Ryan's House for Youth, Coupeville, WA
Ryan’s House for Youth, on Whidbey Island, greets homeless 18-24 year olds with open arms to offer shelter, food, safety, belonging, mentoring, a sense of family, and unconditional love. The result? These courageous, vulnerable young people build life skills with renewed faith in their future. Ryan’s House gives them the space and support to grow so they can re-enter their communities with a sense of purpose.
Nurturing Roots, Seattle, WA: Urban farming and social justice bring life back to fallow ground
Nyema Clark has a plan for restoring food equity and small neighborhood farms to her community in Seattle, and she’s making it happen. Nurturing Roots, the organization she founded, addresses systemic imbalances and oppression by focusing on farming, environmental justice, and resilience. It’s also about community-building, education, and re-engaging city folks with their environment.
iCare community medical insurance, Milwaukee, WI: A new approach to insurance puts people first
iCare is an extraordinary for-profit medical insurance company serving low income members of its Milwaukee community. Metrics and data are essential to its work, but iCare considers RELATIONSHIPS its top priority. iCare members are seen, heard, supported, and loved. This is a remarkable new model for medical insurance.
From 1st to 2nd generation: Ethiopian-American families on bridging cultures, Seattle, WA
What are cross-cultural challenges arise for Ethiopian immigrants and their U.S.-born children? Hear from two generations in this film produced by youth in the Ethiopian Community in Seattle through the Multimedia Resources and Training Institute (mmrtiseattle.org).
Outliving the Cycle
This powerful short documentary provokes all of us to ask how we can do better in communities of high incarceration. Filmed in a detention center/prison in Seattle and filmed by a group of young women, this raises the theme of the many unneccesary outcomes found in the incarceration of young people of color.
Partners for Youth Empowerment- The Power of Hope, Whidbey Island, WA: A camp that became a movement
Peggy Taylor's and Charlie Murphy's decision in the early '90s to start a creativity and leadership camp for youth on Whidbey Island blossomed and spread, and has enriched the lives of to influence more than 250,000 young people around the world. "The Power of Hope" shows what vision, hope, love, and perseverance can accomplish when you commit to changing the world.
Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle, WA: A legacy of love and music
The story of Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir she founded in 1975. Thanks to Pat's determination and the power of great music, the choir overcame early setbacks to become a community icon, a beacon of diversity in a segregated place, and a national phenomenon, one fried-chicken-dinner fundraiser at a time.
Lulu Carpenter, a connector through art and love, Seattle, WA
For Lulu Carpenter, a teacher, performing artist, community activist, and radio host, art means transformation and healing. Through the arts and music, she magically weaves connections among diverse kinds of people, including people who are usually overlooked.
Healing Circles, Langley WA: A model of mutual support built on sharing community wisdom
Diana Lindsay's recovery from stage 4 lung cancer gently launched a movement. She and her late husband Kelly founded Healing Circles in Langley, WA, to offer heartful circles of support and community during life's challenges. Inspired by their work and the many volunteers who help it succeed, at least 12 more Healing Circles have been established across the country.
Whidbey Watershed Stewards, Whidbey Island, WA
A teacher’s vision, a living laboratory for students, and a community collaboration serve a watershed and everyone in its community. Their contributions in this natural environment illustrate a new way of stewarding our fragile ecosystem, and some of the challenges of balancing multiple needs.
Methow Conservancy, Winthrop, WA: How focusing on water protection built a common purpose and trust
Can one river bring farming, tourism, residential, and business groups together to support a community's health and sustainability? That's what's happening in Washington's Methow Valley. "The reason I do what I do is that I love this place...That we can bring our diversity to a common goal and achieve it is a big deal."
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition: Seattle, WA's only river gives diverse communities a common cause
From a Superfund hazardous waste site to a community resource—the DRCC has helped its ethnically diverse community build trust around a common purpose: to clean up Seattle's only river and restore its shorelands so it can once again be a beautiful resource for all. EPA meetings in Spanish, translations in Vietnamese, and full support from the Duwamish tribe? That's all happening here.