Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 05:14 PM PDT

Man Volunteers To Clean Up Oakland Street, 36 Years Later, He's Still At It

Man Volunteers To Clean Up Oakland Street, 36 Years Later, He's Still At It

One day in 1979, Michael Lydon was heading home along Piedmont Avenue after helping his retired father maintain the grounds of their local church. He noticed the street was littered with trash, so he began...

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 at 01:09 PM PDT

South Bay Youth Theater Company Born Out Of Young Man's Struggle With Depression

South Bay Youth Theater Company Born Out Of Young Man's Struggle With Depression

Steven Brown says discovering theater saved him from a life with a bleak future. He is hoping his Chrysalis Youth Theater can help others conquer their problems as well.

Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 at 11:46 PM PDT

San Jose Teenager Turns $100 Seed Money Into $34K For Charity

San Jose Teenager Turns $100 Seed Money Into $34K For Charity

Starting with just a bit of money, and a key piece of knowledge, Sonali Ranaweera is doing remarkable things.

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 03:51 PM PST

Retired Engineer Tutors Sick Kids in Math

Retired Engineer Tutors Sick Kids in Math

Surrounded by doctors and nurses busily saving lives at Children's Hospital Oakland, Jerry Brody quietly changes them.

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at 06:32 AM PST

Homecoming King Pays It Forward

Homecoming King Pays It Forward

Brandon Gruber, an 18-year-old with Down Syndrome, says he spent his first three years at Aptos High School as an outsider. His senior year, he decided was going to be different. It certainly has been.

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 05:43 AM PST

Boy Scout Helps Sex Abuse Victims

Boy Scout Helps Sex Abuse Victims

After five years building her nonprofit, The Grateful Garment Project, Lisa Blanchard thought she had seen it all. Then, a Boy Scout knocked on her door.

Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 at 09:18 PM PST

Dream Convinces Aspiring Rapper to Become Superhero

Dream Convinces Aspiring Rapper to Become Superhero

Ricky Mena says his new purpose in life, dressing as Spider-Man to cheer up underprivileged and sick children, was given to him in a dream by his late grandmother.

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM PST

"Wishing Tree" Spreads Holiday Spirit

"Wishing Tree" Spreads Holiday Spirit

Four years ago, Vanessa Sabarese read a book about the power of wish-making to change one's life. It's a lesson she has been sharing with her Noe Valley neighbors with great success.

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM PST

SJ Woman Running From NY to Bay Area to Support Navy Seals

SJ Woman Running From NY to Bay Area to Support Navy Seals

Christina Lee has been on the road for the over four months, running across more than a dozen states and covering 2,700 miles, in honor of the Navy Seals. She hopes her journey from New York to the Bay Area will...

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 09:48 AM PDT

Teacher Spends Thousands On Music Equipment For Students

Teacher Spends Thousands On Music Equipment For Students

Tim Wilson is determined to give his middle school students all the advantages they deserve no matter how much of his time, or money, it takes.

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas@nbc.com