The Power of Hope. When Shanterra McBride worked at DC's Ballou High School, her job was to get students involved in the community, but kids started coming to her with personal problems. She started a girls' group called Sisters Taking Another Route. Now a leader of the Empower Program, a nonprofit devoted to ending youth violence, McBride, 30, travels the country talking to students, teachers, parents, and organizations about cliques, bullying, and harassment. Says McBride, who wants to start a girls' faith-based organization: "My purpose is to give young people hope."
Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl. Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.