Lesson Type: Featured Lesson


Faith, Fight, Finish: Dakota Prescott Finds Strength Through His Own Adversity to Advocate and Care for Others

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s good to look to the past for inspiration as well as to those living today who serve to inspire us through their accomplishments and most importantly through their work with helping others. The Walter Payton Man of the Year award is a great opportunity to do this as it is awarded each year to an NFL player who like Walter Payton, the famed running back of the Chicago Bears, excels athletically and in service to others. This year’s recipient is Dakota Prescott. Prescott is the Dallas Cowboys famous quarterback who has overcome significant personal obstacles, and is using what he learned and experienced from his family’s tragedy to help others similarly in need.

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From Poverty to Empowerment: Teaching Tech on Recycled Computers in Kenya

Nelly Cheboi (Che-Voy) grew up in extreme poverty in Kenya, a country in Africa. Despite the challenges she had growing up, Nelly was able to attend college in America where she embraced her education and developed a passion for computers. Cheboi decided that instead of using the skills she learned only for herself, she would also use them to help the people from her hometown in Kenya. 

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The Remarkable Man who Fosters Terminally Ill Children and Loves Them like His Own

November is Adoption Awareness Month and today we’re going to learn about Mohamed Bzeek, a man who has dedicated his life to being a foster parent for children who are terminally ill and have been taken from their parents due to abuse or have been abandoned by their parents. After Bzeek and his wife began adopting children, they had their own biological son who died from a severe illness at the age of four. Bzeek’s wife then also died and despite all of this he has kept going, becoming a foster parent to over 80 orphans—all with terminal illnesses

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Two Young Brothers and a Texas Community Show Us the Value of Family Love and Solidarity

Today we are going to learn about two brothers, 22 year old Jaylan and 12 year old Julian, who’ve faced exceptional challenges in their lives, including the death of both of their parents and a natural disaster that nearly destroyed their home. Let’s see how their perseverance, commitment to each other, and the support of others in their community have enabled them to overcome their challenges.

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Older Students Help a 6th Grade Boy Overcome Bullying and Exclusion

During today’s lesson we are going to look at a case of bullying in Colorado and what some upperclassman, meaning older high school students, did to stop it right in its tracks. It all started when 6th grader Brody Ridder came home from school near the end of last year, and his mom discovered that […]

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Solidarity with Ukraine – College Students Use Technology to Help Refugees Find Housing

Most of us have likely heard about the war in Ukraine and terrible devastation that is occurring.  Sometimes when a very large man-made or natural disaster occurs it is difficult to think about the perspective of individual people living through the disaster.  In today’s lesson, we will practice empathy in learning more about the experiences of individual Ukrainian families and then also how two American teenagers through creativity, wisdom and technology have come up with a way to help people fleeing the war. 

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“I just knew it was me that had to do it” – Courage, Duty and Teamwork Save the Lives of Three Children

Today we’re going to learn about a young woman from Denver whose courage and sense of duty saved the lives of 3 children. Dusti Talavera was in her apartment and noticed 3 children playing on the ice of a pond just outside of her apartment when suddenly the ice gave way and all 3 children plunged into the icy water. Join us to find out how Dusti and many others saved these children’s lives, and how through her example we can be heroes too. 

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