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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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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2 February 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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An Albuquerque program pays panhandlers to clean up city trash—and gets them needed help, pairing city services with a jobs program.

The Philadelphia Citizen

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27 July 2015

Colorado, United States

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A Colorado program reduced the state’s teen birth rate by 40 percent by providing young women with long-acting reversible birth control.

The Philadelphia Citizen

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28 May 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A local math teacher is trying to bring a successful Motor City tutoring program to Philly. The secret ingredient? Love for math, and building relationships between mentors and students.

The Philadelphia Citizen

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4 March 2015

United Kingdom

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In England, schools are evaluated by actual visits to schools by a group of professional educators, rather than simply by test scores.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

6 January 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Large one-size-fits-all high schools are failing. In New York City, an experiment in small schools seems to be working.

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