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Provision of social services to individuals and families. These stories center on providing a broad range of social and human services to communities, such as homeless shelters, job assistance programs, basic emergency aid, family counseling, and youth services. Programs broadly related to ensuring a community’s access to food, shelter, and family stability fall under this category.

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Everyone’s a victim

Boulder Weekly

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Having your identity stolen, especially a social security number, is frightening and can have far reaching consequences for everyone involved; while some of the people who commit identity theft have malicious intents, some are undocumented people who are seeking work to make a living. A new progr...

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Action Civics in Schools

The Philadelphia Citizen

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With a new law requiring an experiential civics curriculum in the classroom, Massachusetts is leading the country in efforts to reinvigorate outdated civics coursework.

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Athens' Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Addresses Resident Needs

Grady Newsource

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In Athens, Georgia, an ombudsman program for long-term care residents at senior and nursing homes is holding institutions accountable and ensuring that residents' complaints are heard. The program comes from a requirement in the amended Older Americans Act and encompasses anything from complaints...

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‘When I Skate It Just Feels Free’:Figure Skating in Harlem helps young women of color see themselves on ice

The New York Times

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Figure Skating in Harlem is a group working to help young girls of color in New York learn teamwork, dedication, and hardwork - and the art of figure skating, a sport that is often perceived as inaccessible and overwhelmingly white and Asian-American. But the program doesn't just stop there; the ...

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What Happened After Two Decades of Affordable Child Care in Quebec

CityLab

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In Quebec, a subsidized affordable child care program has proven itself over two decades, contributing to a spike in the employment of mothers with young children. Research also shows that program is financially sustainable, but there is a disparity in quality between child care centers - an issu...

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Abused Wolves And Troubled Teens Find Solace In Each Other

NPR

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The Wolf Connection Youth Empowerment Program connects troubled youth who’ve dealt with abuse and trauma, with wolves. "These wolves and wolf-dogs come from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. And the youth we serve come from abuse, neglect, mistreatment and abandonment." Two studies showed that the...

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