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The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

29 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a program based on a similar initiative in Cleveland is on its way to success. PAGE (Philadelphia Anchors for Growth & Equity) will direct spending from large institutions locally. Specifically, it wi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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Voter turnout is higher where voting is made easy. Consider one innovation: vote-by mail. States that allowed mail-in ballots had an average of 10 percent more voting in the 2016 election than other states. More innov...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

31 October 2018

Philadelphia, United States

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In Philadelphia, the City Bright initiative is working to pay individuals experiencing homelessness to help clean up the streets in city neighborhoods. While it might not pay much and is not a silver bullet solution, ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

24 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Since Ascend Charter Schools switched from the popular "No Excuses" model to a Responsive Classroom philosophy, test scores have steadily risen, suspension rates have dropped dramatically, and the racial achievement g...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia non-profit is targeting young people who struggle when leaving the foster care system and providing them with comprehensive services to help them transition into independent living successfully; that in...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 October 2018

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With support from Accountability Lab and Transparency International, seven countries have held “Integrity Idol” contests to recognize their most honest and helpful public servants. Winners have become people others wa...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

4 September 2018

Michigan, United States

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To combat the intense teacher turnover rate nationwide, the University of Michigan's School of Education is rolling out a new training program that models itself after residencies in the medical field. After graduatin...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

11 June 2018

Paris, France

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Paris has become a leader in reducing food waste by passing legislation that requires large grocery stores to donate leftover food or compost it. Since 2016, this measure has saved over 10 million meals a year. In Phi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

23 May 2018

Albuquerque, Pennsylvania, United States

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A publicly available online platform launched by the New York Attorney General fills in big data gaps on guns being used in crimes and trafficked from elsewhere. “We were able to get a snapshot really quickly of where...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Shift Capital, a mission-driven real estate group in Philadelphia, tried a new tactic to bring business back to an old neighborhood. The Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge asked businesses to apply for open storef...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

26 March 2018

United States

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Increasingly, schools are using threat assessment teams to prevent shootings. Composed of school and law enforcement officials, the groups direct potentially dangerous students to appropriate resources. One study foun...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

19 March 2018

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

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In Somerville, MA, businesses, nonprofits, government officials, and schools take a collaborative and holistic approach to improving children's lives. “Thinking about city budget, priorities, decision-making through t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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2 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Fairhill, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia, voter turnout was a mere 12% in one recent election. Fairhill Neighbors, a coalition of neighborhood groups, is seeking to combat lower turnout rates with a personal...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

1 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program in Philadelphia created to divert students who get in trouble away from the juvenile justice system is poised to grow into the first Juvenile Justice Hub in the country with help from a competitive grant pro...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

16 February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If we can't reach consensus on gun laws, what about ensuring people who may be a threat to themselves or the community cannot access their firearms? Extreme risk protection orders are already in place in four states a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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19 January 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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While asthma has a large impact—including being the most common reason for school absence—data on the disease can be difficult to collect. An app called Propeller has been developed which tracks medication use among p...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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7 December 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The organization, Friends of the Children, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by giving at-risk children adult mentors to help guide them. The program results in kids who avoid teen pregnancy, graduate from...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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7 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia is one of the poorest cities. Its poverty is a huge concern and feeds into many of the negative aspects of the city. The city is now looking to Smart Cities technology such as smart streetlights, to provi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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25 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Launched in September 2017, Cognoma is a database of information regarding the genetic makeup of cancerous tumors developed in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania researchers and Philadelphia’s tech commu...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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18 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Far too many students in Philadelphia are not successfully completing their university degrees. A new program at Community College of Philadelphia involves high school freshman taking the equivalent of two years of co...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

27 May 2016

Delaware, United States

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Mary Dozier's Infant Caregiver Project helps shape young brains for success from their earliest days, well before they enter pre-K, by teaching parents how to form secure bonds with their children.

The Philadelphia Citizen

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18 May 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit offers a model for providing residents with no-interest loans to perform upkeep on their houses, thereby working to stimulate the local construction economy and improve quality of life.

The Philadelphia Citizen

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11 May 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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YouthBuild focuses on a tough demographic: 18- to 21-year-old drop-outs who are eligible for neither regular high school nor adult education. The program mixes classroom learning and vocational education, qualifying t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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18 April 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Covenant House is Philadelphia's only shelter for older adolescents who have run away, been victims of abuse, been sex trafficked or abandoned.

The Philadelphia Citizen

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22 March 2016

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

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In Takoma Park, Maryland, the voting age for local elections is 16. Lowering the age has increased turnout among youth—and studies show that the sooner people start to vote, the more likely they are to be lifetime vo...

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