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Local Hero: Amen Rahh, Transforming Educational Experiences

Amen Rahh is a school principal and founder of the University Pathways Public Service Academy, now considered a model school for building a restorative community.
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Local Hero: Honoree Chancee Martorell, Advocate for the Thai Community

Chancee Martorell is the executive director of the Thai Community Development Center, which she founded in 1994, to improve the lives of Thai immigrants.
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Local Hero: Jeff Collins, Volunteer for All Angelenos

Jeff Collins has a passion for volunteering and serving his community and has dedicated many years to serving veterans, children and the most vulnerable in Los Angeles.
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Local Hero: Sophie Cuevas, the Community Service Link

Sophie Cuevas work with the 211 LA team, a nonprofit that brings community services to Angelenos.
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Meet the Local Heroes 2021 Nominees

Get to know our 2021 Local Heroes nominees and honorees
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Local Hero: Honoree Brandon 'Stix' Salaam-Bailey, Serving the Underserved

Brandon 'Stix' Salaam-Bailey is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, activist and entrepreneur from Watts who founded the Thinkwatts Foundation.
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Meet the Local Heroes 2021 Honorees

Chancee Martorell and Brandon "Stix" Salaam Bailey are 2021's Local Heroes honorees.
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Local Hero: Melissa Demirci, Empowering Engineers

Melissa Demirci is a project manager at an engineering firm and is passionate about empowering and encouraging young women to pursue careers in civil engineering or other STEM-related fields.
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Local Hero: Jack Toan, Disrupting the Cycle of Homelessness

Jack Toan works to help his unhoused neighbors and greater community.
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Local Hero: Becky Dennison, Fighting for Fair Housing

Becky Dennison works at Venice Community Housing, dedicated to expanding and preserving affordable housing in L.A.’s Westside neighborhoods.
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