part of a two part interview we meet Mao Tosi, a former NFL Football player for the Arizona Cardinals. Watch this video to hear his story, the struggles he endured as a young man and the tragic story of his best friend. Learn about the past of this incredible man who later formed AK Pride, a program to help the youth of Alaska attain the success they dream of. Be inspired by one man’s struggles and his journey to overcome them and help the future generations of his community, his state and the country. ( Be sure to watch part 2 for more information on this incredible man and his organization.)

AK Pride Mao Tosi Pt 2

AK Pride Mao Tosi Pt 2

50 In 52 Journey interview of Mao Tosi. In this second part of two interviews of Mao Tosi, the Executive Director of AK Pride, find out what Alaska Pride is all about. Watch this video of an amazing man who overcame his own personal hardships and now uses the lessons he’s learned to motivate himself to help the youth of Alaska. See how one person can change the lives of many by helping them find their own success. Be inspired by what AK Pride is doing to help change communities, the state of Alaska and the rest of the country.

AK Pride - A Presentation

AK Pride - A Presentation

50 In 52 Journey captures a demonstration of AK Pride by Ma’o Tosi, Executive Director and some of the staff who produce the workshops. Watch this video to see some of the art and music that make up the workshops and hear about the dance component as well as how AK Pride is giving the youth of Alaska opportunities beyond the traditional educational route to help Alaskan youths find jobs and purpose with their passions.

AK Pride Elizabeth Her

AK Pride Elizabeth Her

50 In 52 Journey interview of Elizabeth Her of AK Pride. Watch this video of a young woman with a difficult past who has overcome a great deal and is not only on her own path of success but as part of AK Pride is helping other young Alaskan’s to find their own passions and go after their own paths to success. A musician, rapper, singer, and poet, this amazing young lady sets an example for all those around her and is helping to lead those who make up AK Pride to greatness; moving her heritage, her community, her state and ultimately the country forward.

AK Pride Jarvis Prince

AK Pride Jarvis Prince

50 In 52 Journey interview of Jarvis Prince of AK Pride. Watch this interview of one of the newest members of AK Pride. Two weeks prior, he had been a young man who spent most of his time on the streets up to no good with other youths and dancing to pass the time. Now, as part of AK Pride he is running a new dance program and getting paid to do it. Now he’s teaching dance to youth not only to help them stay off the street, but to connect them to their heritage by incorporating cultural dance into contemporary moves. Be inspired by this young man who has just recently turned his life around and is now using his newly recognized talents to help other young people in Alaska find theirs. It’s all about moving community, state, heritage, and youths forward.

AK Pride Arielo Taylor

AK Pride Arielo Taylor

50 In 52 Journey interview of Arielo Taylor of AK Pride. Two years ago Arielo was tagging neighborhoods as a way to find an outlet for his art. By his own admission, he was headed for jail when he ran into Mao Tosi and AK Pride. Now, he gets paid to do what he loves to do; helping other young Alaskan’s learn what he taught himself how to do… be a great spray paint artist. Once shy and quiet, he now is getting more comfortable opening up to people and is excited about helping other young people find their own passions and artistic expressions and enjoys being a part of a program to help them succeed in those passions. Watch this video of a creative young man who has turned his life around and is taking his gifted talent and putting it to good use helping those in his community, his state, and moving this country forward, one artist at a time.

Robert Ambrose

Robert Ambrose

50 In 52 Journey interview of Robert Ambrose. It’s difficult to know what any of us would do if we lost someone we loved. For Robert Ambrose and losing his life partner of 24 years it’s sometimes still difficult. But when the one you lose is someone beloved by more than you, by an entire community; and when you’re contacted to start a foundation to continue doing the work of building community that she did, the choice is pretty simple. And so, in Talkeetna, Alaska Jessica’s Foundation is continuing to do what Jessica did when she was alive. Building healthy community, providing resources for those who need them, and proving that sometimes even death cannot prevent the good someone does in their life from continuing after they leave. Watch this video of a man and the legacy his life partner left behind as they move their community and their state forward.

J T Hessert

J T Hessert

50 In 52 Journey interview of J. T. Hessert. Spurred on by the President’s call to action to get involved, J T is trying to create an eco alliance in Alaska to educate youth on the importance of looking for alternative sources of energy and find new ways to use Alaska’s abundant resources. Traveling by canoe down rivers with a video camera and making presentations to schools on his own to get things started he’s now building support from businesses and others like him to make a difference in his community and his state.

Elgin Jones

Elgin Jones

50 In 52 Journey interview of Elgin Jones, founder of Kid’s Kitchen. After having a dream about feeding children, Elgin started Kid’s Kitchen. With the support of people all over his community, Kid’s Kitchen has served over 1 Million meals to children. “Pops” as he’s called has been doing this for over 12 years and keeps going because of the kids. And while he feeds them the right food, no junk food here, these kids get a dose of education as well as vegetables from their ‘Grandpa’. Watch this video and be inspired by one man who saw a need, and decided to do something about it; truly moving the youth in his community forward.

Leo Josey

Leo Josey

50 In 52 Journey interview of Leo Josey of Different By Design. A native Alaskan, he saw that the youth of today don’t have many opportunities and often no outlet for their anger or frustration. As a youth mentor he also holds creative writing and spoken word workshops to give kids an outlet, a voice, something to do that is truly their own, without the limitations of school or oversight. Watch this video and see how one man is truly making a difference in the lives of young men and women in Alaska.

Melinda Lindgren

Melinda Lindgren

50 In 52 Journey interview of Melinda Lindgren. Melinda is so involved in her community we had to do two separate interviews on different topics to cover her. In this first of two interviews we learn about what she’s doing as Executive Director of the Denali Arts Council. The Denali Arts Council is far from just a place to see a play or look at art. With programs for youth such as one that teaches them how to perform in a circus and two weeks later holds the performance, to dances, and concerts, the Denali Arts Council has become more like a community gathering place. Maybe that’s because everything the Arts Council does is of the community, by the community and for the community. Watch this video of an organization that is truly working for it’s community and moving it forward.

Melinda Lindgren - Classroom w/ View

Melinda Lindgren - Classroom With A View

50 In 52 Journey Interview of Melinda Lindgren. In the second of two interviews, this one focusses on Melinda’s role as Founder and Board Chair of Classroom With A View, an incredible program which takes High School kids and literally brings the textbooks to life. Structured so that the students must do some bookwork and preparatory work first, they are then taken into the field to learn not just the academic, but also leadership, team-building and life skills in locals from the Yukon Territory down to a small coastal village in Mexico. Watch this video of a woman who took a great idea and put it into action, moving the youth of her community, her state, and this country forward.

Jodi Rodwell

Jodi Rodwell

50 In 52 Journey interview of Jodi Rodwell, Interim Executive Director of the Denali Education Center. With programs ranging from Youth to having people come and stay on the campus the Denali Education Center is helping people reconnect with the wilderness, with their youth camp experiences, and educating them about the wildlife, the land, preservation and ecology in this last frontier of Alaska. And while they may learn a lot while they visit, the goal is to help them take part of what they learn back with them to the smaller but still natural gardens and forests back where the visitors live. Watch this video of a wonderful program that helps reconnect community from this small tight-knit community in Alaska.

Joy Steward

Joy Steward

50 In 52 Journey interview of Joy Steward Executive Director of the Homer Foundation. Joy has been involved since the inception of the Homer Foundation, the first community foundation in Homer Alaska. The Foundation does much more than just giving grants, though they have given over 1 Million Dollars in grants to the community in Homer. They also have a youth council teaching kids about philanthropy with firsthand experience at fundraising, collecting, evaluating and assigning grants of their own. Watch this video of people giving back to their local community, moving it, their state, and the country forward.

Beth Trowbridge

Beth Trowbridge

50 In 52 Journey interview of Beth Trowbridge, acting Executive Director, and Manager of Wynn Nature Center of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Watch this video of a program which strives to teach children about the importance of the environment. Through stewardship and environmental education they help the youth of Alaska as well as other parts of the country do service projects so that they learn while doing. With programs like “no child left inside” the Center is ensuring that children don’t get caught up in technology without realizing the beauty of the world around them. One child at a time, moving America forward.

Kyra Wagner

Kyra Wagner

50 In 52 Journey interview of Kyra Wagner, founder of Sustainable Homer. There is no building, no business charter, no incorporation or 501(c)3 status, and Kyra herself calls it just a ‘concept’, yet this list serve of positive sustainability messages has become a force in Homer Alaska. Determined to keep her messages short, to the point, and above all positive, Sustainable Homer’s list serve members have made a difference in Homer. With the backing of the Chamber of Commerce Kyra has become a messaging campaign of what’s positive in Homer and what people can do in their community around sustainability. At its heart, this is about community, moving community forward, which moves Alaska forward, and ultimately the country as well.

Alaska Native Heritage Center Pt 1

Alaska Native Heritage Center Pt 1 - Sights and Sounds

50 In 52 Journey’s visit to Alaska begins not with an Interview but sights and sounds from the Alaska Native Heritage Center. See native dances and take a few walks with the JourneyWoman as she shows you some of the cultural parts of the Center.

ANHC Pt 2 - Andrew Demientieff

Alaska Native Heritage Center Pt 2 - Andrew Demientieff

50 in 52 Journey interview of Dr. Ebba K. Ebba. An Ethiopian born immigrant who became a Pediatrician Dr. Ebba wanted to make a difference in the lives of Children in his home country. Not content to just volunteer his time he wanted to make as big a difference as possible so he had undertaken a dream to build a Children’s Hospital so that it won’t just be the power of one but of many to help the children. Watch this powerful video of one man making a huge difference and listen to important advice he has for anyone who has a dream.

ANHC Pt 3 - Cody Wilkes

Alaska Native Heritage Center Pt 3 - Cody Wilkes

50 in 52 Journey interview of Cody Wilkes. Though he doesn’t need to work at the Center, Cody feels strongly that people need to know about how life is lived in Alaska. With his grandparents teaching him the ways of his people and the languages of his heritage, he is committed to helping preserve both the language and the heritage of native Alaskans. Watch this video and be inspired by another young man who appreciates the importance of his heritage and has goals to do his part in helping preserve them.

ANHC Pt 4 - Sharlane King

Alaska Native Heritage Center Pt 4 - Sharlane King

50 In 52 Journey interview of Sharlane King. Though born in Washington state in the northwestern most city in the continental US, Sharlane has used her passion for learning about other cultures to fuel learning about her own. Her desire to come back and help her people by getting a degree in rural development and then making a difference for her family and her people is yet another example of today’s youth realizing the important of heritage, of a people, and of their responsibility to help carry their history forward. Like the other people the Journey has interviewed at the Center, these young people have a respect for their history. They understand that the native people’s history goes back to the country’s history and they are committed to doing their part to move their communities, their state, the country, and their people forward.

ANHC Pt 5 - Aurora Warrior

Alaska Native Heritage Center Pt 5 - Aurora Warrior

50 In 52 Journey Interview of Aurora Warrior. As a Junior in high school this young lady already has a deep respect for her heritage and the importance of preserving it. Deeply passionate about helping people and especially children, she works at the center to help people understand about native Alaskan culture and to broaden her own knowledge. Committed to college and then coming back to help preserve her heritage by working with children with cancer in Alaska this remarkable young woman is already making a difference. Watch and be inspired by what Aurora and the other youth of the Alaska Native Heritage Center are doing to move their heritage, their culture, their communities, their state, and ultimately the country forward.

Dafna Michaelson Alaska

Dafna Michaelson Alaska

Dafna Michaelson reflects upon her Journey to Alaska, its 50 year statehood celebration and its Youth.

Arizona

Arizona

Carole Bartholomeaux

Carole Bartholomeaux

50 in 52 Journey interview of Carole Bartholomeaux, a community activist. Growing up with her mother Carole had no choice but to be involved. With her own difficult marriage behind her, Carole has become a champion for battered women and is now very involved in helping both victims as well as the police who are the first to respond and deal with them. Watch this video and be inspired by one woman who believes that anyone can make a difference, can change the lives of many and who doesn’t just talk about it, but is doing something about it every day

Javier Cota

Javier Cota

50 in 52 Journey interview of Javier “Fabian” Cota. Arizona has gotten a lot of media coverage over the years regarding immigration. But rarely is it seen from the police point of view. Watch this video and learn what the president of the Police Association thinks of this problem and how they are saving taxpayer dollars while still finding a way to deal with the problem.

Mara Defilippis

Mara Defilippis

50 in 52 Journey interview of Mara Defilippis, CEO of the Green Chamber of Commerce. As a vendor Mara was frustrated that there was only one time a year she could network with other like minded vendors. Seeing a need and frustration from other vendors she decided to take action herself. Watch this video and be inspired by one woman who saw a need in her community and did something about it. This is what America is all about, moving communities, cities, states and our country forward.

Debbie Jordan

Debbie Jordan

50 in 52 Journey interview of Debbie Jordan. Debbie has long believed that poverty is the breeding ground for war. While many people subscribe to the notion that living in a peaceful society is the ultimate goal, Debbie set out to write down her thoughts on how to do it. Watch this video and meet the author who writes about peace, especially as it relates to poverty. See how this author is doing her part to help her community, the community of the world, by writing down her thoughts on how we can all get along and the steps necessary to accomplish it.

Ann Malone

Ann Malone

50 in 52 Journey interview of Ann Malone. As a mom and wife going about her life, when she found out a homeless man was living behind the wall at the back of her house she didn’t give it much thought. Her neighbor had called the police and that was that. But four months later she realized the man was still there. This auspicious beginning was how she got involved and founded an organization to mobilize and connect businesses and homeowners to work with the police and the city to effect change. Watch this video of an amazing woman who is making a huge difference in her community, in her city and ultimately changing the way communities think about and work with the problem of the homeless around them. Be Inspired!

Arkansas

Arkansas

Deborah Bell

Deborah Bell
50 in 52 Journey interview of Deborah Bell. Raised in a family of faith based service oriented parents, Deborah knows all about helping others. Now continuing the family tradition, she works alongside her Father and her son to help the youth and those less fortunate to help move her community, her state, and America forward.

Jim Cash

Jim Cash

50 in 52 Journey interview of Jim Cash, Mayor of Mountain View Arkansas. Born and raised in Mountain View, Mr. Cash just wants to see his town continue to move forward. Passionate about children and an avid sportsman, he and the people of this small community practice true Southern Hospitality.

Pat Cash

Pat Cash

50 in 52 Journey interview of Pat Cash, a native of Mountain View Arkansas and Comedienne. Raised by parents involved in tourism, Pat is actively involved in her community and an advocate for putting Mountain View on the map. Watch this interview of a soon to be 65 year old who isn’t content to just have one career, is a big believer in community support when disaster strikes and is very proud of “Arkansas’s best kept secret”.

Joycelyn Elders

Joycelyn Elders

50 in 52 Journey interview of Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of The United States of America. Dr. Elders continues to move America forward by being a role model for young women everywhere. Overcoming many hurdles, she went to college, joined the Army and ultimately became Surgeon General. Her passion for helping young women continues today. Watch this interview of a remarkable women who builds community by inspiring others to achieve greatness.

Barbara Harmony

Barbara Harmony
50 in 52 Journey interview of Barbara Harmony, a woman dedicated to making clean water available for everyone. Working with others of like minds, Barbara’s passion for helping keep our water clean shows in this interview of an amazing woman.

Walter Kimbrough

Walter Kimbrough
50 in 52 Journey interview of Walter Kimbrough. One of only 40 College Presidents under the age of 40 (out of 4000), Mr. Kimbrough is an inspiration to the students he presides over. Watch this interview of an amazing man with drive to help students become social justice advocates for the future and who leads by example when he tells his students to work hard no matter what they do.

Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson
50 in 52 Journey interview of Mark Robertson. Returning to school at 30 years old, he is now a conservationist involved in all aspects of helping his community, his state, and indeed the globe with efforts to conserve resources, water, and energy. Watch this video to see how one individual can indeed make a big difference.

William Robinson

William Robinson
50 in 52 Journey interview with William Robinson. A man with a passion for people who has dedicated his life to helping them achieve the next step up from their current situation. One of the initial adopters of the Black Community Developers program, his legacy is now a model for the nation. Watch this video of a man who embodies moving this country forward by helping those in his community.