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Story Hinckley

5 March 2019

Thoreau, New Mexico, United States

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In Thoreau, New Mexico, many of the district's teachers live in the "teacherage," a neighborhood of modest, affordable homes set aside for the town's educators. Thoreau's model, which offers rent subsidization and a b...

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Patrik Jonsson

26 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The New Orleans Police Department did not have the best reputation among the community due to a series of corrupt acts committed by individual officers on the force. Thanks to a series of outreach efforts to marginali...

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Patrik Jonsson

25 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Across the United States, unsolved criminal cases have been on the rise. Not only does this leave those committing the crimes on the streets, it also decreases community trust in police and undermines the wellbeing of...

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Leslie Roberts

8 February 2019

Maiduguri, Nigeria

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The Neem Foundation brings intensive counseling and 1-on-1 therapy to survivors who escaped the horrific violence of Boko Haram, a terrorist group in northeastern Nigeria. With months of aid and tough conversations, t...

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Innocent Eteng

7 February 2019

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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A local, grass-roots art project in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, spreads awareness about and encourages action against government-sponsored evictions in the city's low-income communities. Cinematic films, music, and journa...

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Eoin O'Carroll

7 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Human-based fact checking offers a more dynamic and thorough way to determine the credibility of news outlets than the use of machine learning software. Although humans are still prone to implicit biases, NewsGuard’s ...

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Dina Kraft

6 February 2019

Tel Aviv, Israel

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A school in Tel Aviv welcomes immigrant and refugee children with open arms, providing language classes, long school days, extracurricular activities, and more. Members of the community volunteer to tutor and lead aft...

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Sarita Santoshini

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31 January 2019

West Bengal, India

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In India, survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are joining together to form support groups that aim to change community perspectives around prevention and rehabilitation efforts for young women. Not ...

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Julie Carr Smyth

28 January 2019

Worthington, Ohio, United States

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In a Ohio high school social studies class, U.S. Political Thought and Radicalism, the teacher invites representatives from the country's most extreme political groups, including the National Socialist Movement and th...

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Story Hinckley

15 January 2019

Santa Fe, United States

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Wings of America is a New Mexico based organization that uses running as a way for Native Americans to reconnect with their pasts and cultures while combatting pervasive stereotypes. The organization also organizes ru...

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Mahwish Qayyum

14 January 2019

Pakistan

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In Pakistan, water sanitation and hygiene is more than just a public health issue - it's also an issue of women's rights and safety as women face harassment when attempting to access water or when having to defecate i...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

2 January 2019

Rwanda

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Cooperation between state public health and religious institutions expands access to family planning resources for women. In areas of Rwanda where the Catholic Church operates some of the only healthcare centers, the ...

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Simon Montlake

2 January 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In Tulsa, Oklahoma, philanthropist George Kaiser has invested heavily in Educare, a year-round early learning program, and wraparound services, such as prison-diversion and family-based programs, with the belief that ...

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Jessica Mendoza

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19 December 2018

Jefferson, Iowa, United States

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An interesting advocate for spreading tech jobs into small towns comes in the form of Silicon Valley’s congressman. Representative Ro Khanna hopes that investing in small towns will stimulate local economies as well a...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

18 December 2018

Muhanga, Rwanda

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Drones complement emergency health services in poorly connected regions. Across Rwanda, where the state of infrastructure poses an ongoing structural challenge, drones are making emergency deliveries of blood possible...

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John Colin Marston

10 December 2018

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, ...

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Simon Montlake

26 November 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The Birth Through Eight Strategy in Tulsa, Oklahoma offers social services, such as in-home postpartum visits, as a way to bridge the gap often created by the city’s social and racial divide. Not only does this impact...

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Jacob Kushner

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26 November 2018

Uganda

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Uganda is known for its dangerous, and often violent, anti-LGBT culture. But for those identifying as LGBT, living in a rural area can make acceptance surprisingly easier. Due to smaller community sizes and more close...

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Stacey Knott

16 November 2018

Ghana

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High tech innovations are making agriculture more productive while creating skilled jobs. In Ghana, tech startups like Acquah Aviation and TROTRO Tractor offer technology-sharing services to farmers. With urbanization...

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Noble Ingram

30 October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Somerville, MA is one of a growing number of cities that has implemented a two-way dual immersion program in its schools. These programs combine fluent English speakers and English language learners in the same room, ...

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Patrik Jonsson

29 October 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The new Atlanta United soccer team has brought excitement and community to many areas of the city - but perhaps the most unusual spot is public transport stops. “Station soccer” now is activating spaces at two MARTA t...

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Lauren Littell

29 October 2018

Gary, Indiana, United States

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The Grand Calumet River in Indiana was once infamous for its levels of pollution and contamination. Although it didn't happen overnight, collaboration efforts between public and private players was key to restoring th...

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Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

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Eva Fedderly

24 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When a need for more libraries and more affordable housing arose in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pursued a plan to combine the two. The result is a partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Publ...

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David Karas

14 October 2018

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Activists hope to reduce the number of young smokers by raising the legal smoking age to 21. Instead of working for a national change, they're tackling the issue one small town at a time.

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