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Mikaela Lefrak

15 April 2020

District of Columbia, United States

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A D.C.-area nonprofit that normally links refugee and immigrant chefs with paid internships at local restaurants has pivoted to directly paying those chefs to produce meals to donate across the DMV area for COVID-19 r...

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Dominique Maria Bonessi

25 March 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite the closure of businesses and mandates for social distancing, the Montgomery County Council in Washington, D.C. has continued to hold meetings despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To keep all involved saf...

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Margaret Barthel

21 March 2020

Anacostia, Washington, United States

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As the coronavirus pandemic sends people to grocery stores to obtain supplies, a grassroots effort is underway in one neighborhood in Anacostia, Washington to help get food to those who have difficulty accessing stori...

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Tyrone Turner

5 March 2020

Hagerstown, Maryland, United States

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Named after his daughter who overdosed, a former narcotics police officer created Brooke's House, a women's treatment facility in Maryland. Combining methodologies and using multiple approaches, the program works to h...

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Mikaela Lefrak

15 November 2018

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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To combat the challenges of finding art studio space as well as childcare, an experimental program in Washington, D.C. provides space to artists alongside childcare on site. The “Artist Mother Studio” is a pilot progr...

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Carmel Delshad

28 August 2018

Landover, Maryland, United States

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A soccer camp has given refugee children in the Washington region a home away from home. L.A.C.E.S. — Life And Change Experienced thru Sports — shares the fun of the sport and aims to build young people’s confidence a...

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Mikaela Lefrak

25 July 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Washington Women’s Art Center, in operation from 1975 to 1987, was founded as a space to promote women artists away from the institutionalized misogyny of the art world. In addition to exhibitions, the Center also...

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Selena Simmons-Duffin

19 April 2018

District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington, D.C. triage nurses are partnering with 911 dispatchers to help divert non-emergency needs from emergency care in the city. This new pilot program aims to reduce the percentage of 911 calls that are not ...

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Jacob Fenston

Tyrone Turner

26 March 2018

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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The Anacostia, which has long been one of the most polluted rivers in the country, has been given a new lease on life, thanks to cleanup efforts and a recent sewer upgrade in D.C. Since water quality has improved, the...

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Armando Trull

4 May 2017

Virginia, United States

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Many immigrants come into the United States with visual representation of former gang involvement, preventing them from shedding their past mistakes. A group in Northern Virginia is helping these immigrants make life ...

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Armando Trull

10 April 2017

Maryland, United States

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Many young Latina women live their lives in fear of gang violence. The Montgomery County Street Outreach Network rescues girls in danger and offers services to them in order to help them change their chances of success.

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Kavitha Cardoza

1 July 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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The Padua Project in Fort Worth, Texas, has set a goal of getting 100 poor people out of poverty in three years — with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. But, is it working?

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Armando Trull

30 June 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A city-run diversion program in D.C., Alternatives to the Court Experience keeps young, low-level offenders out of jail with counseling and by channeling their energy into better activities.

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Kavitha Cardoza

30 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Padua Project is an innovative program that has a goal of getting poor people out of poverty in three years with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. Its unusual success involved a collaboration...

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Kavitha Cardoza

29 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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One of the challenges is that social workers who help poor people typically have large caseloads of clients and lots of paperwork, often leading to burnout. The Padua Project is trying to change that with what they ca...

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Kavitha Cardoza

28 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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For five decades, tens of thousands of people have fought poverty. Trillions of dollars have been spent, but poverty is a stubborn enemy. In the second part of a five-part series, WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza tells us about...

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Armando Trull

13 April 2016

Maryland, United States

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Teachers do not know how to help or understand unaccompanied minors fleeing from Central America, suffering from complex trauma. Montgomery County Public Schools asked the Compadre Network to train educators in a cour...

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Armando Trull

23 March 2016

Maryland, United States

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In Prince George's County School system, two schools have offered international schools, which have a different curriculum for immigrants new to the USA. This has caused complaints and difficulties with the other stud...

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Martin Austermuhle

14 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For individuals with developmental disabilities in Washington, D.C., inclusion’s uphill battle, while still happening, has shown results. After the practice of institutionalization ended decades ago, there was a shift...

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Matthew S. Schwartz

25 February 2016

Fort Meade, Maryland, United States

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Paying at-risk people to stay out of trouble is the most controversial part of a new D.C. crime bill that also proposes counseling and other services to prevent repeat offenses. But a similar program is already in use...

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Armando Trull

24 February 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem? Counselor...

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Sukey Lewis

23 February 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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With homicides up 50 percent last year, the D.C. Council is backing a controversial new crime bill aimed at stopping the violence. It’s modeled in part on a 9-year-old program in Richmond, California. Each year, 50 yo...

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Armando Trull

25 November 2015

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Currently, the District of Columbia and 10 states, including Maryland, issue limited driving licenses to undocumented workers, with two more set to issue such licenses in the coming months.

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Kavitha Cardoza

21 September 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Across the globe, there are nearly 60 million students studying in Catholic institutions. In the United States, however, those numbers have been falling in recent years, forcing schools to come up with new ways to col...

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Kavitha Cardoza

1 August 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Today, the Posse Foundation selects 700 students from 10 cities and sends them in groups of 10 to colleges all over the country, creating networks of support to help them succeed. Most are low-income students of color...

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