I attended the preview screening for “Black in America 2, Soledad O’Brien Reports”, a CNN four-hour documentary that premieres on July 22 with “Tomorrow’s Leaders” and July 23 with “Today’s Pioneers.” I encourage you to watch this two-part series as it features extraordinary programs that serve as highly successful and replicable models. While I was inspired by all six, I was particularly touched by an initiative Malaak Compton-Rock started at the Bushwick Brooklyn Salvation Army Community Center called Journey for Change. Thirty children were chosen to participate. First they served their own community and then had a two-week service trip to a South African township. Read the Journey for Change blog to see what these kids have learned and what they are doing now. What I think is most significant about her program is the paradigm shift it offers for young people, ages 12 to 16, who become empowered by providing community service. When asked in the Q&A segment why Malaak chose working with the Bushwick Center it was because her husband, Chris Rock, went there when he was a kid, a living example about how youth empowerment programs truly can be transformative.