Efren Peñaflorida, 28, a native of Cavite City, Philippines, offers Filipino youth an alternative to poverty through education. Efren and his team of teen volunteers has been teaching street children basic reading and writing Math and English for the past 12 years using pushcart as a classroom tool. Their unusual strategic locations for a classroom setup includes cemetery, and dump sites. He founded the Dynamic Teen Company as an alternative group from gangs that also pester him during his high school days. His group teaches children age 2 to 14. He also includes in his teaching, proper hygiene like taking a bath and how to brush their teeth.

Truly, Efren, is a hero that we Filipinos and even non-Filipinos should be proud of. Let us support our "Kababayan"(Filipino word that means fellow Filipino, countryman, or townmate) - Efren Peñaflorida in his quest to become the first Filipino to be selected as 2009 CNN Hero. Click here to vote for Efren Peñaflorida

Voting continues until Thursday, November 19, 2009 (6 a.m. ET). There is no limit on the number of times you may vote for the Hero of the Year.

See how Efren help the street children.