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Marek Lagodzinski is introducing a new approach to prisoner rehabilitation that helps prisoners reconnect with their families and with life outside prison well before they finish their sentences. His Slawek Foundation provides practical job training and placement for prisoners and ex-prisoners, but more importantly, psychological support and motivation to begin new lives and stay out of prison.
Pawel is at the forefront of the effort to raise the quality of foster family care in Poland by launching the first national Polish foster family movement. Pawel's "by choice" foster families are an alternative to the dominant "by continuation" system in which foster care is provided by members of the same dysfunctional family. To combat the drastic housing shortage faced by foster families, Pawel is setting up a unique framework of "house banks".
Blanca Villaseñor established the first program in Mexico focusing on youth migration. Her Desert Youth Shelter provides a safe harbor for youth deportees from the United States, helps them to earn enough money to return home and conducts path-breaking research, human rights defense and advocacy for policy reform on youth migration.
Hisham El Roubi provides young adults with more and better volunteer and job opportunities, allowing them to develop technical and leadership skills early on, pursue rewarding careers, and contribute to social and economic advances.
Piotr Pawlowski is pioneering Poland's first serious disability mainstreaming and public education effort. He is doing so through structured workshops in secondary schools, targeted at teenagers and educators. He is also setting up the country's first resource center for newly disabled people and their families in order to ease the first pangs of sorrow and confusion with reassurance and practical advice.
Sylwia Chutnik has created a number of initiatives to prevent the social, economic, and cultural exclusion of mothers. She is reforming institutions and influencing society to make the public sphere accessible and friendly for mothers with small children.
An engineer of Poland s environmental movement, Radoslaw (Radek) Gawlik has introduced multiple environmental laws, policies and programs that have helped to form and sustain a vibrant, cross-sector framework for environmental protection across Poland.
Pawel Jordan is trying to increase civic participation by introducing the "new" concept of volunteer service in Poland and other post-communist countries that do not have a history of volunteerism.
Teresa Tomaka is creating a system of advocates to protect the rights of the disabled in Poland's most deprived areas. Youth leaders are taught to use issues as a rallying point for strengthening community awareness while changing attitudes and policies surrounding disability.