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Why Birmingham Is Thriving in a County That's Bankrupt

CityLab

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In Alabama’s largest city, a story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.

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A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

The New York Times

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A novel way to help young men growing up in communities in which concentrated poverty, violence and unemployment are well-documented barriers to health and longevity: male youth of color are trained to be the emergency response team to help stabilize street victims before doctors or nurses begin ...

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What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

The New York Times

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom-up approach to disburse funds in poor communities.

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A new kind of development professional: The development engineer

Devex

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At UC Berkeley, the Blum Center for Developing Economies and the Center for Effective Global Action are working together to formalize development engineering as a field of research - a new generation of engineers committed to making a social impact.

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Canary in the Code Mine

Backchannel

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As the U.S. shifts away from coal, thousands lose their jobs and live on unemployment. BitSource, a tech startup in Kentucky, is teaching ex-miners how to code.

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Out of Jail, and Into a Job

The New York Times

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. The program provides newly-released prisoners with transitional services - most si...

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Rebuilding the Rust Belt

Politico Magazine

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For years, one of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods seemed unalterable no matter how many government programs and well-meaning philanthropies got involved; a place where abject poverty, joblessness and crime reinforce the racism in a city long divided, and where infants still die at a higher rate...

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Police 'de-escalation' training — how it could help Chicago

Chicago Tribune

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As Chicago faces one of the worst policing crises in its history, it is looking at Las Vegas as a model as it prepares de-escalation training for its cops.

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Seeding Dreams with Self-Esteem: Building New Opportunities for Women in Rural Appalachia

Appalachian Voices

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A girls camp in West Virginia and a residential program in Kentucky help Appalachian women build self esteem and enable them to turn their life around through mentoring, stem classes, and job counseling.

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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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