Linda Swartz: Foster Kid Turned Advocate

When Linda was a 13-year-old girl living in Georgia, she didn’t have an advocate. Her time moving through the foster system was characterized by an array of strangers coming and going. Today she volunteers as a CASA advocate, ensuring that children in her same situation have a voice.

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Mary Martin
Dr. George Keaton: Remembering Black Dallas

Dr. George Keaton spent 31 years devoting his life to the students of DISD as a teacher and guidance counselor, but when he learned about the black history preservation movement in Dallas, he found another purpose. His work with Remembering Black Dallas includes preserving oral history, creating awareness through tours, and maintaining Dallas’ first integrated graveyard.

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Mary Martin
The Girly Shop Teacher: A New Look for Construction Tech

Tami Gamble-Gurnell, or The Girly Shop Teacher, is putting a new face on the male-dominated world of construction education, teaching Dallas-area students the STEM skills needed to build the future. With an all-girl student construction dedicated to community projects, Tami is connecting the classroom with the needs of the city.

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Mary Martin
Café Momentum x Ruthie's Rolling Café: Not a Normal Food Truck

Cafe Momentum is not a normal restaurant. And Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe is not a normal food truck. Together they are offering the family, experience, and employment necessary to end the cycle of juvenile recidivism after parole. With a 12-month training at Café Momentum and an externship at Ruthie’s, students are given opportunity and a voice.

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Mary Martin
Brit Rose: The Boutique that Gives Back

The Brit Rose Foundation is encouraging the community to “Shop to Shine,” donating 100% of their boutique profits to organizations that impact mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Named for Brittney Serpa, Brit Rose is spearheaded by Brittney’s mom, Tori, who is making connections between mental health, bullying, trauma, and treatment.

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Mary Martin
Molly Smith: Shining a Blue Light for Autism Awareness

Molly Smith and her son Graham have been advocating for autism awareness during World Autism Month in April with their own initiative, Light it Up Blue for Graham. By mailing blue lightbulbs to neighbors and friends, the Smith family is starting new conversations about autism and neurodiversity.

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Mary Martin
Daniel Stein: Training Special Strong

Daniel Stein founded Special Strong, a personal training business that serves teens and adults with special needs using adaptive recreation and fitness programs. Special Strong is not only making a difference in the lives of their clients, but in the lives of their clients’ families and communities as well.

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Mary Martin