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The Seattle model Ithaca may use to shatter drug-jail cycle

The Ithaca Voice

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The law often traps offenders in a cycle of lawbreaking. LEAD allows for drug users to become committed to a program that helps them through the quitting process instead of throwing them into prison and isolating them from the help they need.

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The Rewards of Renewal

The New York Times

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

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Crime and blight still remain

Fayetteville Observer

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Civic leaders in the U.S. struggle to effectively help their distressed neighborhoods. East Lake, Atlanta, created a replicable model that mixes residents of differing socio-economic status, and focuses on education and health in the area.

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Dealing with blight complaints requires new approach, Memphis says

Fayetteville Observer

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In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

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Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunity

Education Week

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encourage resilience.

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Where All Work Is Created Equal

The New York Times

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Countries all over the world are creating community, diversifying relationships, and giving a purpose to people who felt useless through time banks, where people swap their services using time as the currency.

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Will These Ninth Graders Make the Bronx Healthier?

WNYC

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A hospital, university, and research center partnership is trying to encourage local Bronx students to become nurses and community health care workers and stay in the area to improve the health of the community.

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Opening City Hall's Wallets to Innovation

The New York Times

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Great solutions to common problems often already exist and have been implemented elsewhere. By crowdsourcing ideas and broadening the pool from which contractors are selected, cities across the world are improving their cities.

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News Flash: Progress Happens

The New York Times

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A look at several of the social programs featured here in 2011 that made progress in their mission to help others.

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Catholic Schools In D.C. Adapt To Lower Budgets, Changing Requirements

WAMU

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Across the globe, there are nearly 60 million students studying in Catholic institutions. In the United States, however, those numbers have been falling in recent years, forcing schools to come up with new ways to collaborate.

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