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Juan Moreno Haines

15 October 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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To combat opioid overdose deaths among incarcerated people, the California prison system in January 2020 launched a treatment program that combines medication-assisted treatment with professional and peer counseling. ...

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Hayley Zhao

6 October 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas' Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team dispatches clinicians and social workers with police to 911 calls for mental health crises. Within two days, the team follows up to make sure people received the services...

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Adina Solomon

29 September 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Secure Neighborhoods program lets select police officers buy houses at subsidized prices if they move into a mostly Black, historically disinvested neighborhood. The aim of the program is to make police officers p...

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Solcyre Burga

3 August 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As a solution for the garbage littering his block, a Philadelphia resident has launched a much-needed movement to keep the streets clean. Sanitation services have been affected since the pandemic, leading to staff sho...

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Marianne Dhenin

29 June 2021

United States

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In 1965 a traveling salesman published a series of travel guides with gay or gay-friendly businesses across the U.S. that became survival guides for the LGBTQ community. “Mapping the Gay Guides” has digitized those co...

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Roshan Abraham

17 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Studies show that abstinence-based prevention drug programs like D.A.R.E don't work. To provide another option, the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit, developed its own curriculum called “Safety First.” The 15-lesson...

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Oscar Perry Abello

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Locally owned restaurant delivery platforms charge lower commissions than national giants like GrubHub, allow customers to order food on smart-phone apps, and have found ways to be profitable while also keeping money ...

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Emily Nonko

15 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In 2014, the community organization Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha piloted a community-based Food Buying Club in Philadelphia. This initiative allowed local residents to buy food in bulk at wholesale prices. The...

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Celeste Hamilton Dennis

10 June 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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Code/Art trains art teachers in a curriculum that combines art and coding, with the goal of inspiring girls to code. They also offer weekly clubs for elementary and middle school girls, a Future Female Tech Leaders pr...

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Henry Pan

10 June 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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With extra buses available due to lower ridership during the pandemic, Metro Transit worked with key partners to turn six buses into mobile vaccination clinics. Metro Transit provided drivers and retrofitted the buses...

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Emily Nonko

9 June 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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Artists at Work is a pilot project of THE OFFICE performing arts + film that paired artists with cultural and community partners to work on local initiatives. For their work, the artists were paid a living wage, inclu...

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Kristi Eaton

9 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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People who spend their time in prison getting physically fit might seek to turn what they've learned into a job as a fitness trainer, once they're released. But felony convictions act as a barrier to such jobs. A Seco...

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Sakshi Udavant

3 June 2021

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Akron, Ohio, is “creating a circular economy” in hopes of helping small businesses and encouraging residents to shop locally. A city-sponsored app, Akronite, is used by consumers to make purchases and earn reward poin...

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Roshan Abraham

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Solitary Gardens project started in New Orleans and has been copied in multiple other places as a combination art exhibit and therapeutic link between incarcerated people and the outside world. People on both side...

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Emily Nonko

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Onerous paperwork and required legal documents keep many youth - especially those not living with legal guardians - from taking part in city internships, so YouthForce NOLA worked with the city to pilot an internship ...

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Kristi Eaton

26 May 2021

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Urban Coders Guild provides STEM education opportunities to underrepresented communities and is working with local students to build websites for the businesses destroyed during the Tulsa Race Massacre. While none of ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

18 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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“UNDSCVRD SF," funded by the SOMA Community Stabilization Fund and produced by the nonprofit Kultivate Labs, is a night market held once a month from July to November that features a range of Filipino vendors. There ...

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Kate Elizabeth Queram

17 May 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Street murals and innovative safety features have transformed a dangerous intersection. The Kansas City project not only improved the aesthetic, it also decreased noise pollution, pedestrian crossing distances, and ve...

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Oscar Perry Abello

17 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco-based New Resource Bank was launched with environmental sustainability lending as its niche. But it pursued easier profits for a time, risking its survival and mission until a new CEO turned its fortunes...

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Ambika Chawla

14 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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An initiative to bring solar power to public housing in D.C. is helping residents of Jubilee Housing. Community solar, which shares the electricity generated amongst multiple households, makes solar energy an affordab...

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Jared Brey

4 May 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Legacy Resident Retention program is helping longtime homeowners remain in their homes despite rising taxes and property values in Atlanta, Georgia. The program aims to mitigate gentrification and displacement as ...

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Rebecca Greenwald

30 April 2021

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Live Venue Recovery Fund offers a path for independent music operators to purchase their venue. The fund buys the properties, and collects rent, but are limited to a 12% return rate and the contract lays out a pat...

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Arielle Milkman

28 April 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Participatory planning, or meetings conducted to gather input from communities, have proven to be ineffective. It turns out community engagement doesn’t always result in highlighting issues and improving the quality o...

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Julia Hotz

27 April 2021

Astoria, New York, United States

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Neighborhoods throughout New York are banding together to create their own mutual aid networks to help their community members during the coronavirus pandemic. From grocery shopping to fundraising for resources such a...

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Melanie Bavaria

22 April 2021

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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While community colleges across the country saw a decrease in enrollment during the pandemic, one school, Nashville State, saw a slight increase in the number of Tennesse Reconnect students enrolled. Tenneese Recconne...

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