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Sea Maven

Libby Leyden

6 March 2019

Muizenberg, South Africa

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Surfing lessons are bridging racial divides and providing a therapeutic outlet for disadvantaged children in South Africa. In a society largely segregated by race, children in Cape Town’s black communities disproporti...

Second Wave Michigan

Theresa Coty O'Neil

21 February 2019

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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By taking up boxing, Michigan’s youth learn to diffuse violence and cope with their stressors. Kalamazoo Eastside Boxing provides structure, mentorship, and a social outlet for disadvantaged and troubled youth across ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

20 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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School districts can help students qualify for high-tech careers, regardless of their zip code, through investments in networking and mentoring. Coded by Kids was founded in Philadelphia in 2014 to teach underprivileg...

The Guardian

Amy Walker

11 February 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The Access Project in London recruits volunteer tutors in science, math, and technology fields to help young women build confidence in their STEM courses. The project also works to spread educational resources and tut...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

30 January 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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An organization in New Jersey called Hopeworks combines trauma-informed practices with career and life-readiness skill-learning. Teens who enter the program are equipped with a team of mentors (academic and life) to h...

The New York Times

Paul Sullivan

25 January 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Friends of the Children pairs a cohort of about eight students, identified as some of the most at-risk in a city or neighborhood, with well-paid mentors who stay with the kids from kindergarten through the end of high...

The New York Times

Lovia Gyarkye

5 January 2019

New York, United States

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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 overwh...

The Hechinger Report

Peggy Barmore

23 December 2018

West Virginia, United States

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A West Virginia town is using a federal grant to expand a preschool teacher home visiting program to high school students. "We’re coming to build a relationship with you because we know that you’re an expert on how yo...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

22 December 2018

Somersworth, New Hampshire, United States

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Big Brothers Big Sisters New Hampshire is helping children impacted by substance abuse in their families by offering services and supports through mentorship. The program has existed for more than 50 years and has rec...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

7 December 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In the middle of Milwaukee's toughest neighborhood, an organization called We Got This helps kids get off the streets and into the garden. Each summer, teens spend Saturdays working in a community garden to produce fo...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

26 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Mason County Housing Options for Students in Transition (HOST) program is filling the county's gap of youth shelters, helping almost 200 homeless youth graduate from high school through personal relationships and ...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

16 November 2018

Washington, United States

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On college campuses across California and Washington state, the Umoja Community program groups black freshman in small classes that focus on historic and present issues affecting black communities. While 33 percent of...

Politico

Ethan Epstein

15 November 2018

Austin, United States

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The nonprofit GirlForward operates in Chicago and Austin, and is working to help young refugee girls learn skills and thrive in America. The intensive mentoring and tutoring program has shown results for girls who are...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

14 November 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Coaches have unique relationships with their players and Milwaukee is using that to help young men create healthy, respectful relationships as part of a pilot project using the curriculum Coaching Boys Into Men. The t...

NPR

Jeff Brady

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To change the way that young boys and men are taught about consent and sexual assault, a youth group in Philadelphia is hosting conversations, fostering dialogues, and ultimately letting them come to the "right answer...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

28 September 2018

Colorado, United States

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Creating and strengthening relationships within a community is crucial in suicide prevention efforts. In Colorado, community and non-profit organizations have come together to address the problem of youth suicide. An ...

The Denver Post

Erin McIntyre

22 September 2018

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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In Grand Junction, Colorado, Foster Alumni Mentors is working to connect young adults in or leaving the foster care system with others who have gone through the same person, giving them a mentor to help them with appl...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

19 September 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Inspired by the documentary 13th, which explores race and mass incarceration in the U.S., and frustrated by the amount of youth getting caught in criminal court, four black female judges decided to create a youth prev...

Chicago Sun-Times

Maudlyne Ihejirika

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Black firefighters in Chicago launched the nation's first organization aimed at mentoring young men and women of color and helping them prepare for the firefighters exam. It's a way to combat inner city violence and ...

Christian Science Monitor

Erlan Varela

31 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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In Honduras a former gang member created a nonprofit skating club to give young people healthy alternatives to crime and vandalism. With donations from USAID, the Catholic Church and others Skate Brothers serves about...

The Guardian

Jamiles Lartey

23 July 2018

Florida, United States

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A sheriff in northern Florida is helping break the cycle of incarceration by working to change how communities and law enforcement interact. The effort includes mentoring children of incarcerated parents, linking the ...

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Andi Bourne

20 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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In Montana, an elementary school is changing the dynamics around bullying and suicide through the Say Something Assembly program, which helps create an environment for students to feel safe and empowered to speak up. ...

High Country News

Zoie Koostra

13 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Having a trusted network of adult mentors promotes social engagement and resilience in kids. The Kaleidoscope Connect program in Seeley Lake, Montana teaches seventh and eighth grade students the importance of trusted...

The Connecticut Mirror

Clarice Silber

9 July 2018

East Lyme, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut’s women's prison launched a new unit in 2018 devoted to rehabilitation and reintegration. It’s based on prisons for young offenders in Germany, which the state's governor and the head of corrections visite...

NPR

Durrie Bouscaren

2 July 2018

Papua New Guinea

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Advocates who created a hotline for domestic abuse survivors in Papua New Guinea were surprised when many of the people seeking their services were men who had hit their partners. The anonymous phone service allows me...

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