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Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:48 PM PDT

No Course? No Problem. Fremont High School Student Creates Own AP Course, Thousands Enroll

No Course? No Problem. Fremont High School Student Creates Own AP Course, Thousands Enroll

Washington High School in Fremont had everything Moksh Jawa was looking for in a high school. Everything, that is, except one thing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:29 AM PDT

A Beautiful Tradition: Woman Helps Juvenile Offenders Show Love For Their Mothers For Past 20 Years

A Beautiful Tradition: Woman Helps Juvenile Offenders Show Love For Their Mothers For Past 20 Years

Megan Williams helps the young men and woman at Santa Clara County's Juvenile Hall create floral bouquets to give to their mothers for Mother's Day.

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM PDT

South Bay Mom's Own Story Motivates Her To Help Mothers Suffering From Depression, Anxiety

South Bay Mom's Own Story Motivates Her To Help Mothers Suffering From Depression, Anxiety

Cheryl Hart says one in seven mothers will suffer from post-partum depression or anxiety. Cheryl knows, she says, because she was one.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM PDT

"A Piece Of My Soul Was Filled:" San Ramon Man Who Says Guide Dog Changed His Life Now Giving Back

"A Piece Of My Soul Was Filled:" San Ramon Man Who Says Guide Dog Changed His Life Now Giving Back

Tom Kowalski and his guide dog, Dynamo, raised enough money to pay for three years rent for one of the Guide Dogs For The Blind's meeting places.

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 03:53 PM PDT

"I Want Them To Have Everything I Had:" Oakland Teacher Crowdfunds To Save Seniors' Prom

"I Want Them To Have Everything I Had:" Oakland Teacher Crowdfunds To Save Seniors' Prom

Elle Jones believes the Castlemont High School class of 2016 deserves a celebration worthy of their achievement.

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM PDT

San Mateo Woman Building Tiny Home In Driveway To Deliver To Homeless Friend

San Mateo Woman Building Tiny Home In Driveway To Deliver To Homeless Friend

Lisa Kolvites knows she can't help every homeless person in San Francisco. That won't stop her from helping just one, though.

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM PDT

Coding For A Cause: Santa Clara University Students Give Up A Night's Sleep To Create Technology Addressing Social Need

Coding For A Cause: Santa Clara University Students Give Up A Night's Sleep To Create Technology Addressing Social Need

In Broncohack 2016, close to 100 Santa Clara University students had 24 hours to create a program or app that would help address a social need.

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 at 01:22 PM PDT

East Bay Marine Who Once Put Life On Hold To Help Fellow Veteran, Now Helping Hundreds Every Year

East Bay Marine Who Once Put Life On Hold To Help Fellow Veteran, Now Helping Hundreds Every Year

Catherine Martinelli-Banks says she is a much better veteran than she ever was a Marine. Perhaps that is because she is one, amazing vet.

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 02:31 PM PDT

San Francisco Couple's European Vacation Takes Unexpected, Humanitarian Turn

San Francisco Couple's European Vacation Takes Unexpected, Humanitarian Turn

Xander Schultz and Zoë Pappis went to Italy to see the sights. The ended up witnessing tragedy, instead. They are now back home and looking to help.

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 01:22 PM PDT

Spectacular, Yearly Backyard Flower Display Takes On New, Deeper Meaning

Spectacular, Yearly Backyard Flower Display Takes On New, Deeper Meaning

For years, Rich Santoro, aka "The Bulb Guy," has been wowing visitors with his colorful backyard flower display, never asking for anything in return. He'd like something now, though: help fighting childhood...

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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