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Cultivating Collaborations

Reaching across the aisle and rounding up the community to solve problems. From partnering cops and clinicians to connecting public high school students with jobs in industry, these solutions depend on coordinating many actors to achieve success. On a macro level, collaboration-driven projects might bring together the private sector, government, and NGOs; on a local level, they might be as simple as uniting teachers, counselors, and parents to help students grow.

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How Activists Freed 95 Black Moms From Jail This Mother's Day

Global Citizen

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Across the United States, the National Bail Out collective has been paying the bail for black mothers – and caregivers – who are often left out of conversations on criminal justice. Since 2017, the black-led collaborative of organizers, lawyers, and activists have bailed out over 400 people as pa...

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Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice

The New York Times

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A pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi is providing a cohort of 20 single black mothers with a guaranteed income of $1000 a month as part of their "radical resident-driven approach." While the experiment is still in the middle stages, it is already changing the lives of the women involved - and ...

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How Rwanda could be the first country to wipe out cervical cancer

Mosaic Science

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Rwanda has launched a community and health driven campaign in order to put a stop to the spread of cervical cancer by educating women about the HPV vaccine. Driven largely by dispelling myths and providing accurate information focused on the vaccine's role in mitigating against cancer, the countr...

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Laundromats are playing an unlikely role in the effort to shrink America's literacy gap

Quartz

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The average American family spends more than two hours at the local laundromat. The Clinton Foundation and other partners have set up "Reading & Play Spaces" in 250 laundromats across the country to encourage literacy and parent-child interactions: "This project is part of a much larger vision to...

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Help Wanted: The Immigrant Opportunity | A daunting maze of barriers

Pine Tree Watch

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Organizations and local governments in Maine put together the complex puzzle that is immigrant employment status. By connecting varying pieces, from providing English classes to establishing professional credentials, organizations help fill gaps in Maine's economy by recognizing and supporting qu...

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How California Is Making Up for 20 Years of English-Only Education

Pacific Standard

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In California, half of school-aged children are the children of immigrants. Among many other initiatives in the city, a community-wide training project in Fresno aims to improve how adults in the city work with students of immigrant families. One of the challenges of the renewed push for a biling...

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Homeless I.D. Project puts many on the road to recovery

AZ Big Media

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Arizona's Homeless I.D. Project helps houseless folks obtain identification documents such as IDs, birth certificates, and social security cards to facilitate re-entry into society. IDs are often stolen or misplaced within the homeless community; the Homeless ID Project helps individuals get back...

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‘Returning from the twilight zone': Home to Stay offers one-stop shop for those leaving prisons

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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Home To Stay, a new collaborative program in Milwaukee, WI, brings together community-based organizations, government agencies, and private employers to provide outreach and services for formerly incarcerated individuals. Once a month, services like job recruiting, educational centers, and legal ...

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Sinking city: how Venice is managing Europe's worst tourism crisis

The Guardian

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Sustainable initiatives around Venice, Italy tackle the growing number of tourists flooding into the city each year. From waste management strategies to the implementation of resources to drive tourists to locally owned businesses, the city takes a comprehensive approach to reducing negative impa...

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Busting the myth that depression doesn't affect people in poor countries

The Guardian

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Depression and anxiety impact people across socioeconomic levels and geographic boundaries, despite being thought of as mostly isolated to wealthier western regions. Because training mental health professionals can be costly, many countries outside of the west have turned to training lay people i...

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