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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

19 February 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Since 2014, Johns Hopkins University has not considered legacy status in admissions decisions. In the wake of the 2019 college admissions scandal, other schools are weighing the value of similar measures.

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Christa Case Bryant

4 February 2020

Tallinn, Estonia

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Estonia is bolstering its cybersecurity against Russian would-be hackers on a shoestring budget and a brigade of volunteers, called the "nerd reserves." Hailing from Estonia's rich IT community, as well as other indus...

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Mark Trumbull

3 February 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, a long-term affordable housing plan takes a comprehensive approach by addressing climate change, zoning, and equity as inherent in the modern housing crisis. By reducing single-family housing, cutting ...

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Jingnan Peng

15 January 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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American sign language has long been used to help populations to communicate with one another, but it does not serve the DeafBlind community very well because it is meant to be seen. To address this shortcoming, a gro...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

6 January 2020

United States

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Some colleges and universities believe the solution to a more equitable admissions process is the removal of standardized tests from the criteria considered. Now, many are acting on this idea and getting rid of the re...

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Patricia Leigh Brown

20 December 2019

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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In Santa Cruz County, California, Dr. Ann López, of the Center for Farmworker Families, organizes a secret monthly food bank for marginalized farmworkers who are mostly indigenous and undocumented. Organized completel...

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Henry Gass

18 November 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Across the country, governments at every level are working to tackle homelessness. In Houston, connecting permanent housing to services has proven an effective strategy but it has required an increase in affordable ho...

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Peter Ford

4 November 2019

France

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Chagrined by its lack of planning that contributed to many deaths in a 2003 heat wave, France developed a coordinated national response that in 2019 cut the death toll by 90% despite even higher temperatures. By payin...

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Harry Bruinius

31 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A bookmobile program in Queens brings stories, computers and wifi to family shelters to help expand access to these vital resources to children and families without a permanent home. The book-filled bus has served ove...

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Doug Struck

30 September 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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With one in every five newsrooms closing in the country over the last four years (that's 1800 newspapers), many local papers are trying radical new models to buck the trend. Novel strategies employed include turning t...

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Alex P. Kellogg

23 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Atlanta has seen a decline in rates of people experiencing homelessness from 2008-2018, a trend that is particularly meaningful as other cities contend with stubbornly high numbers. Part of the solution? A new source ...

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David Karas

22 August 2019

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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In Des Moines, Iowa, the Evelyn K. Davis Center provides wraparound support to a wide range of populations seeking stable employment. From internet access to financial counseling to job coaching, the center aims to "i...

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Christa Case Bryant

21 August 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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As a reaction to police shootings of Black people in Missouri, one mom created a group called "Touchy Topics Tuesday" to invite White people and people of color to have frank conversations about race. By building trus...

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David Karas

15 August 2019

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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After decades of conservation and cleanup, the 42% of the entire Chesapeake Bay meets water quality standards. The Chesapeake Bay Program organized a regional collaboration between nonprofits, the government, and educ...

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Thomas Shults

30 July 2019

India

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Wildlife sanctuaries and monitoring technologies are helping to protect endangered species. In India, a decade of policies aimed toward increasing the number of Bengal tigers is proving effective, in some areas leadin...

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Simon Montlake

29 July 2019

Rotherham, England

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Grimm & Co.'s Apothecary to the Magical is boosting child literacy skills in a former steel and coal town with a large low-income population. By offering an imaginative space and free writing workshops, the nonprofit ...

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Jake Seiner

23 July 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Varsity esports teams are emerging as a game-based education tool at U.S. colleges, but few teams have female representation. A high school in Cleveland is trying to buck that trend by expanding the types of games off...

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Christa Case Bryant

10 July 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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Huntington, West Virginia has taken strides towards becoming a model for other cities on how to combat the opioid crisis after successfully optimizing on collaboration efforts. Coordinated by the mayor, joint efforts ...

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Francine Kiefer

1 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In California and other western states, where the number of people experiencing homelessness has increased dramatically, some nonprofits are offering up parking lots as a place for those who live in their cars to stay...

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Lisa Rabasca Roepe

13 June 2019

United States

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New startups are recycling worn fabrics as a way to combat the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Knickey is a subscription service where people can trade in worn-out underwear for a new pair of organic cot...

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Stephanie Hanes

10 June 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore’s urban forest is one of the best-protected in the country. Since a 2006 scientific analysis of Baltimore’s trees, the city has become a leader in tracking and preserving green space and using data to shed l...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

3 June 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A new initiative in Baltimore is changing the way social studies is taught to middle and high school students. BMore Me teaches students the larger context and history of their city with culturally relevant curriculum...

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Henry Gass

29 May 2019

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Across the country, police departments are increasingly providing mental health services for law enforcement. Among the services deployed are internal support teams, post-incident debriefs, psychological first aid, an...

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Whitney Eulich

28 May 2019

Mexico

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For the past three years, a service news media company has written stories specifically responding to questions sent in by Mexican migrants living in the U.S. “We realized Mexican migrants in the U.S. didn’t need gene...

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David Karas

23 May 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Founded in 2000, Hopeworks provides coding and computer training combined with connections to internship and job opportunities to youth in Camden. The larger aim of the organization is to cultivate "'a positive, heali...

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