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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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Reducing Gun Violence

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Oakland’s Ceasefire initiative takes a collaborative, comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence. City officials, community advocates, residents, and law enforcement work together by prioritizing data analysis, multi-stakeholder gatherings, personalized social services, specialized police tr...

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Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, suicide among inmates is a rising problem

Chicago Tribune

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After the public’s attention was grabbed by a high-profile inmate suicide, it brought awareness to the growing issue across the country. Across America, activists, lawyers, and prison and public officials are trying to address the issue that has gone often ignored by politicians and the public. R...

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California community colleges work to solve housing for foster youths

EdSource

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Several programs have cropped up throughout California to help former foster youth navigate what has been identified as the biggest challenge of aging out of the foster case system -- housing. NextUp and other initiatives at community colleges provide counseling and financial support to students ...

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A new initiative is trying to make searching for tampons easier for Highland Park women. It's part of a national movement.

Chicago Tribune

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In 2013, the United Nations deemed access to menstrual supplies a human right. Since then, Illinois has taken a number of steps to make access to these products even easier. This story includes solutions such as free dispensers in public restrooms, eliminating the "luxury" or "tampon" tax, and dr...

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The Courtroom of the Future Looks a Lot Like This Navajo Tradition

NationSwell

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Brooklyn’s Red Hook Peacemaking Program, part of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, is bringing together individuals in conflict to practice restorative justice. The program accepts cases coming through various courts, schools, and personal references, and brings together families, friends, a...

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The psychiatrist helping mentally ill people left to wander India's streets

The Guardian

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In India, many of the homeless population suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses, but a local psychiatrist is addressing the problem by treating their illnesses and reuniting them with their families. The psychiatrist, who started a foundation with his wife to tackle this issue, houses and trea...

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How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

NPR

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Some health care providers across the U.S. have started to offer single-sex prenatal classes for men that are tailored to the needs and questions of new dads: "While a new mother's role in modern society is often directed by her baby's needs to breastfeed, cuddle and sleep; a new father's role is...

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Breaking the cycle of poverty: Cambridge housing program prepares young residents for college - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

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A program run by the Cambridge Housing Authority that provides wraparound support to students in eighth grade through sophomore year of college has helped two-thirds of program alumni move out of the city's public housing. Classes and mentoring sessions focus on career preparation, job training, ...

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In Chicago, Police Violence Survivors Heal Through Song

Yes! Magazine

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Communal healing represents reparations in action. The Chicago Torture Justice Center, created in 2015 through a Chicago City Council reparations ordinance, advocates for wrongfully imprisoned Black men, as well as for victims of violence and torture at the hands of police. At the community cente...

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PROJECT OKLAHOMA: Miami school district creates new program to keep teachers

KTUL (ABC 8 Tulsa)

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

To stop teachers from leaving the state, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, school district developed a mentoring and professional development program. Compared to four years ago, when the state lost 37 teachers to neighboring states, in the most recent school year, this number was down to two.

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