Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 01:18 PM PDT

Pacifica 12-Year-Old Aims To Raise $10K To Help Kids Get To Camp

Pacifica 12-Year-Old Aims To Raise $10K To Help Kids Get To Camp

Cash Ashkinos was crushed when his parents told him the summer camp of choice was too expensive. He then got creative to not only solve his problem, but help others do the same.

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 06:22 PM PDT

San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

The first white cane for the blind was introduced close to a century ago. Raghav Ganesh thought it was about time for an upgrade.

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 at 06:41 AM PDT

The Power of Zen Doodling

The Power of Zen Doodling

Nancy Domnauer believes our brains are under assault in the modern world. She thinks Zen Doodling is a great way to fight back.

Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 at 05:27 PM PDT

Teen's Life-Bettering Inventions Rake in Awards

Teen's Life-Bettering Inventions Rake in Awards

Maya Varma has been cleaning up at science fairs since the 6th grade. Every time she wins, we all do.

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 03:30 PM PDT

Petaluma Family Graduates 12th Child From 4-Year College (2009)

Petaluma Family Graduates 12th Child From 4-Year College (2009)

After paying college tuition for close to 30 years straight, the Maloney family of Petaluma is convinced life is not "cheaper by the dozen."

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 07:44 AM PDT

Teen Finds Remedy In Punk Rock After Friends' Suicides

Teen Finds Remedy In Punk Rock After Friends' Suicides

After the deaths of two friends to suicide, Rico Colley spent a year wondering if there were anything he could do to help. The answer, he discovered, was in his hands the whole time.

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM PDT

Former Intel Executive, Stroke Survivor, Embarking On Epic Bike Ride

Former Intel Executive, Stroke Survivor, Embarking On Epic Bike Ride

Sean Maloney is constantly telling stroke survivors they can come back from there illness. He is going to spend the next two months proving it.

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM PDT

South Bay Man Forgoes Business Career to Help Foster Kids

South Bay Man Forgoes Business Career to Help Foster Kids

Andre Chapman was well on his way to a successful, and lucrative, career in technology, until he learned more about the struggles of children who age out of the foster care system. He decided to change his life,

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.

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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@nbcuni.com