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A Families-First Approach to Foster Care

The New York Times

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The foster care system is widely acknowledged to be 'broken', and to ignore those who age out of the system. A program in Memphis is improving the lives of at-risk youths by working to reunite them with their original families.

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A Network of Support

The New York Times

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It’s now common for youth to remain in foster care or residential treatment for years. For troubled or victimized children in need, assistance at home is often more effective than foster placement.

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Beyond Refugee Camps, a Better Way

The New York Times

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Refugee camps save lives in emergencies – but often refugees languish there for decades. Two columns on programs that allow refugees to live normally in cities, with an ATM card taking the place of a camp.

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Dropouts flooding Kent's second-change iGrad school

The Seattle Times

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Student dropouts are a taxpayer burden. Cities save money and help kids by connecting them with diploma programs. Washington is making these efforts state law.

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Even Odds Day 2: Manhood 101

San Francisco Chronicle

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in school.

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Even Odds: A Place Apart

San Francisco Chronicle

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Young black males in Oakland are suspended more frequently and graduate high school at a much lower rate than their peers. A charter school specifically designed for African American boys focuses on providing them with role models to create a supportive environment, combat the effects of trauma, ...

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For Healthy Aging, a Late Act in the Footlights

The New York Times

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EngAGE is a program that funds alternative housing for low-income older people in California. They offer recreational classes that help keep people mentally and physically young.

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Forging a Life-Changing Bond

The New York Times

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with adult mentors for 12 years. The forged relationships between mentor and developing...

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In a centuries-old tradition, families in Geel, Belgium, take in those with mental illness

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Those who struggle with mental illness receive undesirable social stigmas and are often shunted to living on the street or in squalid housing conditions. Geel, Belgium has a mental health system that places non-violent individuals with psychiatric illnesses in decent homes as boarders, where they...

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In Classroom Discipline, a Soft Approach Is Harder Than It Looks

Bright Magazine

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When students misbehave in school, teachers struggle to decide the right kind of intervention, with school suspension a common outcome. However, research has shown that school suspensions can increase the likelihood of dropouts and incarcerations so that there is pressure to decrease the rate of ...

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