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Doing Big Things with Small Boats

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation offers paid work-based apprentice programs in boatbuilding to help disadvantaged youths develop the discipline, self confidence, workshop and social skills necessary to compete their GED and find a job. Watch video

 

 

 

Turning a Dream into Reality in Springfield

Walking around her store, draped in a blue sari, Veena Mahendru, 57, arranges jewelry: bracelets in various colors, surrounded by shiny, gold earrings, making sure everything remains in perfect shape for her customers. Full article and video

Redefining trash to make a statement
Ask them what they do and they’ll tell you a lot: they take what stores throw out and use it themselves or donate it; they do their part (however small in number they may be) to chip away at what they see as mountains of waste; they try to live their lives in ways that fall outside the cycle of consumerism. (Video, article)

ArtGehna Fabrics Turning a dream into reality in Springfield
Born and raised in Bombay, India, Veena became a textile designer, but it wasn’t until she and her family moved to the United States where her dreams of owning a store would become a reality. (Article)

Georgetown South: Community at the Crossroads
Story of a DC neighborhood that has seen both good times and bad. (Video)

Against the Grain
A story of a community activist that faces social alienation as he speaks out against racism and other civil ills. (Video)

Doing Big Things with Small Boats
The Alexandria Seaport Foundation offers paid work-based apprentice programs in boatbuilding to help disadvantaged youths develop the discipline, self confidence, workshop and social skills necessary to compete their GED and find a job. (Video)

There and Back Again
As one of the 500,00 American veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Laura Pratt tells her story of slow but promising recovery through the practice of yoga and meditation.