Gamechangers

Rasheena Phinisee
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Cherri Gregg
February 22, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Rasheena Phinisee is a force when it comes to organ donation. Her motivation is personal: Her daughter Assiah went into liver failure as an infant. "Me being a first-time mom, it was a very traumatizing experience," Phinisee said. "The journey in the beginning was...
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Tatiana Mitchell
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Cherri Gregg
February 21, 2019 - 6:00 am
CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — For Tatiana Mitchell , helping others is personal. "I've been through the fire," she said. Mitchell founded the #NoBrakes organization, which fosters resilience and a "keep-going-despite-the-odds" spirit in her native city of Camden. " 'No brakes' means no matter the...
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Dr. Wesley Proctor
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February 20, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dr. Wesley Proctor is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. As founder of Wesley Proctor Ministries , the Southwest Philadelphia native's charitable focus is helping those who give back get focused. "They say I'm the nonprofit guy," he said. "I help everyday community...
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 Jordan Grabelle, 14, has spent half of her life promoting literacy.
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February 19, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jordan Grabelle, 14, has spent half of her life promoting literacy. It all began at age 7, when she volunteered for her sister Alexa's effort, called Bag of Books. Over the years, as Jordan helped distribute books, she noticed a problem among younger kids in at-risk...
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G. Lamar Stewart
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February 18, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gregory Lamar Stewart is changing the game by shifting the community's perception of police. "As an African-American man, I understand the perception," noted Stewart, who works as the divisional community relations officer for the Philadelphia Police Department. "...
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Reuben Jones
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Cherri Gregg
February 15, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Reuben Jones is used to being on the front lines. As founder of Frontline Dads, Inc. , he is a father, activist, mentor and change-maker. "I work to give voice to that experience, saying we are people too," he said. That experience comes from his 15 years behind bars...
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Gerald Dessus
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February 14, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gerald Dessus, a social justice educator at Mastery Charter School's Shoemaker Campus , is training the next generation of "woke warriors." "It's been a journey," said Dessus, who was hired to design the school's social justice curriculum three years ago by the...
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Keon Gerow
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February 13, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Keon Gerow, pastor of Catalyst Church in West Philadelphia, describes his congregation as one of activism and progress. The Morehouse College and Princeton University graduate grew up in poverty in Baltimore. He did not know his father, but his single mother, despite...
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Carla Clanagan founded In His Eyes Outreach.
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February 12, 2019 - 6:00 am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Carla Clanagan founded In His Eyes Outreach , an organization dedicated to educating and supporting women who are incarcerated or re-entering society. "We found that they don't have any support," said Clanagan, who began working in the prisons in 2007. "Women would...
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