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The Secret Lives of Homeless Students

Bright Magazine

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Homeless and impoverished kids still have the chance to receive a college education, they just need to have the confidence that they can do so and a little pushing from outside forces. The author shares her own story of accomplishing just that.

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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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An Antidote to Overdose, in Time to Save Lives

The New York Times

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Naloxone could be the secret to curing New England's heroin consumption. Trying to expand access to the life-saving overdose antidote is the real obstacle.

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A plan to give 5,000 dropouts a second chance

The Seattle Times

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Thanks to new private and public funding, school completion programs in Seattle, which enable distressed youth to achieve high school equivalency degrees, can now expand.

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At Year’s End, News of a Global Health Success

The New York Times

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Child mortality rates in third-world countries are often shockingly high. But they are gradually decreasing due to efforts that target contagious diseases and more widespread health education.

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Poverty’s Price: Child exposure to ‘toxic stress’ a key link to behavior, learning problems

Fayetteville Observer

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A program in eastern North Carolina takes a proven, two-generation approach to lift struggling families out of dire circumstances.

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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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How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

Freakonomics

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Fixing the education system in the country requires addressing the problem of student motivation to endure and succeed in school. Pathways to Education is a Toronto-based program designed to keep at-risk kids in school. It offers four different kinds of support: counseling, academic, social and f...

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In This World Cup, the Goal Is a Better Life

The New York Times

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The Homeless World Cup is the premier soccer tournament for homeless players. Programs around the world use soccer as a means of building a sense of community, sublimating negative energies, and encouraging personal growth.

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This may be the most successful anti-poverty program in America

The Huffington Post

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Kids raised in environments full of economic, emotional and psychological turmoil are less likely to succeed in school or at the workplace, and are more likely to run afoul of the law or experience a variety of mental and physical health problems. Child First works to improve family relationships...

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