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Alana Semuels

31 May 2016

Salem, Oregon, United States

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States deal with poverty and employment differently, depending on their state legislature and, historically, their racial composition. Oregon is a predominantly white state with some of the most generous welfare and e...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

12 May 2016

Long Beach, California, United States

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New veteran services focus on sexual rehabilitation as a part of occupational rehab programs for veterans with genital injuries or other physical and mental limitations. Physical therapy and idea generation help wound...

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Amy Yee

5 May 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Despite popular belief, white kids aren't the only ones on the spectrum of autism research. In an effort to bridge these gaps, many research teams are reaching out to minority groups in ways that are more attuned to c...

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Robinson Meyer

2 May 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Whenever there’s a natural catastrophe, a team of “crisis mappers” activate around the world. These volunteers use crowdsourcing tools to turn satellite data into digital maps, which are then used to make decisions on...

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Gail Cornwall

29 April 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Most cities face a common problem when it comes to parks and public space - not only do urban centers lack spaces for play but these spaces are also not distributed equally, with many low income and minority neighborh...

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Jeremy Raff

28 April 2016

Texas, United States

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The Rio Grande River runs between the border of the United States and Mexico and supplies water to 5 million people across the nations. With wildfires continuously threatening the health of the river, an international...

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Deborah Fallows

11 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Throughout the country, libraries are hosting “maker spaces”—places where patrons can use technological tools to develop and fabricate their ideas and use the library to not only consume but create.

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Julekya Lantigua-Williams

7 March 2016

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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A meaningful pre-kindergarten experience is increasingly seen as a critical part of a child’s education, and parents are expected to play a much more significant role - however, poorer families must first overcome pow...

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Peg Tyre

1 March 2016

New York, New York, United States

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The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged, as new programs cater directly to the uppermost echelon of math students, training them for international competitions.

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Deborah Fallows

16 February 2016

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In the aftermath of the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, the city relies on the public library as a grounding location that welcomes all. Though the library has seen drastic cuts in funding and staff, it invests in co...

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Audrey Cleo Yap

22 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Dancing promotes strong social-emotional development. In areas of Los Angeles where arts education has disappeared due to cuts in school funding, a New York-based non-profit organization has stepped in to teach kids t...

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Alyza Sebenius

13 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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When it comes to helping young people succeed, education experts and nonprofits are embracing the idea that a broad web of formal and informal role models is key.

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Matt Vasilogambros

18 November 2015

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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The southern United States may not seem like the most welcoming place for new immigrants and refugees. But the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative are just a few pro...

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Nadine Ajaka

27 October 2015

Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

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The therapists at the Autism Society of Berks County use art and creativity as a way to help kids with autism. Students participate in a class where their illustrations are animated. “The way to unlock any child's bra...

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Lillian Mongeau

9 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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Across the country, an improving economy has pulled teachers and potential teachers away from the profession, creating a growing national shortage. Leaders at Elmhurst Community Prep managed not only to completely sta...

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Jillian Kumagai

5 September 2015

Tanzania

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Not all reality shows focus on the lives of the rich and famous. Female Food Heroes, is a Tanzanian reality show in which female farmers compete against each other for a grand prize. Ultimately, it’s not just about th...

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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...

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Alana Semuels

18 August 2015

Baldwin, Michigan, United States

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College was never much of an option for most students in this tiny town of 1,200 located in the woods of the Manistee National Forest. But residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholar...

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Emily Richmond

17 August 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Research shows that adolescents' grades are suffering due to lack of sleep and early start times of schools. As a result, the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention is asking schools to reconsider their sch...

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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...

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Carly Berwick

23 July 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Congress’s proposed rewrites of the law now known as No Child Left Behind, including the Senate’s widely touted Every Child Achieves Act, would weaken federal provisions meant to track the academic progress of student...

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Ted Hesson

21 July 2015

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Despite their stigma, foreign-born populations are helping the economy of U.S. cities. Welcoming America is a national network of organizations that preach the economic upside of immigration and in this way attract im...

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Kia Gregory

20 July 2015

Crown Heights, New York, United States

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Lawyers and activists are educating residents in cities across the country on encounters with law enforcement. Know Your Rights training programs have been held by lawyers and community activists in neighborhoods in u...

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Ted Hesson

12 July 2015

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Immigrants to St. Louis are capitalizing on urban gardens and helping to revitalize the city by repopulating it. The program enrolled 31 refugees and their families who plant food for their own household and to sell t...

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Alana Semuels

11 July 2015

United States

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America has the largest number of homeless women and children in the industrialized world - it’s a depressing statistic exacerbated by a housing crisis that forced thousands of families out onto the street. The first-...

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