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Amanda Timm is the executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the nation’s largest community development support organization. Timm discovered her passion in graduate school. “When I discovered community development in graduate school — the lightbulb went on — this was the work I was supposed to be doing,” she says. “I had no…

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Lisa Williams is the executive director of Living Water for Girls, a nonprofit organization that cares for victims of sexual exploitation ages 12 to 17. Spurred to start the non-profit organization, after reading an article some years ago in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about abuse, Living Water for Girls cares for up to 10 girls at…

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Music and arts are vital to a child’s education and the benefits are beyond what many imagine. “Statistics and data show that music stimulates the left and right brain, elevating the whole body, mind and spirit toward success,” offers Annette D. Jackson, executive director of The Ken Ford Foundation. The proof of that premise is…

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JaKathryn Ross finds her job as executive director of Youth Entrepreneurs at Georgia-Pacific Corporation fulfilling. It’s “watching the development of the students and seeing them achieve things that they never thought they would and turning their passion, skills and interests into viable businesses that would generate revenue,” that keeps her motivated. Six years ago, Youth…

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