Upstanders

Upstanders

United States

A unique collection of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Upstanders help inspire us to be better citizens. A Starbucks original series narrated by SuChin Pak.

Episodes

The Hunger Hack  

In the United States, 40 percent of the food supply is wasted. College student Maria Rose Belding created a web-based solution that saves tens of thousands of pounds of food each year. 

Building Homes Building Lives  

After spending his teenage years in and out of jail, Robert Clark turned his life around. Now he’s committed himself to helping the at-risk youth of Newark do the same, by leading them in building homes for poor families. 

The Kids Who Killed an Incinerator  

Seventeen-year-old Destiny Watford’s decision to stand up for her community and oppose the construction of an incinerator led to an improbable series of events that would stun her neighbors and everyone connected with the project. 

The Kids Who Killed an Incinerator  

Seventeen-year-old Destiny Watford’s decision to stand up for her community and oppose the construction of an incinerator led to an improbable series of events that would stun her neighbors and everyone connected with the project. 

Breaking the Prison Pipeline  

Susan Burton, who spent years in prison, is determined to keep other female ex-convicts from returning to prison by giving them a place to live that’s free of drugs, alcohol and abusive relationships. She has helped hundreds of them start new lives. 

A Warrior’s Workout  

Former pro football player David Vobora gave up a lucrative career in the NFL to work with wounded warriors. His workouts have brought them new strength and inspiration.

The Empathetic Police Academy  

Susan Rahr is transforming the way police officers are trained in Washington State. Instead of preparing them to wage a war on crime, she wants them to become guardians of the community. 

Homes for Everyone  

Faced with a growing homeless population, Utah changed the way it provides shelter to those on the streets. Under Lloyd Pendleton’s leadership, the state has reduced its chronic homeless population by 91 percent. 

Scholarships for Every Student  

In Baldwin, Michigan, college wasn’t in the cards for most high-school graduates... until residents did something remarkable: They banded together and raised enough money to provide every student with a scholarship. 

The Mosque Across the Street  

When an Islamic center purchased a plot of land opposite a church in Memphis, Tennessee, the local Muslim community expected hostility. Pastor Steve Stone had something else in mind.

The Empathetic Police Academy  

Susan Rahr is transforming the way police officers are trained in Washington State. Instead of preparing them to wage a war on crime, she wants them to become guardians of the community. 

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