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A Philly jobs program lost six to a year of violence. Can it still help young people thrive?

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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PowerCorpsPHL and Mural Arts' Guild have notched impressive results in job placements of young people with criminal records. The programs' employment training, paid apprenticeships, and art therapy classes have all been disrupted by 2020's pandemic, social unrest, and street violence. Private gra...

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An oft-tried plan to curb violent crime in Baltimore resurfaces. City leaders say better leadership will bring better results.

The Baltimore Sun

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In the 1990s and again in 2014, when Baltimore used a strategy called focused deterrence to reduce street violence, it showed initial promise but then failed. Those failures can be tied to how the program was managed, and to changes in leadership, not to the approach itself. The strategy offers h...

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Safety looks like full bellies in a pandemic

Scalawag

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to St. Louis' Potbangerz to others, these community-based care programs center their...

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Seattle Public Utilities' waste-pumping program has cut sewage spills from homeless people's RVs in half

The Seattle Times

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To help those experiencing homelessness, Seattle Public Utilities workers travel around the city knocking on RV doors and asking occupants if they need their sewage tank pumped. Some RVs are broken down and occupants can’t get to a public dump site to dispose of their waste, so wastewater spills ...

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AA to Zoom, substance abuse treatment goes online amid pandemic

The New York Times

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Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are turning to Zoom and other telehealth tools to maintain a connection with clients during the coronavirus pandemic. While data are lacking about "the effectiveness of online rehabilitation compared to in-person sessions," many participants have expres...

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Once derided as ‘shacks,' these huts now may be our best answer for a homelessness emergency

The Seattle Times

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Tiny homes are providing shelter, warmth, and security for people experiencing homelessness in Seattle. The insulated homes measure 96 square feet and offer a relatively affordable alternative to tent encampments which leave inhabitants exposed to the elements and often draw the anger of neighbor...

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Indian Women Turn to Ancient Grains to Feed Their Families and Their Futures

Yes! Magazine

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In the face of climate change, the nonprofit SABALA is working with nearly 2,000 women farmers in India to participate in millet farming, which can also strengthen community food security and empower women. Using traditional farming techniques, farmers can cultivate 15 to 20 of the climate-resist...

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‘Life-altering for everyone': Kindering bridges the virtual gap to help kids with special needs

The Seattle Times

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused businesses and organizations to stop in-person offerings, a non-profit in Washington that specializes in services for children with special needs quickly shifted operations to an online format. Although this new online business model isn't financially feasible...

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How the Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illness

The Intercept

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Crisis-intervention and de-escalation trainings for police were meant to reform the criminal justice system's handling of people suffering from mental illness. But a lack of rigorous standards in the training and use of these approaches means that they routinely fail as a means of diverting peopl...

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Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

Associated Press

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Pakistan's only church for transgender Christians has given its members the safety, acceptance, and joy they are often denied in the conservative, predominantly Muslim country. Called the First Church of Eunuchs – the name, considered derogatory by some, echoes the term for transgender women in S...

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In Rwanda, Learning Whether a ‘Smart Park' Can Help Both Wildlife and Tourism

Atlas Obscura

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Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, once a conservation failure, has been revitalized with fences, patrols, and new technology to become a successful wildlife park. The government partnered with conservation group African Parks to manage the national park, which has led to an increase tourists, patro...

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The Small Goat Breed That's a Star of Urban Farms

Atlas Obscura

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Nigerian Dwarf goats can be a viable livestock option for people who want to engage in urban farming. Cities across the United States — like Phoenix, Austin, Pittsburgh, and San Diego — are making it easier to keep goats, which can provide financial boons for urban farmers through cheesemaking an...

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