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Nina Feldman

6 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Making schoolyards and public spaces green improves the health and wellbeing of communities. But without a way for schools in Philadelphia to allocate more funding toward schoolyard construction, the city’s school dis...

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Nina Feldman

6 February 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Access to green spaces improves the well being of individuals and neighborhoods alike. By turning schoolyards into publicly accessible green spaces, the city of San Francisco’s Shared Schoolyard Program created spaces...

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Bobby Allyn

31 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, where the homicide rate recently hit a ten-year high, teams known as violence interrupters are stepping in to employ crisis intervention in high-risk areas. By using several different tactics includin...

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Sonia Narang

18 October 2018

Kamikatsu, Japan

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Kamikatsu, a small town in rural Japan, went from incinerating trash to recycling about 80 percent of it--all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money. The program is run by Zero Waste Academy, a nonpr...

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Sara Hoover

8 October 2018

Pennsylvania, United States

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Two state agencies in Pennsylvania collaborated to launch a program that trains inmates on financial literacy skills in an effort to curb recidivism. The Department of Corrections and the Department of Banking and Sec...

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Taylor Allen

24 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) in Philadelphia offers free and low-cost afterschool and summer activities to students in low-income areas that otherwise do not have access to extracurriculars. ASAP has...

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Avi Wolfman-Arent

10 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Recognizing that "much of childhood happens outside the classroom," a Philadelphia initiative is creating opportunities for students to learn basic math concepts and gain basic literacy skills while shopping in the gr...

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Martha Dalton

24 August 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Schools in Atlanta are embedding public health clinics in their buildings for both students as well as the public at large. These clinics keep students in school by providing easy access to care rather than having the...

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Aaron Moselle

17 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Long-term housing support helps end the cycles of displacement that lead to chronic homelessness. Although permanent supportive housing programs are usually associated with older individuals, such programs can be dire...

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Randy Scott Carroll

9 August 2018

New Jersey, United States

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Adaptive sports enrich the lives and well-being of people with disabilities. Life Rolls On is an adaptive sports organization that promotes events like “They Will Surf Again,” where volunteers help people with disabil...

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Elana Gordon

5 July 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In Vancouver, supervised injection facilities get drug users off the street and under the watchful eyes of trained medical professionals. This is a response to the huge number of overdose death in the city. The sites ...

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Nina Feldman

22 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, a Philadelphia non-profit, makes and delivers healthy meals to people with serious illnesses. The deliveries kick-start healthy eating at home, so recipients are ...

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Katie Colaneri

27 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For Redina, and others suffering from addiction, it is hard to break the cycle. 'Women Working for a Change' is a program that tries to change addicts' thinking in order to prevent a relapse.

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Dana Difilippo

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23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many low-income people who are arrested, coming up with even a small amount of bail money is nearly impossible, leaving them to languish for months before their cases are ever adjudicated. That means lost jobs and...

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Danielle Fox

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A hackathon in Philadelphia brought together a diverse group of people, including formerly incarcerated individuals, to discuss the complex issue of reentry and come up with tech-based ways to help. The collaboration ...

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Bobby Allyn

14 September 2017

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Officials around Pennsylvania who want to reduce recidivism are studying a re-entry program in Lancaster that gives former inmates intensive case management to help them return to society. That includes transitional h...

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Katie Colaneri

1 August 2017

Pennsylvania, United States

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Peer to peer programs have existed since the 1980s. These programs pair up a person with mental health illness, with one another. The concept, is relatively new in the prison systems, and is gaining traction in states...

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Aaron Moselle

10 January 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program launched in Philadelphia to help inmates reintegrate into the community has hit some stumbling blocks and the new executive director is turning to experts to help fix things: former inmates. She is convenin...

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Eleanor Klibanoff

23 December 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Despite a few remaining flaws to overcome, models for free community college in Chicago and Tennessee are serving as beacons for the rest of the nation in a time when many are calling for higher education to be more a...

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Joe Hernandez

21 December 2016

New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey has eliminated cash bail and will instead make a determination, driven in part by computer algorithms, on whether someone is likely to commit another crime or not show up for their court date. This eliminat...

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Emily Previti

5 December 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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Rates of recidivism in Pennsylvania have dropped substantially in recent years. Part of this decrease is due to the efforts of the Union County Justice Bridge Housing Program, which assists ex-offenders with housing. ...

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Margaret J. Krauss

23 November 2016

Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Pennsylvania College of Technology is preparing the workforce - and not just undergrad or graduate students - for dynamic and evolving industries through a "stackable credential" model. Built like a Lego pyramid, ...

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Aaron Moselle

12 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An expungement clinic in Philadelphia allows some with criminal charges in their past to start the process of having those sealed from public view by a judge. The workshops follow the passage of Act 5, a new state law...

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Eleanor Klibanoff

24 August 2016

United States

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Urban decay has left a "physical legacy" of past economic hardships in cities. Many cities across the world are now implementing programs that promote public art that rebuilds and reimagines neighborhoods.

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Jon Geeting

25 July 2016

United States

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Substitutes for city parking requirements are becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States. Rather than using off-street parking, many housing developers now provide residents with alternatives that prom...

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