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The Boston Globe

Michael Levenson

7 December 2015

Pharr, Texas, United States

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A growing number of high schools across the U.S. offer free college courses to low-income students in an effort to help them make the transition from high school to college and afford the rising cost of a degree.

Chalkbeat

Ann Schimke

2 December 2015

Arvada, Colorado, United States

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To mitigate the pernicious effects of poverty on student success, nonprofit 'Blocks of Hope' in Colorado aims to provide both educational and social services to students and their families, with the goal of leveling t...

WBUR

Bob Oakes

Shannon Dooling

11 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston-based Veterans Legal Services (VLS) is the only organization of its kind in the state. The nonprofit helps veterans access benefits and navigate civil court proceedings. Its clients are specifically low-income ...

Next City

Bill Bradley

9 November 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Loveland Technologies is finding creative uses for data that will help protect people’s properties and disseminate better information about local tax and foreclosure policies. Funded by angel investors as well as nonp...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

7 November 2015

Hetauda, Central Region, Nepal

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In the past, people in poor countries who became blind due to cataracts often had no hope of improvement because of the high costs of treatment. Nepalese ophthalmologist, Sanduk Ruit, perfected a cheap and effective c...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

George Rodrigue

25 October 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Lead poisoning is not purely a problem of the poor - it can affect any child living in an older home, or playing on contaminated soil. New solutions journalism efforts aim to increase transparency about the risks and ...

New Haven Register

Ed Stannard

24 October 2015

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Project Longevity, a program aimed at reducing violence by gang and group members, has had a positive impact in reducing shootings and homicides in New Haven, according to a study by Yale University sociologists.

TakePart

Jacob Kushner

23 October 2015

Mombasa, Kenya

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PEMA, a gay-rights organization in Mombasa Kenya, created a 12-week program to build relationships with religious leaders and sensitize them to the need to stop legitimizing, and even inciting, violence against LGBT i...

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 New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

16 October 2015

New Britain, Connecticut, United States

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Missing days at school, even when excusable, starts children on a pattern of falling behind. A new U.S. department of education initiative has districts tracking all absences, even in kindergarten, to identify and hel...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

9 October 2015

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Family Rewards is a three-year program in Memphis, which aims to stop inter-generational poverty cycles. The program gives low income families funds that are conditional on bettering the next generation.

Fusion

Cristina Costantini

Kristofer Ríos

30 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The court, based in Brooklyn, New York, hears low-level cases for first-time offenders. Its jurors, judges, and attorneys are all kids.

The Baltimore Sun

Meredith Cohn

29 September 2015

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Residents who use a disproportionate amount of health care, or super utilizers, are a high cost for the system. A hospital in Baltimore is following the example of other hospitals and focusing on the underlying proble...

Deseret News

Eric Schulzke

24 September 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Kids from low income families miss out on college prep conversations at home. A high school work study program in Chicago is helping these students succeed in college by connecting them with white collar professional ...

Bright Magazine

Tom Murphy

24 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The United States has rising childhood obesity and schools deal with kids who are picky. Through innovative school gardens and kid taste testing food, entrepreneurs across the nation are getting children to eat vegeta...

Outside

Matt Skenazy

15 September 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Many veterans return to civilian life with experiences that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, but a surf program at Camp Pendelton is showing promise as a means of treatment. Although there is no one-size fits a...

The Boston Globe

James Vaznis

12 September 2015

Nippes, Haiti

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Boston professors visit countries and homes of foreign students to better understand their culture and gain insights about how to better teach them. The goal is to reach across cultural divides to help a big part of t...

The Atlantic

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...

The Atlantic

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...

PBS NewsHour

Jackie Judd

2 September 2015

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Broadcast TV News

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Many U.S. medical systems are using medical-legal partnerships to help disadvantaged patients who need help navigating problems with landlords and insurers that interfere with their health.

OZY

Jacob Kushner

1 September 2015

Kenya

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An African internet company has managed to do what the richest technology companies in Silicon Valley have attempted: Bring affordable and reliable internet service to rural communities. With the use of cheap solar te...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Robin Wood

30 August 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Formerly a motel, Karluk Manor is Alaska’s original Housing First facility, a new approach to solving homelessness that focuses first and foremost on providing housing to people in need, and then later addressing prob...

Latino USA

Golda Arthur

21 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Students who learn English as a second language often struggle in school, but at International High, diversity is the model. Out of its 350 students, 40 countries are represented. Founded in 2005, the high school curr...

Upworthy

Eric March

18 August 2015

Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States

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In Gloucester Mass. an epidemic of Heroin use called for innovate solutions. This piece looks at the aftermath of a new initiative by police in which they refer drug arrests to rehab, rather than charging users.

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.

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