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The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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7 December 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Friends of the Children' is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by giving an at risk child an adult mentor to help guide them. The program results in kids who avoid teen pregnancy, graduate from high school, an...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

4 December 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Gentrification is a sticky subject in neighborhoods across the United States, and too often the "rebranding" of a community creates divisions between neighbors from different backgrounds, and paves over important cult...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Thomas Fox Parry

29 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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While there are many factors that have contributed to the sky high incarceration rates in the United States which have left prisons bursting at the seams, one of the causes remains the simple fact that the resources o...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

SJ 60

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

Larry Platt

18 July 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Rare are the days of cordiality towards opposing party politicians within American government. Specifically, a shift has occurred in which politicians no longer know each other, which can have detrimental effects on g...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Sarah Jordan

25 May 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Prospects in Camden, NJ, one of the most impoverished and murder-ridden cities in the U.S., are finally looking up, particularly for its younger residents. This is in part thanks to Hopeworks, a nonprofit that provide...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Quinn O'Callaghan

9 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Facing social stigma as well as other effects of being incarcerated, Philabundance Community Kitchen is using culinary education to provide much needed services to those formerly incarcerated. Via cooking classes and ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Stephen St.Vincent

12 October 2016

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Low-income people often miss out on court dates because they cannot afford to miss work or leave their children. Michigan and Ohio courts have incorporated the Matterhorn “online adjudication system” to handle simple ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

SJ 60

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

Larry Platt

16 January 2016

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Josh Shapiro has reimagined how suburban public dollars are spent and reinvented government in the process: Beginning at zero. In doing so, he has stripped the budget of non-core line items.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Gillian McGoldrick

17 December 2015

London, United Kingdom

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A London nonprofit adopts a filthy city street to find ways to discourage litter, succeeding by using humor, graphic design, and citizen engagement. Creativity proves effective in cleaning up the streets.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Robert Digiacomo

14 December 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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An inner city Detroit program places 90 percent of graduates in well-paying tech jobs by teaching them how to code. It may serve as a viable path for Philadelphia citizens, as well.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Hannah Keyser

12 November 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A New York program bridges the word gap—the disparity in children's vocabularies—for children of the incarcerated by allowing their fathers to record themselves reading stories.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Malcolm Burnley

20 October 2015

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Making Philly more accessible to college students could help keep them in the city after graduation, prolonging the economic benefit and supplying skilled workers.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Emma Eisenberg

7 October 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A Detroit program offers writers a (free) home of their own to bring new creative life to a dying city.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Emma Eisenberg

5 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Philadelphia's criminal justice system is overwhelmed. New York is allowing judges to release low-risk defendants accused of non-violent crimes with the goal of saving money, reducing prison overcrowding, and cutting...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Emma Eisenberg

1 August 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Crimes against LGBT citizens have gone underreported in many U.S. cities. Washington DC’s Gay and Lesbian Liason Unit has employed and trained LGBT officers to represent community members that they protect and serve. ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

SJ 60

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

Emma Eisenberg

14 July 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Want to ensure that Philadelphia children can read? Let’s do what they did in Minneapolis: Get books into their homes.

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