Jessica Thompson, 27, bought a house at age 20 in a lower-income area of Oklahoma City. “Having been burglarized twice in one year, I decided to get more involved,” she says. Thompson joined local groups and created events to improve the quality of life. She “began to understand that the [poor] condition of the area was a result of suburban flight in the 1950s and ’60s.” As an agent, her neighborhood passion has only deepened: She serves as president of the community advisory board for the schools and helped start a community garden with an NAR placemaking grant. Given the Latino majority in her area, she’s been studying Spanish and helped bring in free English as a Second Language classes. “Agents who become neighborhood advocates can help relieve the feeling of detachment that so many feel today,” Thompson says.