The work we do wouldn’t be possible without input from people like you from over 100 countries around the world. This year, we heard from thousands of you, from our home here on the South Side to the small islands of Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba. Explore some of the stories we heard, then tell us how you’re pledging to make your community better in the year to come.

Your Voice

I want to ensure black male teachers have an opportunity and forum to control and determine our own narrative as critical contributors to the education of our children.

Jabali S., Brooklyn, NY

Using her love of dance and music to make a positive difference in the lives of others, Tanji Harper started The Happiness Club — a performance group and arts and education program — for Chicago-area youth of all ages.

I teach my daughters to be fierce and challenge everything!

Rachel W. (United Kingdom) on how she's making her community a better place

Many communities across the country don't have a place where people can go grab an affordable healthy meal. This mother and daughter decided to fix that problem in their neighborhood.

After losing 16 people in his life to suicide, Jonny Boucher dedicated himself to creating a new kind of café—a space where people could grab a cup of coffee and also know they're not alone. Sip of Hope is located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and 100 percent of its proceeds support proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. [Note: This interview contains a personal story that involves suicide and may be upsetting to some.]

I use my voice for the people who can't speak up.

Rossy E. (Northridge, CA) on how she's making her community a better place

Sarah Ward started SkyART—a non-profit that offers free visual arts programming for young people on the South Side of Chicago—to help children get in touch with their creativity and while encouraging them to tap into their imagination, explore new paths, and express themselves fully.

To make a difference in my community, I started a group called Courageously Connected in Tallahassee, Florida, whose mission is to connect minorities so that we can bring financial resources to our own communities.

Constance C., Tallahassee, FL

I'm going to step out of my comfort zone and volunteer more within my community.

Angelica L. (Phoenix, AZ) on how she's going to get involved in her community

Using his artwork as a celebration of the human spirit and as an example of the positivity that can arise from adversity, Antonio Davis inspires children in his community to contribute in unique, meaningful ways.

Your Commitment