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Washington Monthly

Mel Jones

26 August 2018

New Jersey, United States

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The "New Jersey-STEP" program enables inmates and formerly incarcerated individuals to use Pell Grant dollars towards a degree at several in-state schools. Unlike most other prison-to-college initiatives, STEP allows ...

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Nick Anderson

25 August 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A Harvard study found that, in Boston, 10 to 20 percent of college-bound high school graduates weren't actually ending up enrolling in college. Researchers think they might have found a partial solution to what is kno...

The Guardian

Priti Salian

24 August 2018

India

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Using audio descriptions of a movie’s action, the XL Cinema app increases the accessibility of movies to a vision impaired audience. The free app has been used thousands of times and production studios are interested ...

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Martha Dalton

24 August 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Schools in Atlanta are embedding public health clinics in their buildings for both students as well as the public at large. These clinics keep students in school by providing easy access to care rather than having the...

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Linda Poon

23 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Public Library Insta Novels program makes public domain works available to be read on Instagram. Featuring engaging artwork and a user friendly format, Insta Novels make literature available to users with...

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Eillie Anzilotti

17 August 2018

Afghanistan

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The U.S. beauty industry often relies on outsourced labor and markets in order to create products for their specific clientele. To affect change from the inside, one social entrepreneur started a fragrance company ded...

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Adelina Lancianese

17 August 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap offsets the cost of school supplies for the American teachers who spend on average $500 out of pocket to outfit their classrooms. Supply Swap solicits donations and recycled supplies ...

Pacific Standard

Emrys Eller

17 August 2018

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Some universities are now offering micro-grants to help ensure that students towards the end of their education aren't unable to graduate because of last-minute costs. Georgia State University, just one of the institu...

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Eillie Anzilotti

17 August 2018

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Greyston’s Bakery pioneered the concept of Open Hiring, meaning there are no background or drug checks for prospective employees: anyone is hired on a first come, first serve basis. Then they are provided job training...

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Jasmine Weber

15 August 2018

Venice, Italy

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A partnership between Venice’s Uffizi Gallery and Indiana University is providing new access to the Uffizi’s collection of ancient sculpture. The Uffizi Digitization Project provides a web interface for visitors to se...

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Audrey F. Henderson

14 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Photographer Tonika Lewis Johnson created a “Map Twins” project to bring together people from often strictly segregated sections of Chicago. Connecting people who live on the same number block of the north and south s...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A unique financial set up in Portland has led to the creation of the East Portland Community Investment Trust, in which residents in four local zip codes can invest small amounts of money into local projects, specific...

Forbes

Willy Foote

14 August 2018

Central African Republic

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Hundreds of millions of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa live on a mere two dollars per day, making it difficult to not only support themselves and their family, but also stay relevant in a market that requires expensive...

Global Press Journal

Marie Michelle Felicien

13 August 2018

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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In Haiti, students past a certain age, many of whom had to help their parents with farm work or didn't have money for transportation, are not allowed to enroll in primary school. The École de la Réussite, started in 2...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

10 August 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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A human rights center is working with government agencies to identify the remains of people who died crossing the U.S. border. The partnership is helping the families of the dead find out what happened to their loved ...

Bloomberg

Nafeesa Syeed

10 August 2018

West Virginia, United States

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During West Virginia’s primary elections, a pilot program used blockchain technology and a mobile app to record votes. The aim was to improve election security and make it easier for Americans abroad to cast their bal...

The New York Times

Janet Morrissey

9 August 2018

United States

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Lack of transportation is a key reason why people don’t go to doctor appointments. RoundTrip and Circulation are two start-ups filling the gap, making it easier for particularly older patents to access customized rides.

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Tonny Onyulo

9 August 2018

Uganda

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In 2005 refugee youth at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, founded the Coburwas school in order to provide students with a better education. Now, it is one of the best performing schools in the camps, ranking in the...

The Guardian

Jenny Cunningham

7 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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According to one canvassing research project, there are 450 edible plants within Seattle's parks. Similar trends are also found throughout the United States as a whole. Although foraging is typically against the law, ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

6 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Financial Empowerment Centers work with clients to help them build savings, improve credit scores, and take full advance of assistance programs. While the daily demands of poverty often create an inability to plan for...

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Puja Changoiwala

5 August 2018

India

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Web applications designed for people with disabilities have helped users to live fuller lives and reduce the stigma attached to living with a disability. The apps have spread information, make education more effective...

Nonprofit Quarterly

Suzanne Bohan

3 August 2018

San Diego, California, United States

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Cherokee Point Elementary School in San Diego became a trauma-informed school in 2015, and since then suspensions have fallen to zero (and remained that way since) and they no longer need a campus police officer. The ...

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Edward Siddons

2 August 2018

Brazil

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Children typically fare better outside of institutional care. Brazil has found success with a program that helps extended family members serve as formal guardians instead. Organizing peer support groups has been parti...

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Sam Judah

2 August 2018

Kolkata, India

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‘Quack” doctors—people illegally seeing and treating patients without a license—is a common sight in rural India. A new program seeks to train, rather than eliminate, these “doctors” and use them to expand the reach o...

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Brianna Kelly

1 August 2018

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Michigan Works! Southeast is an organization that, among other things, is helping Michigan residents with criminal records get those records expunged in order to increase their job opportunities in the future. By simp...

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