Michael McCall-Delgado, 14, Humacao, Puerto Rico
Michael McCall-Delgado, 14, of Humacao, Puerto Rico, shares his love of books with others by volunteering at the library in the BUCAPLAA Community Center. BUCAPLAA is a cultural center originally created as a meeting area for three urbanizations: Bucaré, Apolo, and Alto Apolo. The center's name is an amalgam of these three sites.
Drew Landry, 13, of Saco, Maine, U.S.
Drew Landry, 13, of Saco, Maine, visits schools to speak about bully prevention and to help children understand what they can do if they are bullied.
Hellene Seleina Rotiken, Narok, Kenya
Hellene Seleina Rotiken, now 20, of Narok, Kenya, volunteered as a peer counselor in Maasai Education Discovery, an organization that has connections in Boston, London, and Narok. It was founded in 1999 by Ledama Olekina, a Maasai from Kenya, to promote education for his people by using technology to promote bicultural education between the Maasai and people of Western nations.
Kennedy Jet Kulish, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Inspired by her younger brother, Kaeden, who was born with a heart defect, Kennedy Jet Kulish, 9, of Lancaster, PA, has been running her "Kisses for Kaeden" campaign for the last three years to raise money for children's health organizations.
Cody Clark, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
Cody Clark, 11, provides "Comfort Kits" to children and seniors in hospitals and nursing homes to help them forget, for a moment, about their illnesses and fears, and to let them know that someone cares about them.
Alex and Nolan Brown
Alex and Nolan Brown, ages 8 and 5, respectively, worried about the children who lost their belongings in Hurricane Katrina, so they collected stuffed animals to send to them.
Stephanie Dummerth, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Camp Sunrise is one of many summer camps organized by local chapters of the American Cancer Society for children with cancer. For the last five years, Stephanie Dummerth, 12, of St. Louis, MO, has volunteered as a junior counselor to provide the children the same carefree experiences she had when she attended the camp in 1998.
Avion Thurmond, Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Eight-year-old Avion Thurmond follows his mother's example of giving back to the community by feeding and preparing food for homeless and needy families, among other activities.
Mitchell Clayton, Dumas, Texas, U.S.
Five-year-old Mitchell Clayton donated some of his playthings to a local museum so it could start a children's center, and now he is saving money to expand the toy selection.
Michael Lang, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Ingraham High School junior Michael Lang, 16, practices social enterprise by selling candy at his school to raise money for local charities. At the same time, his fellow students learn that as socially responsible consumers, their shopping choices can also help social causes.
Jordan Schwartz, Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Twelve-year-old Jordan Schwartz of Marietta, GA, formed a bilingual theater group for children who are learning English or Spanish. She recently added the 2005 Prudential Spirit of Community Award to her growing list of awards and recognition for her community service.
ChaDawn Parker, Chicago, U.S.
ChaDawn Parker, a 21-year-old percussionist and music major, formed a drumline with eight inner-city children from his father's small church in Chicago's West Side. Four years later, the drumline has more than tripled in size and has been invited to play at events throughout the city and the Great Lakes region.
Katharine Mehta, New York, New York, U.S.
Nine-year-old Katharine Mehta walks dogs to raise money for Mighty Mutts, "an all-volunteer, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of the stray animals of New York City."
Kyla Ryan, U.S.
10-year-old Kyla Ryan recruited her peers to raise funds for local charities. Besides feeling good about helping others, she and her friends discovered the benefits of teamwork and learned how to conduct meetings and make decisions about who received their "grants".
Henry Schwartz, of Menomonie, Wisconsin, U.S.
Henry Schwartz, 16, has owned his own skate shop since May 2004. However, he already understands that good business means giving back to his community, in terms of donating merchandise or money to help build skate parks in nearby towns.
D.J. Anderson, of Lanham, Maryland, U.S.
D.J. Anderson, 5, learned about civil war in Liberia by donating school supplies to children in that country through his school's partnership with the Liberian Outreach Program. Below, he and his mom describe the experience.
Manoah Chengeah, Nairobi, Kenya
In Kenya, where abortion is permitted only under certain circumstances, many women undergo unsafe, "back street" procedures, which often lead to life-endangering complications. In the capital city of Nairobi, Manoah Chengeah, 23, is trying to decrease the number of unsafe abortions and abandoned infants by educating young women about their reproductive choices.
Savannah Walters, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Twelve-year-old Savannah Walters is fighting to save the Arctic wilderness by recruiting her peers to educate drivers to keep their tires inflated properly to conserve fuel.
Pat Robert, Kampala, Uganda
Saved from a life in the streets, Pat Robert, 20, now is helping to provide the same services to the next generation of homeless youth.
Hak Bounthavy, Richmond, California, U.S.
Student Hak Bounthavy, 23, of Richmond, Calif., is the executive director of a nonprofit organization that he created to provide recreational activities for low-income, at-risk Southeast Asian refugee children and youth.
Mark Hanis, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Impelled by his family's history of surviving the Holocaust, Swarthmore College (Pa.) student Mark Hanis, 23, has united students and legislators across the U.S. in his efforts to end genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Alex Scott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Four years ago, Alex Scott, now 8, started making and selling lemonade to raise money for the hospital where she was receiving chemotherapy. Her "lemonade stand" has grown into a national fundraising movement to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
Seth Cassel, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
For each book that is purchased through his Web site, tween-teen book reviewer Seth Cassel of Baltimore, MD, earns credit from online bookseller Amazon, which he then uses for underprivileged youth and cash-strapped libraries.
Krystal and Vanessa Brandt, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Krystal, age 18, and her sister Vanessa, age 16, are helping distribute grants while learning about organizations that are serving their community. Read Krystal's and Vanessa's stories!
Ruth Vitsemmo Akumbu, Cameroon, Africa
Ruth Vitsemmo Akumbu, 25, is founder and coordinator of "Seek Ye Multipurpose," a group that helps underprivileged Aku-Fulani girls in Bambili, which is in the Northwest province of Cameroon, Africa.