Everyone needs someone to admire. Whether that person is Oprah or Einstein, our heroes set examples
and blaze trails. Without role models, how would we know the great things people are capable of
achieving? Role models give us the confidence we need to cross boundaries and make a difference
in the lives of others.
The Internet has an abundance of sites dedicated to people who represent role models in our lives.
Here are just a few to help you find someone new to admire:
Role Models on the Web
Athletes, humanitarians and movie directors are but a few of the inspirational lives highlighted at this
site. Read profiles of paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve, investigative journalist Diane Sawyer and others
who work to make a difference.
Learn about the lives of Nobel laureates past and present. This site allows visitors to search by name
and read biographies and acceptance speeches.
This site highlights the people Time magazine considers the most influential of the last century. Each
category lists 10 names and profiles of people who pushed the limits of their respective field. Read
articles by today's leaders discussing the impact people like Mother Teresa and Neil Armstrong had on
our everyday lives.
If you are more interested in groups collectively working to make the world better, take a virtual trip to
The Peace Corps claims to be "the toughest job you'll ever love" and if you read the
Volunteer Stories on this site, you'll learn
how tough it really is. The material luxuries are few, but learning this organization's accomplishments
might leave you inspired.
Be sure to read about the issues on the UN's agenda, including peace and human rights. The
UN Works site shows the human face of the UN's accomplishments,
such as a Vietnamese woman who set up a shop with the help of the UN Development Fund.
UN Volunteers work to better the lives of people in 133 developing countries.
American Red Cross
Read about disasters and conflicts around the world where the American Red Cross is bringing aid.
The site's Help Now section breaks down various ways you can contribute to the Red Cross efforts.
Activist members of this organization confront corporations and government leaders, speaking out about
environmental injustice. This site's database allows visitors to track the environmental positions
of many corporations.