Philly Rising: Difference Makers from KYW Newsradio

These are the stories that highlight our region's grit and grace - ordinary people of Greater Philadelphia becoming difference-makers.

If you know a difference-maker we should feature in a future "Philly Rising" segment, tell us here!

Shanon Skipworth with mentees.
Antionette Lee/KYW Newsradio
Antionette Lee
January 17, 2020 - 12:16 am
Shanon Skipworth is the founder a nonprofit called You're Beautifully Made. Read more about how she's making a difference in the lives of young girls and women.
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Noel Davis.
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Antionette Lee
January 10, 2020 - 6:30 am
Noel Davis dreamed of becoming an archaeologist since the age of 12. That dream came true, and the Rutgers graduate was able to take her love of digging overseas for excavating projects in Italy and England. But about a year into her first dream job, things took a wrong turn. Read more here.
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Kimberly McGlonn, the founder of the sustainable clothing line Grant Blvd.
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Antionette Lee
December 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
Kimberly McGlonn, the founder of the sustainable clothing line Grant Blvd, is on a mission to change the way we consume fashion. While the cost of fashion is more affordable to Americans today, it comes at a price to the environment. Read more here.
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Beyond the Bars music program.
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Antionette Lee
December 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
Beyond the Bars began as a free music program for juveniles in correctional facilities. It was created to offer an outlet for creativity and expression to those who needed it, and along the way, interrupt cycles of violence and incarceration. Read more here.
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Back in August, the Morris Animal Refuge tweeted a picture of a 26-pound cat that broke the internet and stole tens of thousands of hearts.
Courtesy of Morris Animal Refuge
Antionette Lee
November 22, 2019 - 6:00 am
Back in August, the Morris Animal Refuge tweeted a picture of a 26-pound cat that broke the internet and stole tens of thousands of hearts. Now Sarah and her husband Chris are the lucky couple who get to call Mr. B theirs. And they're using Mr. B's popularity to help more cats find homes. Read more.
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Philly Rising: "Expanding Sanctuary"
Courtesy of Kristal Sotomayor
Antionette Lee
November 14, 2019 - 7:23 am
When Kristal Sotomayor began filming her documentary "Expanding Sanctuary" last year, she had no idea that she would be recording history. The film follows immigrant rights nonprofit Juntos and their campaign to end the sharing of the police database called PARS with Immigration and Custom...
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Left: Ella Stevens and Whimsy Mark-Ockerbloom; right: an image from the book
Courtesy of Ella Stevens and Whimsy Mark-Ockerbloom
Antionette Lee
November 07, 2019 - 7:33 am
Ella Stevens and Whimsy Mark-Ockerbloom are two teens with a big sense of humor, but they’ve accomplished something pretty serious that could have a positive impact for many people who are gender nonbinary — meaning people who don’t identify as male or female.
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Students perform as part of Belmont Voices.
Courtesy of Stephen Pochadt
Antionette Lee
October 31, 2019 - 4:00 am
Philly Rising: Part of a West Philadelphia community is in for a treat every quarter at Belmont Charter School, where students from second to seventh grade get to explore their creativity by putting on a concert called Belmont Voices. Read more here.
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