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CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

While working on her dissertation, Stackable surprised learned that her homeland in Oklahoma has the highest female prison rate in America. Here, the prisoners meditate and stretch before their creative writing class with Stackable. "It's a sacred place to write and you can feel free to share your writing and trust people in a place where nobody trusts anyone," says Stackable.

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

The non-profit organization has helped redistribute more than 1.8 million pounds of food from 2015. "MEANS aims to facilitate food donation rather than throw it into landfills. We are like a bridge that does not exist before," says Belding .

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

Mickelson was shocked to learn that there were children in town who needed to sleep on the floor because they did not have beds. "There are kids next to them, whose parents are just fighting to put food on the table, clothes on their backs, a roof over their heads," says Mickelson. "A bed was just a luxury." Using the security instructions and his daughter's bunk as a model, Mickelson began using his own money to buy wood and supplies for bedding for these children.

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

Far from home and their loved ones and incapable of paying for a place to stay in Lima, many families were found homeless while fighting for the lives of their children. Seeing the situation every day, Pun-Chong has decided to start a shelter. "The shelter is a very special place," he says. "We did not just want people to sleep and food for food, we also wanted to create a place to help the children to heal. It is a place with a lot of love."

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

Gore sees the impact of violence among young people near the ER. "The conflict can not be avoided, but the violent conflict is," says Gore. "When you see a lot of injuries happening at work or in the neighborhood, you realize that" I do not want this to happen ". So, in 2009, Gore and a handful of volunteers started KAVI to work with high-risk students, teach them mediation and conflict resolution.

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

Ajayi-Akinfolarin quit her career to teach computer programming to girls in Lagos, where Facebook and Google opened offices this year. A 2013 survey found that less than 8% of Nigerian women are employed in professional, managerial or technological jobs. Ajayi-Akinfolarin hopes to change this statistic. "One thing I want to keep my girls is, no matter where they come from, they can do it," he says. "They are coders, they are thinkers, their future is bright."

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

As a teenager, Munsey was engaged in a prostitution in Southern California, where he learned of first-hand abuse of young women. Eventually he managed to escape the world to become a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. "I always knew God would use that time that somehow prevented me, I was not just wasting time," he says.

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

In 2015, Stout and some friends left their jobs and started the Community Veterans Program, which created a small home village for homeless veterinarians. The team also links veterinarians with life-changing services. The first 13 small houses opened in January and another 13 will be completed this November. "It provides all these children who have to live with dignity, safely, and then correct what got them there first," he says.

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

CNN Heroes: Takes action to make changes

Boxtel survived a terrible ski accident and her doctors said she would not walk again. He refuted these expectations with the help of machines called organic ecosystem jewelry, which inspired Boxtel to create Bionics Bionics. "People must begin to believe in themselves and their potential." Life is not over, it can still recover, "says Boxtel.