“Inspiration, Passion, and Action”
These are the qualities Emcee Danny Glover used to describe the 2011 In Harmony with Hope award honorees before a packed house at Kohl Mansion on September 20, 2011. The annual event, which pays tribute to social innovators working to create real change, took place in Burlingame, California.
Live Stream from Sept. 20, In Harmony with Hope Awards
Brenda Krause Eheart, PhD (Founder), Generations of Hope Development Corporation, generationsofhope.org
Disheartened by the state of the foster care system in this country, Brenda Eheart, who had spent years researching Illinois’ foster care system in her role in academia, conceived of an intentional intergenerational village filled with parents raising and adopting foster children and senior citizens volunteering to help support the kids and the community in exchange for lowered rents. Hope Meadows opened on a closed military base in Illinois in 1994. More than 15 years later, a dozen families live in the community, free of rent. In exchange, they agree to adopt three or four foster care system children who have slim chances of finding permanent homes. Those children, once the most difficult to place, boast a high 89% permanency rate. [read more…]
Jim McCorkell (Founder), College Possible (formerly Admission Possible), collegepossible.org
When Jim McCorkell founded College Possible (AP) in 2000, he joined together his personal knowledge of what it means to grow up in poverty with his belief that education provides the most likely path out of poverty. His goal was to make postsecondary education a reality for the 200,000 at-risk kids each year who graduate high school prepared for college but who, thanks to cultural and functional barriers, aren’t able to get there. College Possible delivers highly personalized support to its 7,000 low-income students in the Twin Cities area, Milwaukee, and, starting this year, in Omaha, Nebraska. McCorkell was the first person in the country to leverage the AmeriCorps service infrastructure for college access, and it is essential to the model’s success. [read more…]
Bill Milliken (Founder), Communities In Schools, communitiesinschools.org
All his life, Bill Milliken had been told he was dumb, so he dropped out of school and began hanging out on the streets. A chance encounter with a caring adult who taught him to believe in a different life story, changed Milliken’s life forever. Within a few years, he and a friend had founded 18 schools they called “street academies” in Harlem. Over the next 30-40 years, his work has evolved into what is now the country’s largest dropout prevention program, Communities In Schools (CIS). It was founded in the belief that programs don’t change kids but relationships do. CIS is a unique community model that forms partnerships between schools, families, and community leaders to build a solid support system for students. [read more…]
About the Event
Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage, and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, among his many film credits are Places in the Heart, Witness, The Color Purple, numerous smaller independent films, and, of course, the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise. A native of San Francisco, Glover found his way to acting through his social activism and work in political theater. Today, Glover is widely respected for his wide-reaching community involvement and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs. Glover served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.
A Moment’s Worth (AMW) consists of six long-time friends from the Bronx, NY, who share an insatiable drive to write, create, and perform uplifting music. The band has released four independent albums. Their most recent release, Start Where You Are, is a testament to their continuing musical evolution and is infused with a message to be true to your inner voice and not let hardships crush your dreams. The members of AMW have channeled their belief in the power of music to transform lives into thoughtful and compelling songwriting that is earning praise and recognition. They have also used their musical prowess to benefit the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, The American Cancer Society, Red Cross Japan, and Mental Health America.
Want to learn more?
Read more about previous honorees by checking out elfenworks.org/awards.