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    Earl Martin Phalen has professionalized and popularized rigorous out-of-school-time education across the United States.

    Bernd Gebert is enabling youth to act as agents of change in a national movement, “Das macht Schule” (literally: “This is what school does” an idiom for “a practice, that becomes common”). Beginning with hands-on activities that yield quick but impacting success stories, Bernd uses these success triggers to build the youths’ sense of citizenship, unleash their potential, and connect them with each other.

    By creating publicly-funded, inner-city college preparatory schools, Raj Vinnakota and The SEED Foundation are changing the way the public, private, and citizen sectors invest in education and urban communities.

    Solomon Cedile has created a nonformal education program for young people, leaders of community organizations, and ordinary citizens to help them take part in social development in South African townships.

    Esther Cossie is mobilizing rural youth to help combat abuse, particularly domestic violence, in remote and impoverished rural communities of South Africa's Eastern Cape.

    In rural Mozambique schools are almost non-existent, having been destroyed in the country’s civil war. Agostinho Mamade is rebuilding and staffing these schools, and getting the support of formerly apathetic parents by appealing to their desire to see their children become upstanding, productive adults.

    By creating the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the U.S., Victoria Hale is working to develop safe, effective and affordable drugs to treat neglected diseases that afflict largely rural and poor populations in the developing world.

    Van Jones is bringing a higher standard of accountability to the criminal justice system at a time when the number of US prisons is multiplying and police harassment is becoming an issue of increasing public concern.

    Julian Ugarte is creating a youth-led and society-supported movement to address the problems of inequality in Chile and throughout Latin America. His organization, Socialab, is popularizing social problem-solving by providing the resources, credibility, and call to action for people from all walks of life, especially young people, to be protagonists in developing solutions wherever they see challenges.

    Fidela Ebuk is building a health-oriented rural women's savings and loan movement from among the widespread traditional women's saving groups known as Osusu.