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Sara Schonhardt

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28 December 2017

Tierra Blanca, Guatemala

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In some rural parts of Guatemala, "more than half the girls...marry before the age of 18." While a coalition of organizations was able to lobby lawmakers, and raise the legal marriage age to 18, real changes happened ...

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Henry Gass

27 December 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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In 2017, Harris County, TX saw a year where no one was sentenced to death and no one was executed. The county, nicknamed as the capital of capital punishment, is seeing a shift in the support of the death penalty. Whi...

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Gretel Kauffman

26 December 2017

Rwanda

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Research says that bilingual kids reap significant benefits from reading in their primary language. One nonprofit working in Rwanda, Congo, Haiti, Cambodia, and Mongolia provides digital books in students' strongest l...

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Jessica Mendoza

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13 December 2017

Moreno Valley, California, United States

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In 2016, California's Riverside County achieved an 86 percent graduation rate, second to only Orange County in the state. The impressive spike followed in the wake of a multi-pronged, data-focused drive to support pre...

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Amadou Diallo

5 December 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In high-poverty urban schools student retention is a major issue, often school is the last concern for these children. Now, City Year and other nonprofits have university students come to the high schools and tutor or...

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Taylor Luck

5 December 2017

Za'atari, Jordan

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Solar power projects at 2 UN refugee camps in Jordan are helping to save money and provide job opportunities for residents of the camps. The solar powered camps are also helping the quality of living, allowing residen...

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Christa Case Bryant

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29 November 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis-based We Stories provides parents with a course curriculum and reading list for the children with the goal of sparking conversations about race, oppression, and cultural awareness. The target audience of the...

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Amadou Diallo

21 November 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago was once reputed for gang violence, struggled to support its predominantly minority students, and was had been on academic probation for nearly two decades. A revolutionary a...

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Amadou Diallo

16 November 2017

Ohio, United States

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High school students in rural areas show lower rates of college degrees and have fewer opportunities such as not having a dual enrolment program that allows them to take college courses while in high school. Ohio Appa...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

26 October 2017

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Amid divisive free speech discussions on campus, students across the country formed BridgeUSA, a group dedicated to the 'transpartisanship' movement. Student representatives are trained to facilitate constructive disc...

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Carmen K. Sisson

17 October 2017

Refugio, Texas, United States

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Refugio, Texas was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, leaving behind damaged houses, schools and businesses and people who can not afford to rebuild their lives. However, this town has used its community and found strength ...

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Owen Mortner

21 August 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Most bus stops have an array of ads, but in Boston one sign reads “What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment.” The message is part of a part of a public awareness campaign rolled out by the city, wh...

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Taylor Luck

9 August 2017

Amman, Jordan

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Women’s right activists are gaining traction in Jordan and Tunisia. Their efforts have led to the rejection of old laws that protected rapists, and more representation in parliament. The progress women activists are m...

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Scott Peterson

27 July 2017

Hargeisa, Somalia

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In the face of severe drought and one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, nations on the Horn of Africa are fighting to stave off famine and the spread of disease. Some places, like Somaliland, have b...

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Peter Ford

26 July 2017

Antsirabe, Madagascar

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Starvation has become a public health crisis across Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Somaliland, but enhanced health education is helping to mitigate this critical issue. The focus of the community education programs is aime...

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Peter Ford

25 July 2017

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Drought in Madagascar grows worse each year as its minimal public infrastructure and extensive poverty slow efforts by the UN and various NGOs for food and water distribution. But in recognizing the severity of the cy...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

24 July 2017

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s cosmopolitan capital, has long been considered a world apart from surrounding rural communities, all of which suffer from reoccurring droughts and civil war. However, thanks to international ai...

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Henry Gass

17 July 2017

Texas, United States

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Across the country, a small number of young prosecutors are changing the face of our current criminal justice system. They are moving away from the “strict law-and-order practices of the past,” and employing a more li...

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Christopher Johnston

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9 July 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Largely unbeknownst to the public eye, Cleveland has been battling human trafficking in various forms for many years. Recently, the city has become a leader in trying to eradicate this longstanding problem. Thanks to ...

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Henry Gass

14 June 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans is home to a high number of teens with severe trauma and emotional disturbance, who are underserved in regular school settings. Alternative programs that focus more on 'behavior than academics' are offerin...

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Jessica Mendoza

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22 May 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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As urban youth struggle to get onto a career track, Year Up equips these young people with technical skills and professional support to help them enter the job market. The initiative has scaled nationally in the Unite...

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Kristen Chick

26 April 2017

Beirut, Lebanon

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Syrian refugees have experienced an increase in domestic violence, and some men have projected their stresses onto women or their children. Instead of reprimanding the men, some aid organizations have set up support g...

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Tom A. Peter

16 April 2017

Samso, Denmark

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Samsø, a small island in Denmark, has done what no other city has reached; energy independence. People on the island use a combination of wind, solar, and biomass, energy. How is such a large feat accomplished? Local ...

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Zack Colman

9 April 2017

Kentucky, United States

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Well-paying mining jobs used to be the bedrock of Appalachian coal country, but those jobs are increasingly hard to find. Local and national organizations are working together to help the region diversify economically...

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Simon Montlake

25 February 2017

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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As tensions over race and education continue to be compounded by growing economic inequality and political rhetoric, one school in Connecticut bridges an otherwise widening divide. Schools like R.J. Kinsella Magnet Sc...

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