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Forth Worth Weekly

Lily Casura

3 April 2013

Forth Worth, Texas, United States

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Too often do veterans come back from fighting overseas to find little to no help in reacclimatizing to life at home. Programs in Tarrant County, Texas bring together a wide range of programs (housing placement, mental...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

6 February 2013

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The vast majority of births in Malawi still happen under the care of traditional birth attendants, who are often unequipped to deal with potentially lethal complications. But new president Joyce Banda is helping Malaw...

The New York Times

James Dao

1 February 2013

Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

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More than one million service members, veterans and their families take college courses financed with federal tax dollars. Their experiences are more complicated than those of their fresh-faced civilian peers, leading...

The New York Times

John Leland

15 December 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New mothers who live in poverty are faced with fewer resources to help them with their physical and mental health as well as the health of their babies. In New York City, the Nurse-Family partnership matches nurses wi...

This American Life

Ira Glass

14 September 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerg...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 September 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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There are about 67,000 homeless veterans in the United States today, and at least a third are chronically homeless. The 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to get 100,000 chronically homeless or otherwise particularly ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 June 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) brings together college students from different faiths so that they develop respect and appreciation for each other and different traditions. IFYC also cultivates interfaith leaders and or...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 March 2012

Zimbabwe

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

26 January 2012

Kenya

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 October 2011

United States

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A group called Positive Coaching Alliance is training thousands of coaches and parents to change to culture of youth sports for the better, using a "relentlessly positive" approach, and trading out the win-at-all-cost...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with ad...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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A group in New York called Friends of the Children identifies high risk kids in the city and mentors them for 12 years helping them become emotionally stable and capable adults.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 September 2011

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage o...

The Mercury News

Beatrice Motamedi

31 May 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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In East Oakland, teens experience random violence, a lack of healthy food, and other sources of chronic stress. The consequences can be grave. At one school, the dropout rate is one in two. Learning to be resilient he...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

4 April 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration, and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and decrease bullying have drastica...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

1 April 2011

Boynton Beach, Florida, United States

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school ca...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 February 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to sub...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 February 2011

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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It’s now common for youth to remain in foster care or residential treatment for years. For troubled or victimized children in need, assistance at home is often more effective than foster placement.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

21 February 2011

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The foster care system is widely acknowledged to be 'broken', and to ignore those who age out of the system. A program in Memphis is improving the lives of at-risk youths by working to reunite them with their original...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

14 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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Many health professionals choose to not live in poor, rural areas that lack access to healthcare. The Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health, and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project are tra...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

22 November 2010

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Children coming from abusive households are often reluctant to discuss their past experiences. A Mexican foundation is using animated characters to help abused and ill children speak about their lives.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 November 2010

Canada

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It seems that just about everybody has had experience with babies or bullies — or both. Ideas and insights from Fixes readers on how to reduce bullying among children.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 November 2010

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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