Inspirational People

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Inspirational People

Inspirational People

These stories are about inspirational people like…

Jack Andraka, who at 15-years-old, developed a Cancer diagnostic test 26,000 times better than existing tests put out by billion dollar pharmaceutical companies.

and

Mark and Tori Baird who were retired when they created a job service for veterans that has helped thousands.

Among the other inspirational people here are . . .

High schoolers Josh and D’Mani who fed thousands of homeless. Nicholas Winton, who saved over 660 lives on the weekends (during the week he was a stockbroker). And David Boone, who went from homeless to Harvard.

The inspirational people in this section demonstrate that you’re not too old, too young, too broke or too different to make a difference. You just need to get started.

Once Homeless, Youth Seizes Job Opportunity and Gives Back

Written by Brad Aronson 3,186 Shares
Dante Wilson and Nick Bayer

During his senior year in high school, Dante Wilson started living in Covenant House, a Philadelphia shelter for homeless youth.

One day Colleen Landy, who was Program Director of the shelter, told Dante that he was going to meet with an area CEO coming to interview potential employees.

Colleen had called Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys, a Philadelphia-based hospitality company with 30 locations. Colleen asked Nick to get involved with the homeless shelter. She wanted to give young people an opportunity to mainstream, get jobs and have real lives outside the shelter.

After teddy bear changes her life, College student pays kindness forward with 500 donated teddy bears

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Teddy Bear

“When a kid is in the hospital or homeless shelter and has a teddy bear — something special to hold onto and sleep with — it makes the experience calmer,” Nicole Javorsky said. “A lot of kids in hospitals or homeless shelters don’t have people who would give them a teddy bear, and we want to let these kids know that someone cares. We want to provide support for whatever they’re going through,”

Nicole started hand-making teddy bears and distributing them to kids after she experienced the impact of such a gift. At 14-years-old Nicole ...

Inspiring story about an amazing pair – a kid and his mentor

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Mentor

Big Brother of the Century, Tom McElvogue, with four of the kids he mentored and their families. The inspirational executive and father always makes time to make a difference.

Big Brother of the Century award winner, Tom McElvogue, has been a mentor to many kids over the years. Even as a busy executive and father, he has always had time to make a difference as a mentor.

Here’s a great anecdote that Tom shared when he received his Big Brother of the Century award from our local Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organization. The mentoring ...

Retirees Help Thousands of Veterans – Offers Easy Way for Us to Help Too

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Hire Patriots

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In 2004, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq. As in, that day.

While the Marine was serving, his wife had been laid off, and upon returning home, he discovered his wife and small children were living without electricity. Hoping to make the $100 to get their electricity turned back on, the soldier was wondering if the Bairds had any jobs around the house he could do to earn the cash.

Mark and Tori offered the Marine $100. He refused to ...

Amazing Special Education Teacher Starts Each Day with Compliments

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Special Education

As you saw in the incredible video above, teacher Chris Ulmer begins every class with compliments for each student.

Ulmer, a special education teacher, has had the same class for three years. In Ulmer’s first year, every day had a theme like “Monday Funday” and “Toast Tuesday.”

Ulmer noticed his kids were always more motivated, happier and better behaved on Toast Tuesdays (when class began with compliments), so he decided every day would start with affirmations for each student. The incorporation of 10 minutes of daily affirmations contributed to significant growth in his class. Students' confidence and self-worth have skyrocketed, some students have begun looking Ulmer in the eye, and students have started complimenting each other regularly.

Famous Failures: 23 Famous Failures to Inspire You

Written by Brad Aronson 2,113 Shares

Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes.

I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a businesses. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.

I hope you also find these famous failures helpful.

Jack Andraka

When he ...

How A Boy’s Small Gift Changed 1000s of Lives – Wonderful Holiday Story from Angel Tree Program

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Angel Tree Program

Charles and Shirley White worked for the Salvation Army in a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping Mall. They provided clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.

The Whites listened to the Christmas wishes of children who might not otherwise get gifts. Then the couple wrote the kids’ gift wishes on cards that featured angels. The cards would hang on a Christmas tree in the mall, and shoppers could take a card to provide gifts for a child. More than 700 kids were served the first year of that program (1979).

When the Whites were transferred to ...

World’s Oldest Competitive Sprinter — at 105-Years Young — Breaks World Record

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Hidekichi Miyazaki

Photo: Kyodo/AP Images

Hidekichi Miyazaki, 105-years young, set the new record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter. The Japanese man ran a 100 meter-dash in 42.22 seconds at the Kyoto Masters. At the September 23 event, Miyazaki also competed in the shot-put.

Miyazaki took up sprinting in his 90s. Until recently, he held the world record for the fastest 100-meter dash in the 100+ age group.

Miyazaki’s daughter told CNN that he practices every day in the park near his house. He does a 100 meter run and practices the shot put three times during ...

Teenage entrepreneurs develop life-changing device for wheelchair users

Written by Brad Aronson 2,732 Shares

Stephen Campbell’s grandmother was a wheelchair user. Stephen noticed that people in wheelchairs often back their wheelchairs into things causing embarrassment and damage. Plus, if you have a back injury, backing into something can be excruciating.

Stephen asked, “If cars can have backup notification systems, why can’t wheelchairs?”

Stephen and his business partners (Miranda Keeler, Aaron Seidman, Deepak Iyer and Kate Evanko) decided to do more than just ask the question.

Teenage Entrepreneurs
The Sensei’s team — Kate Evanko, Aaron Seidman, Stephen Campbell, Deepak Iyer and Miranda Keeler.

The high school entrepreneurs studied the problem by conducing ...

Told women couldn’t attend medical school, Elizabeth Blackwell started her own

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Elizabeth Blackwell

As it’s now college graduation season, it’s a good time for us to remember those who came before us — like Elizabeth Blackwell. . . .

Elizabeth Blackwell was determined to go to medical school.

She consulted with some family friends who were physicians. They advised her to give up – women couldn’t become doctors back then.

Elizabeth Blackwell didn’t give up.

She got a job, worked hard and saved enough money for school. She applied to medical school, and received rejections from all 29 colleges to which she applied.

Blackwell visited the schools in ...

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