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    Andrzej Juros is enabling Poland's disabled people to build strategies for realizing their dreams and potential. His unique program, which involves volunteer professionals and college students, provides critical support to the disabled and is changing the structure of higher education in Poland.

    Adrian is reforming the way social welfare services are provided to the long-term unemployed and their families in industrialized centers in Poland. His approach builds on the foundational principle of partnership (rather than charity) and offers municipalities a low-cost alternative to rehabilitating some of Poland’s most underserved communities.

    Through creative use of media and advertising, Agata Stafiej-Bartosik is promoting television and radio as effective tools for empowering the civil sector and for advancing positive social change.

    Anna Machalica-Pultorak has designed a community employment center that focuses on the young unemployed in Poland's most impoverished slums and provides them with services that reintegrate them into the economy and the community.

    Adam is shifting the focus of Egyptian business culture to the green economy. He is creating a new generation of entrepreneurs with a green mindset (environment friendly and socially responsible) and empowering them through an enabling environment for inclusive, green businesses and social innovations in urban and rural areas.

    Didier Ketels founded Droits Quotidiens to train social workers as legal intermediaries who simplify the law and help disadvantaged groups resolve legal disputes quickly and fairly. His approach prevents disadvantaged people from getting caught in the bureaucracy of social and legal help for matters such as housing, debt repayment, or health and family problems—many of which can be worked out without ever needing a lawyer.

    By developing a more successful and cost-effective model for finding permanent homes for the most-difficult-to-place in care, Amelia Franck Meyer is proving that the key to fixing the U.S. foster care system is to break the cycle of disruption and trauma it too often perpetuates.

    Sanjeev Kumar is socially and economically empowering women from the poorest communities in the mountain and desert regions of India through the financially viable but often overlooked practice of small livestock husbandry. Sanjeev makes women the key drivers of the entire cycle of small livestock husbandry, from rearing to medical care, to sale at market, and is creating a cadre of skilled and economically independent women respected by their communities.

    Alicia Leal, a Mexican educator, is fostering a social consciousness about violence against women. Alicia is empowering women to demand their human rights through her organization, Alternativas Pacificas (Peaceful Alternatives), and has established a multidisciplinary model for victim treatment to be implemented by the federal government.

    Barbara Baran founded and leads a national self-help society of Polish women over the age of 40, who characteristically face discrimination when they re-enter the job market after interim periods as full-time mothers and homemakers. The Society teaches business and self-employment skills, builds self-confidence, provides job placement services and publicizes role models.