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Helice "Sparky" Bridges is "The First Lady of Acknowledgement," "Mother Teresa of Self-Esteem," "The Blue Ribbon Lady," and the Founder of Difference Makers International, a non-profit organization that empowers kids to lead extraordinary lives one kid, one community, one nation at a time.

"Sparky" is the creator of the world famous "Who I Am Makes A Difference"™ Blue Ribbon, "One-Minute 10-Step Blue Ribbon Ceremony"™ and "Standing Strong Together"™ Community Building Youth Program for teens and adults.

"Sparky" ignites the human spirit and brings out the greatness of all people. She has received recognition along with former First Lady Barbara Bush, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Oliver Stone for her work in raising the self-esteem of children and adults.

Sparky's signature "Who I Am Makes A Difference" ™ Blue Ribbon story has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and made into a television movie, DVD, and You Tube video with over 3 million views in three months. Sparky's "Who I Am Makes A Difference" ™ Blue Ribbon DVD and You Tube video was produced by Mary Robinson Reynold's company, Heart Productions & Publishing.

Her work has been featured in Women's World magazine and her music has been played on ABC's 20/20. Sparky is the recipient of the prestigious Gandhi Nonviolence Award.

In 1983, "Sparky" founded Difference Makers International, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping children of all ages reach their highest potential. Difference Maker's work has impacted over 30 million people worldwide, averting teen suicides, ending bullying, enhancing academic excellence, building positive relationships, and making dreams come true.

"Helice 'Sparky' Bridges follows in the footsteps of great leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Her powerful acknowledgement system gives children and adult of all ages the long overdue right to be appreciated, respected, loved and nurtured by the society in which we live."

- Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Success Principles. 

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