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The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

5 August 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project started an intergenerational healing circle in 2020 that brought together young men with older men who served decades in prison, after being sentenced as youth. As a for...

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Courtney Duchene

27 July 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Tribaja connects a diverse pool of qualified candidates to tech companies that have cultivated supportive work environments for people of color in an industry that has famously lacked inclusion. Tech companies have at...

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Jessica Blatt Press

21 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Financial Scholars is bringing financial literacy to students and their families as well. Students are taught about credit scores, bank accounts, and budgets, as well as entrepreneurial skills through an ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Chaundra Furin-Campbell

27 May 2021

Wilsonville, Oregon, United States

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More than 1,000 women incarcerated at Oregon's Coffee Creek Correctional Facility have participated since 2015 in Reason to Run, a program promoting better physical and mental health through running. Participants rece...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

20 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia police fail to solve most of the city's growing number of homicides, in part because of the no-snitching street code, a byproduct of the community's lack of trust in police. But the streets do sometimes t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jane M. Von Bergen

17 May 2021

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

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A relatively new approach to teaching elementary school students called "The Science of Reading," is upending the way teachers approach curriculum. This pedagogical system places equal emphasis on auditory learning as...

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Jo Piazza

13 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, public agencies and funding serve homicide victims' families. But grassroots groups target the enormous gaps in services for the survivors of gun violence, people whose unaddressed needs – medical, fi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

William Keo

12 May 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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In response to a string of hate crimes across the country that has left the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community on edge, a volunteer-led group is standing in solidarity through more than just words. Compassi...

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Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 May 2021

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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For a city like Philadelphia, with rising violence and a lack of community trust in the police, Camden and Newark serve as examples of the positive changes that come about when outside forces impose the kinds of refor...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

29 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's PowerCorpsPHL and a larger program it resembles, Chicago's CRED, spring from one reality: Young men prone to gun violence will readily leave street violence and the underground economy if offered the op...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Mahala Garcia-Bartch

27 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Unscripted Project in Philadelphia is helping middle schoolers learn valuable life skills an unconventional method—improv. During a workshop, participants learn to persevere in the face of adversity, equipping the...

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Jo Piazza

22 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's Cure Violence program uses violence interrupters whose street credibility can mediate disputes before they turn deadly. This program and a related group violence intervention program, focused deterrence...

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Jemille Q. Duncan

20 April 2021

India

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Law Rewired, run by law students and an advisory board of legal scholars, translates complex laws and landmark court decisions into plain language so people can understand them. Real-world examples, easy to read bulle...

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Courtney Duchene

5 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Four local organizations have teamed up to provide $15 million in loans for the Latinx community in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The affordable loans have gone to affordable housing, small businesses, ...

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Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

1 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Youth Vote is a nonpartisan effort, organized by a local social studies teacher, to prepare 18-year-olds to vote. In addition to registering about 700 students in the summer of 2020, the group advocates changin...

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Courtney Duchene

17 March 2021

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Hopeworks is providing a paid job training program along with internship and employment opportunities in any of three businesses owned by the nonprofit. Hopeworks also provides living arrangements in a residential pro...

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Jessica Blatt Press

9 March 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Amy Edelstein thought that if high school students knew how to meditate they could learn how to focus, stay on track, and regulate negative self-talk. They could become better. So, in 2014 she started the Inner Streng...

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Jessica Blatt Press

25 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A residential recycling program in Philadelphia is picking up electronics and clothing from homes for a fee. Retrievr has already prevented 100,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills. The program was implemen...

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Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

4 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Universal Basic Income programs around the country have demonstrated the effectiveness of distributing cash to people who are economically struggling. Philadelphia distributed $1.7 million through the Worker Relief Fu...

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Jessica Blatt Press

7 January 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A pediatric care center in Philadelphia has partnered with a nonprofit that "helps people with tax prep and asset-building" as well as an organization that provides financial counselors to offer young patients free, o...

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Courtney Duchene

22 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's largest medical-marijuana dispensary, TerraVida Holistic Centers, struggled to find enough employees, given the state's ban on the industry's employment of people with marijuana convictions, TerraV...

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James Peterson

2 November 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Several cities across the U.S. have organized Racial Equity Rapid Response (RERR) teams to address and combat "the racial disparities exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19." Although each city's version of this team loo...

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Jessica Blatt Press

28 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new learning pod at a church is serving at least 30 students in Philadelphia. The idea for the pod was the result of a listening tour with the community. “We heard directly from parents and caregivers about their ne...

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Courtney Duchene

21 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Promptworks is a tech company seeking to create a nurturing environment for its own employees as well as help the local community. When the pandemic shut down the city, Promptworks created a mutual-aid platform connec...

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Jessica Blatt Press

19 October 2020

United States

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Citizens' assemblies, where a randomly selected representative sample of people work together to make decisions and find policy solutions to social issues, is an effective approach to decision-making that bridges pola...

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