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Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, allowing children from poorer families to enjoy brighter futures, and yet are being starved of funding.

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

January 18, 2017

New York, United States

Monthly unemployment checks are dissuading individuals from finding work for fear that their work will pay less. Oulu, Finland is testing out 'basic income' where everyone receives a government cheque, to encourage people to work without fear of losing their monthly assistance.

The New York Times

Peter S. Goodman

December 17, 2016

Oulu, Finland

Different states have demanded welfare recipients to work jobs and report the log of work to a welfare counselor, but this practice can make welfare recipients feel more like a statistic than real people. Ramsey County, Minnesota has addressed a new way of offering job assistance—by developing skills for job retention, further education, and work planning with the counselors. The value of welfare counseling comes from making progress in these other subjects.


J.B. Wogan

October 1, 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

Low-income people who need business clothes to get better jobs can have a hard time affording them. Dress for Success in New York City is a non-profit that collects second-hand business clothing and has high-end stylists on hand to help with fashion choices for clients. The clothes not only help clients get better jobs, they also help improve self-esteem and confidence.


Chavie Lieber

September 27, 2016

New York, New York, United States

In the face of crippling unemployment, environmental degradation, and species extinction, communities in Southern Kenya joined with various stakeholders to establish REDD+ project. This project sells carbon credits on behalf of the community, distributing funds for necessary services, employing community members, and protecting the environment.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

June 8, 2016


Across the country, new criminal justice campaigns are seeking to redefine how criminal records are both accessed and interpreted. Given that current crime histories fail to denote context and stories of culmination, these new products are seeking to both delay the effect criminal convictions have, as well as reshape how criminal records are recorded.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

May 24, 2016

United States

For the last 40 years, people with developmental disabilities in D.C. have been fighting for the chance to be like everyone else. This is their story.


Martin Austermuhle

March 14, 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Across the Southeast, families are caught in an economic trap they can’t escape, and Chattanooga now finds itself at a turning point. Do we gloss over our toxic secret? Or do we prove, as we have before, that nothing is impossible when a divided city truly unites?

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Joan Garrett McClane, Joy Lukachick Smith

March 1, 2016

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Rahm Emanuel fired Garry McCarthy, Chicago Police Superintendent, following the release of a video of a cop fatally shooting Laquan McDonald, which has led to a search for a new superintendent. The hope is that the new hire will help turn things around by having a good rapport with Emanuel, be able to connect the citizens and the police, and help reform the police department.

Chicago Tribune

Bill Ruthhart

December 26, 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

In India, corruption in the distribution of government ID cards leaves the poorest without legal identity or protection. A non-profit group is creating and distributing unofficial ID cards and legal aid for day workers in major cities in India.

The New York Times

Ankita Rao

September 18, 2015

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

The unemployment crisis is a hard thing to solve - businesses sometimes have no choice but to let workers go. An innovative program tries to prevent joblessness by temporarily paying a portion of workers’ salaries at struggling companies.

National Journal

Clare Foran

January 9, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Vacant positions exist in many employment sectors, including in education and in hospitals. ReServe is a program that joins retired professionals to part-time paid positions in non-profits to perform duties. A controversy has emerged that suggests these positions should be paid at a professional-rate salary.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

January 10, 2012

New York, New York, United States

Some inner city schools, nonprofits, and businesses in New York lack the staff to make their organizations function for the people they serve. ReServe is a program that links retired professionals with part-time jobs in schools, libraries, hospitals and other city agencies. A ReServist is not a volunteer, but a paid employee, who can continue to share his or her skills in a job placement where there is a social need.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

January 5, 2012

New York, New York, United States


Jobs-Plus is an American employment program provided in public housing developments that combined employment and training services, new rent rules to “make work pay,” and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach centering on work. Since its pilot, Jobs-Plus has been replicated in NYC and demonstrated gains in earnings among participants.



January 1, 2010

United States

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