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Eoin O'Carroll

27 August 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-profit in Cambridge, England has created a mobile app to connect homeless people with donations, even when passersby do not carry cash they can donate. Still in its early phases, the app has helped 11 people rea...

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Christa Case Bryant

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24 August 2018

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

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Flying High is a nonprofit that helps people find new jobs and purpose, especially those fighting opioid addiction. Rather than simply focusing on the healthcare solution, this program also provides job training, with...

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Eva Botkin-Kowacki

20 August 2018

Chatham, Massachusetts, United States

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Cape Cod is losing its namesake fish to climate change and overfishing, which is in turn hurting the profits of local fisherman. Adapting to the circumstances, fisherman have begun catching and marketing dogfish as th...

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Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, IL, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

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Erlan Varela

31 July 2018

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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In Honduras a former gang member created a nonprofit skating club to give young people healthy alternatives to crime and vandalism. With donations from USAID, the Catholic Church and others Skate Brothers serves about...

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Noble Ingram

30 July 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Communities, often low-income neighborhoods or communities of color, that were separated by the construction of highways across America are reconnecting by building "deck parks." The parks include room for public gree...

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Grace Elletson

25 July 2018

Rwanda

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Through a myriad of policies that help small farmers gain resources and training, as well as inheritance laws that empower women to inherit land they previously couldn't own, Rwanda is increasing food security and dec...

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Sara Manisera

20 June 2018

Sessa Aurunca, Italy

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A cooperative in Italy is providing employment to disadvantaged people using land once owned by the Mafia, providing a practical solution for those who need meaningful work and a symbolic blow to organized crime. It'...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

19 June 2018

Nigeria

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Gathered in makeshift open-air learning spaces, teachers and students in Nigeria are resisting Boko Haram's reign of terror against education. “They don’t like education; they don’t want it,” one 19-year old student s...

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Felix Franz

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18 June 2018

Kumily, Kerala, India

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With poaching on the rise in the South Indian Periyar Tiger Reserve, officials turned to the poachers themselves to see if they could turn their problem into a solution. In lieu of facing charges, the poachers became ...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

14 June 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Fatherhood programs in cities like St. Louis aim to halt the generation impacts of fathers who are not involved in the lives of their children. The mentorship and support provided can help people become better fathers...

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Stéphanie Jacob

14 June 2018

MARRAKESH, Morocco

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The Marrakesh-based Amal for the Culinary Arts offers Moroccan women from disadvantaged backgrounds free training in order to become culinary chefs. Through the program they get hands on experience. They also help the...

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Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

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Elizabeth Svoboda

4 June 2018

Cartagena, Colombia

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Coral reefs across the world are quickly losing the battle against warming oceans, but one reef off the coast of Colombia is defying all odds. As shipping development threatens to become a reality in the near future, ...

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Whitney Eulich

7 May 2018

Las Carolinas, Puerto Rico

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Prior to Hurricane Maria, it was not uncommon for Puerto Ricans to consider leaving the area to pursue careers elsewhere. Months after, however, as the wreckage from the disaster is far from remedied, the community me...

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Asia London Palomba

25 April 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Employment and long-term housing help homeless individuals get back on their feet. Albuquerque's "There's A Better Way" offers jobs, food, counseling, and housing to those in need, one of more than 20 programs across ...

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Mary Esch

18 April 2018

Schenectady, New York, United States

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As more low-income students and single parents enter two and four year colleges, over 570 campuses across the United States have responded by opening food pantries to fill the gap between food stamps and dining halls....

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Howard LaFranchi

15 April 2018

Thennamadevi, India

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The teenage girls of Thennamadevi are leaders in their community. They’re actively fighting against gender discrimination by organizing. They successfully lobbied politicians and brought streetlights, and sanitary nap...

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Whitney Eulich

9 April 2018

Naguabo, Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico communities, land and the local coasts. With many relying on fishing as a significant source of income, fishermen have been suffering since with polluted waters and a diminished ...

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Sara Manisera

23 March 2018

Baghdad, Iraq

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The Shahrazad Center in Baghdad offers workshops and free legal services to women experiencing domestic abuse, violence, threats and gender-based discrimination. Lawyer Rajaa Abd Ali says, “Here we teach women their r...

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Ann Doss Helms

19 March 2018

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Amidst the movement to integrate Career Technical Education (CTE) into college courses, one teacher decided to develop an all-female introductory auto shop class, empowering high school girls to learn skills that are ...

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7 March 2018

SOSHANGUVE, South Africa

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Group sessions, workplace videos, badges, these are just some of the ways various people around the world are addressing sexual, and physical assault. In light of the #MeToo movement in the U.S., the Christian Science...

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Harry Bruinius

2 March 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two women travel on a journey seeking to heal pain through forgiveness with the help of a program in Baltimore that brings together mothers who have lost sons to violence. One woman's son was murdered and the other wo...

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Sara Miller Llana

28 February 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

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How do we combat gender violence? Gender inequality? Transphobia? Well, in school. “You want to start this conversation in kindergarten.” Across the world, a slew of schools, programs, and teachers are bringing gender...

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Harry Bruinius

15 February 2018

New York, New York

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Criticism and protests led by community activists in NY led to wide scale changes in NYPD’s policing, it resulted in a large decrease at the unequal way the NYPD racially profiled black and latino men. Many of this ac...

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