An initiative of the nonprofit Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance

A2A Stories (noun, pl): inspiring personal accounts of individuals who have turned some form of adversity into some form of advocacy on behalf of others with similar adversities.


A2A Spotlight

Each week, A2A founder and KCBS Radio news anchor Jeff Bell profiles a remarkable individual who has turned a physical, mental, or other life challenge into advocacy on behalf of others facing a similar challenge. These 90-second audio features air on KCBS Radio in San Francisco and are distributed nationally by CBS News Radio.

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A2A Stories Podcast

While our A2A Spotlight features introduce radio listeners to some of the nation’s leading adversity-driven advocates, our weekly From Adversity to Advocacy Podcasts provide in-depth conversations with these same remarkable individuals. Hosted by A2A founder Jeff Bell, our podcasts are distributed nationally by

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Psychology Today

A2A’s Psychology Today blog explores the power of turning adversity into advocacy and the emerging science behind the notion that “we help ourselves by helping others”. Our blogs showcase research on the transformative power of service, purpose, resilience, and empathy.

1-on-1 Interviews

A2A’s 1-on-1 interviews, conducted by professional journalists, offer emerging adversity-driven advocates a chance to share their stories—often for the first time with a national audience. The series also includes conversations with leading researchers who are studying the power of service, purpose, resilience, and empathy.

The Mighty

A2A has partnered with The Mighty for a FaceTime Live Stream initiative through which adversity-driven advocates share their inspiring stories live and take questions from online viewers.


Help Us Share A2A Stories

Our goal is to share A2A stories with as many people as possible, and we need YOUR help to do this! Please take just a few minutes to watch our A2A Stories video and learn more about the power of turning adversity into advocacy. We know you’ll be inspired, and we hope you’ll consider donating to The A2A Alliance to help us spread hope around the world!


A2A Alliance


The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges. To this end, A2A has three primary objectives: (1) Network and support inspiring individuals who have turned adversity into advocacy; (2) Provide pathways to advocacy for anyone facing adversity; and (3) Showcase the proven power of turning adversity into advocacy.