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Building the confidence and problem-solving ability of communities. Working closely with the demographics they serve, changemakers identify communities’ assets and build programs that are controlled by locals. In so doing, they encourage resilience and turn “victims” into problem-solvers. Some of these featured solutions work by teaching a community to expect more of itself, its leaders, and its government.

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Door-knocking neighbors help avert home seizures in Detroit

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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In Detroit, volunteers go door to door to talk with their neighbors who have properties at risk of foreclosure. The initiative has contributed to a 90 percent decrease in foreclosures in the city since 2015.

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Pramila Bisoyi's journey from protecting India's national bird to the corridors of power

Mongabay

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Pramila Bisoyi, a Member of Parliament hailing from the Indian state of Odisha, has shown the power of women in protecting the environment. She has created and led multiple Women Self Help Groups, who work together to protect forests, plant trees, and encourage native peacocks to come back to the...

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Rewriting the narrative

Boulder Weekly

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At the Motus Theater, formerly incarcerated individuals participate in JustUs – a performative program that gives them the space to share their stories. The Boulder-based program aims to complicate the narrative of those that commit crimes, surfacing the systemic, punitive nature of criminal just...

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Visiting days: How a Detroit high school extends its family feel by sticking with graduates through college

Chalkbeat

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At Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, the support of the high school doesn't stop at graduation. Staff at the school follow up with alumni at their new campuses to make sure they are on track and connect them with the resources they need to succeed, whether academic, financial, or social.

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Dogs are helping save Florida's citrus groves from a devastating disease

Washington Post

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Dogs can detect plant disease earlier than visual inspection and faster than lab testing. In Florida, dogs are helping farmers detect Huanglongbing (HLB), a bacterium with devastating consequences for the citrus fruit industry in the state. So far, HLB has decimated the citrus industry. With thei...

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Special-needs students are college-bound: UCCS graduates first class in May

Colorado Springs Gazette

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An inclusion program established by lawmakers in Colorado allows intellectually disabled students to attend several colleges throughout the state. Mentors and staff help guide students through their years in school.

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Important lessons for Philadelphia from Chicago's three-year decline in gun violence

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Since 2016, Chicago has seen a 37% decrease in homicides with a comprehensive, targeted approach toward violence. The city developed a multi-pronged approach, including a collaboration between foundations and funders, a partnership that analyzed police decision-making, resource allocation toward ...

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These two Bibb County schools have a solution to bad behavior: breathing and meditation

The Telegraph

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In Georgia’s Bibb county, students at two schools are learning deep breathing and mindfulness from the organization, On the Same Breath. The practice, introduced by the organization and then led by teachers, gives students the opportunity to complete this practice every day for 40 days in the hop...

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How Educators Are Rethinking The Way They Teach Immigration History

Yes! Magazine

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At one Boston public school, teachers are updating curricula to provide students with history lessons that contextualize current national debates about immigration policy.

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Minneapolis Activists Ask Local Leaders to Invest in Communities, Not Cops

Yes! Magazine

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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a coalition of organizers and community members called Reclaim the Block advocates for divestment from the city's police force and into more community-based initiatives and services. Advocates for the group argue that rather than solving issues like homelessness, opioid...

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