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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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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 the last 40 years, people with developmental disabilities in D.C. have been fighting for the chance to be like everyone else. This is their story.

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Matthew S. Schwartz

25 February 2016

Fort Meade, Maryland, United States

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aying 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 — minus the money ...

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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

11 December 2015

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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American kids are bullying, inflicting violence and name calling kids who have illegally arrived from Central America in places such as Maryland and D.C. To combat this problem police have increased their presence at ...

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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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Kavitha Cardoza

1 August 2014

Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States

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As many as 40 percent of the approximately 2 million military children in the United States are under the age of 5. Educating these young learners has become a priority in recent decades, and the military has become a...

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Kavitha Cardoza

1 August 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Many military children are resilient, but there are also a lot in public schools across the U.S. who experience difficulties. School Liaison Officers help those children by bridging the gap between the military and th...

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Kavitha Cardoza

1 August 2014

Auburn, Washington, United States

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Only $2 billion a year is spent on adult education in the U.S. A Washington State program is making the best of that minimal funding by combining skills training with basic education, preparing adults for jobs. The se...

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Kavitha Cardoza

1 August 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Department of Defense schools boast high test scores, have high graduation rates and are very popular with military families who make use of them. Many choose to live on base just so their children can attend these sc...

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