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Alex P. Kellogg

31 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit was devastated by the housing crisis and has struggled since the city went bankrupt, but organizations across the city are helping home-renters and homeowners bounce back from tax foreclosure. The Quicken Loan...

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Nellie Peyton

30 August 2018

Ghana

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In Ghana, cocoa trees are aging and producing lower yields, worrying the farmers who rely on the crop to make a living; the decreased yield is also presenting opportunity for agricultural reform to produce a more sust...

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Eoin O'Carroll

27 August 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-profit in Cambridge, England has created a mobile app to connect homeless people with donations, even when passersby do not carry cash they can donate. Still in its early phases, the app has helped 11 people rea...

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Christa Case Bryant

24 August 2018

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

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Flying High is a nonprofit that helps people find new jobs and purpose, especially those fighting opioid addiction. Rather than simply focusing on the healthcare solution, this program also provides job training, with...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

21 August 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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To shift away from a punitive approach to truancy and emphasize the importance of attendance for student learning, schools across the United States are testing methods of communicating the importance with parents in n...

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Eva Botkin-Kowacki

20 August 2018

Chatham, Massachusetts, United States

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Cape Cod is losing its namesake fish to climate change and overfishing, which is in turn hurting the profits of local fisherman. Adapting to the circumstances, fisherman have begun catching and marketing dogfish as th...

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Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

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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...

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Noble Ingram

30 July 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Communities, often low-income neighborhoods or communities of color, that were separated by the construction of highways across America are reconnecting by building "deck parks." The parks include room for public gree...

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Grace Elletson

25 July 2018

Rwanda

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Through a myriad of policies that help small farmers gain resources and training, as well as inheritance laws that empower women to inherit land they previously couldn't own, Rwanda is increasing food security and dec...

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Christopher Johnston

9 July 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland has been quietly building a network of book clubs, libraries, and empowerment groups "using literature to empower marginalized groups, foster economic dynamism, and bridge social divides." From workplace and...

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Sara Manisera

20 June 2018

Sessa Aurunca, Italy

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A cooperative in Italy has repurposed land once owned by the Mafia to produce pasta and organic vegetables, and its employees are using this land to reclaim their lives. Beyond the Dreams’ provides meaningful work for...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

19 June 2018

Nigeria

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Gathered in makeshift open-air learning spaces, teachers and students in Nigeria are resisting Boko Haram's reign of terror against education. “They don’t like education; they don’t want it,” one 19-year old student s...

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Felix Franz

18 June 2018

Kumily, Kerala, India

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With poaching on the rise in the South Indian Periyar Tiger Reserve, officials turned to the poachers themselves to see if they could turn their problem into a solution. In lieu of facing charges, the poachers became ...

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Dean Paton

18 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After realizing that their system of fines for lost and late books was actually preventing kids and young people from reading more, L.A. libraries instituted a new program that's already showing results. The program, ...

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Stéphanie Jacob

14 June 2018

MARRAKESH, Morocco

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The Marrakesh-based Amal for the Culinary Arts offers Moroccan women from disadvantaged backgrounds free training in order to become culinary chefs. Through the program they get hands on experience. They also help the...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

14 June 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Fatherhood programs in cities like St. Louis aim to halt the generation impacts of fathers who are not involved in the lives of their children. The mentorship and support provided can help people become better fathers...

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Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

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Elizabeth Svoboda

4 June 2018

Cartagena, Colombia

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Coral reefs across the world are quickly losing the battle against warming oceans, but one reef off the coast of Colombia is defying all odds. As shipping development threatens to become a reality in the near future, ...

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Umberto Macchi

22 May 2018

England

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A vacuum in government leadership means that entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, and social leaders have stepped up to find creative solutions for food waste in Britain. Some of those solutions include restaurants that are...

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Christa Case Bryant

21 May 2018

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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In Huntington, West Virginia, an team modeled off the highly successful Quick Response Team outside of Cincinnati is showing similar results in cutting down deaths caused by addiction. The Quick Response Team ensures ...

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Isaac Hale

11 May 2018

Utah, United States

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Through the Title VII federal grant program, schools in Utah incorporate American Indian cultural curriculum such as history and dance into the school day and offer additional academic supports specifically for Americ...

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Stacey Teicher Khadaroo

9 May 2018

Yemen

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A group of college students has developed a text-message based entrepreneurship course designed for students in locations where "phones are common, but internet access is not," including in Yemen. The founders hope t...

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Whitney Eulich

7 May 2018

Las Carolinas, Puerto Rico

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Prior to Hurricane Maria, it was not uncommon for Puerto Ricans to consider leaving the area to pursue careers elsewhere. Months after, however, as the wreckage from the disaster is far from remedied, the community me...

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Sara Schonhardt

1 May 2018

Guatemala

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In various parts of the world, women's voices often aren't heard when it comes to ways to mitigate against climate change, despite their intimate experiences with it. Women in Guatemala are fighting agains this roadbl...

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