Cleaning up Latvia's coastline08/13/14
Uldis Mors organizes group expeditions along Latvia's Baltic Sea coast. He hopes to raise awareness about the level of pollution in the sea, and persuade the public that the local marine ecosystem is worth protecting.
Keeping teens off the streets with music
Richmond in California is known for homicides and gang violence. But one young man has found a way to keep teenagers off the streets and out of trouble - using music.
Direct democracy via smartphone
Pia in Argentina has helped create an open-source tool that allows people to debate political issues on their mobile phones. It could revolutionize the way people engage with politics - and cast their vote.
Chilean architect teaches locals to build sustainable homes
When fires tore through a poor area of Chile, residents were devastated. Now Carolina, a 28-year-old architect, is teaching them to rebuild efficient, sustainable homes that will last for a long time.
Soccer mentor gives future stars plan B
Some of the young soccer stars Angelo trains in his spare time go on to become big stars in Germany. For Angelo, though, it's important that they learn to become more than football players.
Afghan stitchery brings color to Germany, hope back home
Many of the women and children in Afghanistan lack the education to get good jobs and put enough food on the table. One German-Afghan student's plan to help is also making Germany's fashion more colorful.
Somali activist campaigns against female genital mutilation
The practice of cutting the sex organs of young girls, also known as female genital mutilation - or FGM - is still practiced around the world. One Somali woman is campaigning to stop FGM, despite extreme opposition.
Soccer gives refugees in San Diego a chance
Mark from San Diego saw the barriers the young refugees in his city were facing. So he founded an organization that uses soccer to boost their self-confidence, and help them make friends and do better in school.
LGBT activist promotes respect in Parisian schools
When Gary Roustan visits school classes in Paris, he's the first gay person some of the students have met. As the president of an LGBT organization, he's fighting homophobia - a year after France legalized gay marriage.
Upcycler in Nigeria weaves colorful livelihood
Esther in Nigeria helps others in her community upcycle for a living. She's trained more than 100 low-income women to turn textile scraps into beautiful rugs, which are now being sold all over the world.
Saving France's beaches from a plastic invasion
Charlo is on a mission to protect France's coastal environment from an invasion of plastic filters. He's been removing as many as possible from the beaches and trying to find out where exactly they're coming from.
Rebuilding houses in the Philippines
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, a 27-year-old woman from Poland put her career as a lawyer on hold and moved to Bantayan Island to help organize aid logistics, health care, and new shelters for the locals.
Saving Germany’s midwives
There are 21,000 midwives in Germany, but the profession is under threat due to rapidly increasing insurance costs. One young German mother is determined to rescue her country's midwives.
Fighting cancer with dreadlocks
A woman in the Netherlands spent 10 years growing her meter-long dreadlocks, but now she wants to shave them off. It's not a fashion statement - it's to raise money to fight cancer.
German cyclist gives used bikes new purpose in Africa
A young German cyclist repairs used bikes and ships them to African countries. There, they're not just a way to get some exercise, but can be an essential means of transportation for small business owners.
Inventor's deposit ring puts change in a bottle
Paul, a 25-year-old product designer, was bothered by all the deposit bottles he saw being thrown away, so he came up with a brilliant idea that's been catching on, not only in Cologne, but across Germany.
Giving the homeless a voice
Homeless people are among the most marginalized in society. A Paris high school student wanted to change that, so he created a way for the less fortunate to share their stories online.
Improving water quality in Uganda
Having clean water in our homes is a luxury almost 800 million people around the world don't have. A German medical student is changing that for Ugandans by building wells and water tanks with a local NGO.
Chilean teen fights homophobia with education
Alberto, 18, is determined to put an end to homophobia and discrimination in Chile. The answer, he says, lies in education. First, he's tackling the curriculum at his own high school.
Germany's bureaucracy buddy
In Germany, official paperwork like filing for unemployment benefits and signing leases can be complicated. Diana from Cologne gave up a well-paying job to help others navigate German bureaucracy.