I'm reading a book for a class called Common Fire: leading lives of commitment in a complex world.
It talks about a research project that looks at what sorts of things contribute to people being committed community builders - not just in their family, or their neighborhood, but in a broader sense.
The story of Emmanuel Jal is one about a child who was saved by someone willing to step outside her box. I think just reading the intro and listening to his song Emma is inspiring. Listen to it, and listen to the story if you have a chance. One person can make such a difference. Be the change.