Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM PDT

Alameda County School Helps Break School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alameda County School Helps Break School-To-Prison Pipeline

When an Alameda County Juvenile Court judge sentenced Dexter Harris to Camp Wilmont Sweeney, the young man had no idea what lucky break he had just gotten.

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 08:31 PM PDT

Artist Helps Neighbors Recover Treasures Lost in Napa Quake

Artist Helps Neighbors Recover Treasures Lost in Napa Quake

Sherry Tobin says art has always been a form of therapy for her. Perhaps, she thought, it could do the same for her Vallejo neighbors still recovering from the South Napa earthquake.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 08:34 AM PDT

Long, Slow Chase Helps SCUBA Club Members Catch Monterey Bay Fish Poachers

Long, Slow Chase Helps SCUBA Club Members Catch Monterey Bay Fish Poachers

After just his first SCUBA dive three years ago, Bill Shephard fell in love with the underwater world, He will, apparently, go to great lengths to protect it.

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 08:02 AM PDT

Gilroy Family's "Fluttering" Fundraiser Spreads Nationwide In Memory Of Late Daughter

Gilroy Family's "Fluttering" Fundraiser Spreads Nationwide In Memory Of Late Daughter

In the days before her daughter's death, Libby Kranz promised to do everything in her power to help in the fight against pediatric cancer. "Fluttering" is her latest contribution.

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM PDT

In Spite Of Quake, Show Goes On to Aid Ailing Musician

In Spite Of Quake, Show Goes On to Aid Ailing Musician

Herman Wilson has spent a lifetime backing up Bay Area musicians. Sunday night in Vallejo, they had his back.

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM PDT

San Jose Teen Led Search for Missing Plane

San Jose Teen Led Search for Missing Plane

When a plane carrying five members of a South Bay family crashed in December, more than 2,000 people joined a Facebook group to help scour satellite images for signs of where the plane went down. Very few of...

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 07:16 AM PDT

Oakland Tech Teacher Honored For Mentoring Program

Oakland Tech Teacher Honored For Mentoring Program

As a college athlete, Keith Debro once had dreams of playing professional baseball. It took decades, but the call finally came. For a very different reason.

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM PDT

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Pleasanton Man's Colorful Gesture To Make Sick Wife Smile Inspires Hundreds To Join Him

Valerie Brosdal admits the month following her cancer diagnosis was a dark time. All her husband, Ralph Kapostins, wanted to do was make her smile. He had no idea so many others would want to help him.

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM PDT

Cupertino Teen Rallies Community To Buy Wheelchair For Best Friend's Paralyzed Father

Cupertino Teen Rallies Community To Buy Wheelchair For Best Friend's Paralyzed Father

When Ishan Sharma learned his best friend's family couldn't afford a motorized wheelchair for his newly-paralyzed father, he vowed to help. This past Monday, he delivered.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM PDT

SJSU Undergrad Makes Rare Galactic Discovery, Is Then Topped By Classmate

SJSU Undergrad Makes Rare Galactic Discovery, Is Then Topped By Classmate

When San Jose State senior Richard Vo identified an ultra compact dwarf galaxy earlier this year, it was the densest collection of stars ever discovered in the universe. That is, it was until his classmate,...

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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