'Thulani Madondo: A hero?'
A South African man from Kliptown in Soweto is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year award
The annual campaign honours everyday people doing good deeds in their communities.
Madondo, from the Kliptown Youth Programme, was one of 45,000 nominees from more than 100 countries.
Winners are decided by public vote. The winners will be announced on 2 December.
Madondo's project helps 400 youths with academic support, meals and after-school activities.
It is funded by corporate and private donations.
Madondo, 30, grew up in a family of nine, and he became the first member of his family to graduate from high school.
"We didn't want to see other young people going through what we'd gone through: no uniforms ... feeling hungry in class," Madondo told CNN. "We know the problems of this community, but we also know the solutions.
"Helping them, I feel excited. We want them to realize there's something they can contribute to this world."