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NationSwell

Raisa Bruner

9 November 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Instituto del Progreso Latino, a vocational school in Chicago, is comprehensively helping Latino immigrants living in the U.S. educate themselves, find professional work, and rise above poverty.

The Nation

 Hélène Barthélemy

9 November 2015

Bronx, New York, United States

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A misdemeanor for a poor person can mean denial of employment, housing, etc., removing any opportunities for change. A public defender's office in the Bronx is trying to stop this downward spiral by offering ex-offend...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Weston Morrow

8 November 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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During the last 12 years, the number of minors in Alaska sentenced to time in correctional facilities because of drug or alcohol charges has been steadily reduced, from 730 in 2003 to 395 in 2014. A big contributing f...

NPR

Joanne Silberner

3 November 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Suicide rates are rising in the U.S. The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit reduced suicide rates within their insurance plan by 80 percent by actively seeking at risk patients. They screen every hospital patient on ...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

24 October 2015

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion initiative is being implemented in cities across the U.S. Instead of arresting people accused of low-level drug crimes, the offenders are offered drug treatment, job training, me...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

23 October 2015

Rochester, New York, United States

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It's been a decade since the city of Rochester, New York, committed to tackling its lead poisoning problem head on. What resulted was a more than 80 percent drop in the number of children with high lead levels. It's a...

Forbes

Devin Thorpe

21 October 2015

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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In South Africa, the extreme gap between rich and poor is the root cause of cyclical poverty, and those living in slums face particularly high barriers to education, healthcare, and quality of life. The Ubuntu Educati...

The Trentonian

Penny Ray

18 October 2015

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

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The city of Trenton is trying to reduce gun violence. In Philadelphia, the Healing Hurt People is a hospital-based violence intervention program that employs trauma counselors to help patients suffering from gun viole...

The Week

Kimberly Alters

15 October 2015

Carrollton, Georgia, United States

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Many mental illnesses appear during an individual's college years, yet few colleges have effective mental health programs. The Jed Foundation created a framework for universities to follow to address student's need su...

ABC Central West NSW

Kia Handley

9 October 2015

Orange, New South Wales, Australia

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People with a mental illness are more likely to be addicts and fail to make good decisions. Because of a new law, a substance treatment program in a hospital in Sydney can insist that a person be interned for 28 days,...

The Ithaca Voice

Melissa Whitworth

3 October 2015

Freeville, New York, United States

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Nationally, the VA has been plagued by reports of long wait times, neglect, and other failures, but clinics in New York's Tompkins County are bucking that trend. The Freeville Clinic, and others in the county, never t...

The Guardian

Alison Moodie

1 October 2015

Chatsworth, California, United States

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The term circular economy refers to the cycle or reusability, and is an ambitious but realistic goal for many companies to take part in. However, until recently, many lacked the education and technology to implement t...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 September 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible busin...

The New Yorker

Sky Dylan-Robbins

8 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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New York City is home to an estimated tens of thousands of stray and feral cats, posing a problem for the city. To humanely handle this population concern, the city is using a method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (T.N.R...

The Ithaca Voice

Aaron Brummer

4 September 2015

Ithaca, New York, United States

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Solider On is an organization that serves homeless veterans in 18 counties across central New York. Of their 180 employees, 92 used to be homeless themselves and another 15 are veterans. They travel everywhere to find...

The New Republic

Steven Cohen

1 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Responding to the volatility of the current job market and the potential for a bursting bubble, digital media employees are unionizing to protect themselves in the midst of ongoing change. While these efforts have pro...

The Atlantic

Lauren Cassani Davis

31 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Teachers are introducing mindfulness to their lesson plans, trusting preliminary evidence that the practice is good for mental health, and especially for the most at-risk students. Mindfulness and other similar initia...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Joyce Hackel

26 August 2015

Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International C...

The Huffington Post

Tyler Kingkade

19 August 2015

Austin, Texas, United States

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2014 was a year marked nationwide by activism and unprecedented federal attention to the issue of campus sexual assault. The University of Texas system is putting $1.7 million into a comprehensive, multi-year effort t...

Alternet

Trent Knoss

18 August 2015

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Cleaning up wastewater can often be a process that harms the environment. But an electrochemical reaction that absorbs more CO2 than it releases while creating renewable energy could transform emission-heavy industries.

Al Jazeera

Javid Abdelmoneim

17 August 2015

Uganda

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In Uganda, disease caused by improper surgical protocol is one of the leading causes of death. In response to this problem, Doctors are utilizing a surgical checklist from the World Health Organization, as well as oth...

KQED

April Dembosky

4 August 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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The UCSF medical curriculum now uses a new unconscious bias approach after realizing the traditional diversity training from the ’80s and ’90s didn’t work.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

2 August 2015

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Staff members at a library branch in central Oregon take steps toward community engagement and participation by crossing the barrier from employee to neighbor. By building personal relationships with other community m...

The Huffington Post

Matt Ferner

28 July 2015

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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After release, ex-prisoners often have a hard time re-integrating into society. Re-entry programs in several states work to stabilize this process, providing inmates with education while in prison or connecting ex-con...

FastCompany

Neal Ungerleider

23 July 2015

Queens, New York, United States

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Access Code is a nonprofit in New York that gives young adults, particularly those from minority groups, instruction and resources to learn coding. This education promotes greater access to lucrative careers in the wo...

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