Encore Stories

Our encores are creating a better future
for our communities and the world.

This former corrections officer uses traditional African rites of passage to help black youth avoid jail and teen pregnancy.

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Alexandreena Dixon

Suffern, NY

Her family fled Vietnam for the U.S. Now she helps other immigrants integrate into American life. 

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Anh Nguyet Tranh

Grand Rapids, MI

She used her investigative journalism skills to create a website that helps consumers understand complicated issues and avoid scams.

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Barbara Nevins Taylor

New York, NY

She was an immigrant who became a citizen. In her encore, she helps Chinese-speaking immigrants do the same.

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Bonnie Chang

Houston, TX

He creates books that "speak" so people in low-literacy nations can improve their health.

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Brian Julius

Hilton Head Island, SC

She’s using an innovative concept to help solve the low-income housing crisis facing her community.

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Carrie Franzwa

Lebanon, OR

This epidemiologist teaches communities how to use pain medication more safely and recognize and reverse an opioid overdose.

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Catherine Sanford

Durham, NC

She used the performing arts to build bridges between youth from different minority groups in St. Louis.

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Cecilia Nadal

St. Louis, MO

Char Williams always wanted to become a foster mom. In her encore, she’s doing the next best thing.

She works as a CASA volunteer, a court-appointed special advocate for children in foster care. “We are not lawyers. We are the voice of the children,” says Char.

Read about the difference she and thousands of other CASA volunteers nationwide are making in kids’ lives.

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Char Williams

Tennessee Colony, TX
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