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Africa's Girl Power

The New York Times

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

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A Plan to Make Homelessness History

The New York Times

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Roughly 700,000 people in the United States are homeless. By partnering with cities across America, the 100,000 Homes campaign is going directly to the streets to end homelessness - and it’s working.

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Criminal courts tailored to veterans multiply as wars wind down

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U.S. courts are offering war veterans who face jail time the choice of rehabilitation. This helps them adjust to civilian life and reduces repeat offences.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries.

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Doctoring, without the doctor

The New York Times

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There is a shortage of medical practitioners in thinly-populated rural states like Nebraska. But new laws now allow nurses with advanced degrees to practice without requiring a doctor's oversight.

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Drugs and Abusive Father Drove Her Into Military Life

Women's eNews

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At least 25 percent of female veterans were sexually abused in childhood, making it more difficult to reenter civilian life. Volunteers of America runs a holistic housing program for homeless veterans in the U.S.

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Elsa's Story

The Denver Post

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Children across the U.S. experience gender confusion, causing emotional stress in themselves and their family. Gender identity counselors and gender youth clinics are being created in multiple states to help families find peace in their situation.

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Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk

The New York Times

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Preschoolers in the U.S. who misbehave are increasingly being expelled. In Connecticut, trained counselors educated teachers about how to deal with emotionally traumatized kids which reduced expulsions.

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Female Veterans pose homeless challenge for VA

Women's eNews

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

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