Category Archives: Stereotype busters

Vanessa Nunez

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/24/art.vanessa.jpg caption=”Vanessa Nunez, 19, found academic success with the help of Genesys Works.”] If Vanessa Nunez needed school supplies, she needed to buy them herself. Same went for food and clothes. She started working, busing tables at a … Continue reading

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Matt Certner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/01/art.certner.jpg caption=”Matt Certner, 18, founded the Sports Clinic for Children with Special Needs.”] Mikey and Matt were best friends. They vacationed together, they played sports together. But when Mikey was diagnosed with autism, the dynamics changed. “Particularly when … Continue reading

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Zach Bonner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/03/art.zach.jpg caption=”Zach Bonner, 11, is walking to the White House to raise awareness of homless children in the U.S.”] It all started during Hurricane Charlie. Zach Bonner, then just 6 years old, took his little red wagon door … Continue reading

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Winnie Phan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/29/art.winnie.phan.jpg caption=”Winnie Phan, 16, educates kids on the importance of staying in school.”] Winnie Phan grew up in a troubled home. Her parents didn’t support her education or give her the opportunities other kids her age enjoyed. By … Continue reading

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McKay Hatch

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/08/art2.mckay.hatch.computer.jpg caption=”McKay Hatch, 16, encourages children and adults to avoid using profanity.”] &*$%! Yup, it’s pretty common to hear four-letter words in school hallways. Some kids want to be cool by cussing like their friends. Some hear it … Continue reading

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Jessica Cox

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/22/art.cox.plane.gif caption=”Jessica Cox, 25, born without arms, is training to become a sport pilot instructor.”] Whether it’s swimming, gymnastics or tap dancing as a kid or driving and flying as a young adult, this girl does it all, … Continue reading

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J.R. Martinez

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/15/knowjr.art.jpg caption=”J.R. Martinez, 25, is a national spokesperson for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.”] J.R. Martinez wanted to give back to the country that gave him and his family so much. The 25-year-old enlisted in the U.S. … Continue reading

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