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First Person Valerie Watson

First Person: Valerie Watson turns curbs into parks

Turning what once was a space for two cars to park into a parklet where people can "hang out and enjoy the street life of downtown Los Angeles."
Dr. Sophia Momand
Momand's work with the homeless is partly driven by her Muslim faith, which stresses the need to actively help others.
First Person: People's Yoga brings yoga to East LA

First Person: Leah Gallegos brings yoga to East LA

At People's Yoga young Chicanas practice alongside elderly Japanese women. They may speak different languages, but they are "creating a community together."
First Person LaVal Brewer
Brewer heads Playworks Southern California, which works at increasing play at schools, with the goal of improving overall behavior and academic performance.
First Person Dr. Natalie Nevins
Nevins is a whirlwind of activity, overseeing residents at a Downey hospital, organizing huge free clinics, leading medical teams abroad and heading a wellness center.
First Person: Carlos Morales credits cycling for saving his life
When Morales founded the Eastside Bike Club in 2008, he weighed 400 pounds. Today he's fit and healthy, and using biking to spread the gospel of healthy living.
First Person Luke Quezada
Discarded materials in his family's backyard are transformed into a 'book swap library.'
First Person - Corazon Navarro
Many of the pregnant prisoners at the California Institute for Women in Chino have had no previous prenatal care, and are struggling with drug abuse/and or STD's.
Dr. Jimenez St. Francis Hospital
Trauma surgeon Michael Jimenez believes he has a responsibility to try to persuade the gang members he treats to turn away from gang life.
Grossing Guard Community Health
Retired dentist Tony Abdalla is the crossing guard at Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena. He seems to know every kid and parent by name.