Pretty Much A No-Brainer. So Why Do So Many People WITH Brains Forget To Add This To Their Videos?

It's one of the quickest ways to help many, many more people to see, like, comment on, and share. #WithCaptions.

Pretty Much A No-Brainer. So Why Do So Many People WITH Brains Forget To Add This To Their Videos?

Upworthy started adding transcripts to our videos a long time ago, and we've received a lot of positive feedback about that. But there's another way that content creators — those who make videos — can make it easy, too. Quite simply: captions.

Try reading captions on YouTube videos when they haven't been edited by the makers of the video (basically, when YouTube's computer tries to, umm, "read" what's being said). The results are often ... comical at best.

What does that mean for folks with hearing problems trying to understand what's going on in the clip? It means millions are missing out at a time when, if anything, the Internet needs to be more inclusive, not less. YouTube has made it really easy for content creators to do this, so how about we get them to start using it, y'all?

Let's do it #WithCaptions.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.