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    Samar empowers Arab youth to become active citizens in their communities, as she transforms young people’s sense of apathy, loss of identity, alienation, exclusion & prejudice into civic engagement. Whereas existing initiatives in the region often perceive youth as a homogeneous group without addressing the different layers of exclusion and prejudice they face, Samar designs custom-made solutions and civic engagement channels suited to each group's needs.

    Shai Reshef is the founder and president of the University of the People, the world's first tuition-free global online academic institution dedicated to the democratization of higher education. The institution was specifically created to serve poor, remote and disadvantaged populations.

    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.

    Recognizing that earthquakes don’t kill people, but building collapse does, Elizabeth Hausler Strand is changing practices of home building in earthquake-prone regions to engage citizens and set in place new and lasting practices to ensure that earthquake-resistant construction becomes common.

    Nick Sireau is applying the insights of modern consumer marketing to solve the basic energy needs of the rural poor in Africa. Nick’s idea is to trail blaze new consumer norms for customers who are off the electricity grid: A trusted sales force, low price and high-quality products, and good customer service.

    Mihir Bhatt is redefining disaster mitigation by viewing it as a continuous process of social development and community participation rather than as a short-term rescue and relief effort. His organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute, is addressing disaster risk management from the victim’s point of view and introducing a long-term social security component in the process.

    John Mighton invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States.

    Michaela Wicki is providing a unique combination of services for homeless runaways in the Czech Republic. Her goal is to get them off the streets and into a loving and affirming environment in which they can grow into productive and happy members of society.

    Low-wage workers in the United States are often one crisis away from extreme poverty. Steve Bigari recruits employers to take a lead role in addressing the problems that make workers vulnerable, breaking the cycle of persistent poverty by helping workers achieve personal stability and develop the skills they need to get a foothold on the ladder to the middle class.

    An industrialist, enlightened banker, and now social entrepreneur, Ibrahim Betil has contributed to the advancement of full citizenship for Turkish workers and young people throughout his varied career. Starting five years ago, he turned his attention fully to putting in place opportunities for young adults to contribute to positive social action through their own initiative.