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Apr 17
At the age of 16, Rana Abdelhamid was the victim of a hate crime in New York City when a stranger tried to rip the hijab from her head. “I felt shaken and all alone,” she said. She wanted to find a way to help bring Muslim women together to find a safe space to heal. The experience led her to start (IM)WISE, a nonprofit organization and grassroots movement supporting Muslim women’s empowerment through self-defense and skills-based training.
Apr 16
It all started in 1990 when Barbara and Ira Smith heard about a family that had fled to Massachusetts from their home in San Salvador due to violence, and were in need of furniture for their apartment. The Smiths put an ad in their church bulletin seeking donations to help the family, and received more furniture than was needed. They contacted their community’s local housing authority, to offer the extra items to its low-income clients. “We thought once all the stuff was gone, we’d be done,” said Barbara. But they were just getting started.
Apr 14

U.S. Army veteran OD Harris co-founded the Ready Set Go Foundation in 2014 to provide veterans and disadvantaged entrepreneurs with the tools for business success. OD was frustrated by a lack of real support and mentorship for entrepreneurs to establish their businesses. Drawing on OD’s own experience as an entrepreneur, Ready Set Go has helped more than 700 veterans and other individuals, and given out more than $1 million in financial scholarships to start-ups.

Apr 11
Five years ago, 14-year-old Valerie Weisler’s life was in ruins. The high school freshman was painfully shy and traumatized by her parent’s divorce. The bullying came almost immediately. A crowd of mean girls taunted her mercilessly, calling her mute and stupid, telling her to leave, even giving her reasons why she should kill herself. “I was scared to go to school,” said Valerie, now a 19-year-old college student. “I felt like I was drowning in darkness.” Then one day, Valerie saw another student being bullied about his weight, and something clicked for her.

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