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Detroit Free Press

Georgea Kovanis

7 December 2018

Macomb, Michigan, United States

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At a Michigan county drug court, intense scrutiny and personalized attention for people in recovery - instead of jail time - is an approach with great promise. This in-depth look at the journey of people in the progra...

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Cheryl Corley

6 December 2018

Gig Harbor, United States

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In states across America, some incarcerated women are able to give birth and take care of their children from jail. The programs help to reduce recidivism and keep families together, but there are limitations that res...

Sojourners

Albin Hillert

6 December 2018

Mutatá, Colombia

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From War to Peace, a project through the Lutheran World Federation, is helping ex-combatants and their families in Colombia lead a new, peaceful life. Many of these families are now living in an experimental community...

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Eillie Anzilotti

6 December 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Most prisoners don’t have access to computer, in order to bridge the digital divide the Prison Reentry Institute is offering a free course called Tech 101 to former prisoners who served long sentences. People are taug...

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Sandra Johansson

6 December 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An initiative that aims to keep troubled former criminals from continuing down the same path is technically called group violence intervention, but most know it as the Boston miracle. Piloted in the 90s, this style of...

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Rachel Gotbaum

5 December 2018

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

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In order to deal with the opioid crisis, schools in Massachusetts are hiring counselors to support teachers and their students. In Cape Cod alone, 17 schools hired outside counselors, while 50 schools throughout the...

Culinary Backstreets

Jennifer Hattam

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5 December 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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For refugees fleeing Syria, a new career path is possible: become a food entrepreneur. A program in Turkey provides Syrians and other refugee groups with basic entrepreneurial skills, as well as access to mentors and ...

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Adrienne Day

5 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Modeled after faith-based services, Civic Saturday encourages civic participation by creating a space for people to discuss social change, organize to vote, and engage in other democracy and community-building activit...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Stefania D'Ignoti

5 December 2018

Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Theater bridges cultural divides and helps migrants cope with trauma. The Liquid Company, founded in 2013 in Catania, Italy, offers migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who have crossed the Mediterranean a therapeut...

The New York Times

Alia Dharssi

4 December 2018

Andhra Pradesh, India

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In many countries, a lack of teachers leads to a common challenge - one teacher instructs students at multiple grade levels all at once. In the rural Rishi Valley region of India, instructors are straying from the tra...

Sojourners

Christina Colón

3 December 2018

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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With climate change no longer a hypothetical situation but a very tangible problem being felt by many across the globe, grassroots efforts are gaining traction as the search for solutions intensifies. Citing a moral o...

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Joanna Kakissis

2 December 2018

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Greece is not known favorably for their recycling habits, but a few local residents have made it their mission to change this in order to reduce ocean litter. From turning plastics into furniture to forming a diving c...

Reuters

Yeganeh Torbati

28 November 2018

Derby Line, Vermont, United States

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Iranian families are sidestepping the U.S. Muslim ban inside a library. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is located in both Derby Line, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec. Dozens of Iranian families have briefly r...

The Denver Channel

Kumasi Aaron

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28 November 2018

Colorado, United States

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Several programs are bringing yoga into the classroom to improve student behavior and equip young learners with the tools to stay calm both at school and at home.

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David Sands

27 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Operating as a low-power FM radio station, Detroit’s 96.7 WNUC provides an independent platform for community voices and interests. Programming ranges from shows focusing on Detroit’s musical legacy to discussions of ...

Sky-Hi News

McKenna Harford

26 November 2018

Tabernash, Colorado, United States

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Bees play a vital role in the health of not just the ecosystem, but also economic development. Keeping honey production local helps to maintain this relationship with the rapidly decreasing species, which is why a gro...

The Hechinger Report

Caroline Preston

24 November 2018

Bronx, New York, United States

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A South Bronx charter school is trying an innovative approach to educating all students, including the one third of its student body in foster care. By adding teachers, behavioral specialists, and extra academic suppo...

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Rachel Walker

24 November 2018

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

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The Venture Out Project hosts outdoor camps and wilderness adventures for transgender children to help them feel a sense of community, confidence, and self-worth. In the midst of controversial political environments a...

Generocity

Grace Shallow

21 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Participatory defense, is a model that integrates the family into the legal defense of someone being prosecuted for a crime. Loved ones can bring in evidence like photos and records that speak to the character of the ...

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Aaron Mondry

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20 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Street Outreach Court Detroit is a collaboration between the courts and service providers to waive legal and financial obligations post-conviction if a person makes a commitment to an individualized action plan. These...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

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20 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The difficult Conversations Lab at Columbia University studies conversations between people with opposing political views. The researchers found that if both parties on opposing sides of an issue read a complex articl...

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Richard Kenny

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20 November 2018

Paris, France

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As Paris invests in public parks, local residents have been granted more than 3,000 permits to grow street gardens. The greenery is adding life to one of Europe’s most densely populated cities while fostering civic en...

The Hechinger Report

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Middle and high school students of Alaska Native descent enrolled in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage outperform most of their peers in the rest of the country o...

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Nithin Coca

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19 November 2018

Akita, Japan

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Japan, facing an aging population and population decline, may benefit from the sharing economy. Interestingly, the country has largely resisted Airbnb and uber, which presents an opportunity to approach “sharing” in a...

Pacific Standard

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, United States

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The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program is working to provide full scholarships, a strong STEM background, and most importantly, a sense of community, to the majority Alaska-Native group of students in the p...

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