11/03/2010 06:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CNN Hero Hill Harper Helps At-Risk Teens Succeed

Appalled by the nation's alarming drop out rate, actor Hill Harper set his sights on helping at-risk youth stay in school and on a path toward a successful future, CNN reports.

Harper started the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation to inspire teens with summer camps and weekend programs throughout the school year -- both aimed at giving kids positive role models.

CNN honored Harper as a CNN Hero for his accomplishments.