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Things That Work Uganda

Kisseka Umar

7 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda offers refugees a chance to learn a skilled trade at the Yoyo Youth Vocational Skills Center. At no cost to them, students can learn brick laying, carpentry, tailoring and cut...

Hartford Courant

Shawn R. Beals

31 July 2019

Middletown, Connecticut, United States

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The first class of students enrolled in the Wesleyan University Center for Prison Education has just graduated. The program awards participants with an associate degree from Middlesex Community College in general stud...

Pioneers Post

Julie Pybus

30 July 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Temsalet Kitchen in Addis Ababa offers the city's most vulnerable women a place to work and find community. The restaurant employs struggling women to be cooks, waitresses, managers, and cleaners to help them stay off...

Things That Work Uganda

Absolom Ochieng

26 July 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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YOYO Youth Vocational Training and Recreational Center is a vocational school in Zone 3 of Bidibidi, the largest refugee settlement in the world. The school is a product of a partnership amongst organizations such as ...

Flintside

Alexandria Brown

17 July 2019

Flint, Michigan, United States

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In Flint, Michigan, the N.E.W. in St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center provides education, employment training, and emotional support to women and some men who live in the "throw away zone," a term coined to describe the im...

The Colorado Sun

Dan England

15 July 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Exercise has long been regarded as healthy, but it's now being used as a way to combat addiction. From specialized gyms that require 48 hours of sobriety to addiction recovery centers emphasizing exercise, people batt...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

2 July 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden...

The Conversation

Larissa Hjorth

1 July 2019

Badalona, Spain

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Pokemon Go may have faded from mainstream popularity after it peaked in 2016, but the game is finding new life in Spain, where older generations are using the game to be more socially engaged in their communities. Soc...

The Globe and Mail

Genesee Keevil

23 June 2019

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

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The people of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, in Canada’s Yukon, have improved safety and defused some of the tensions with Royal Canadian Mounted Police by forming their own unarmed community safety officer corps focus...

Spectrum News 1 SoCal

JD Carrere

17 June 2019

Van Nuys, California, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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In Southern California, trash often litters the streets in many of the areas where homelessness is abundant, but one homeless man in Van Nuys decided to change that. Launching an initiative known as Clean Streets Clea...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

11 June 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration....

The Guardian

Stephen Burgen

10 June 2019

Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

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A haute cuisine restaurant in the Spanish city of Jerez offers employment only for people with disabilities who are left out of the mainstream workforce. The restaurant employs 20 people with conditions ranging from D...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

3 June 2019

Ganjam, Odisha, India

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A group of women in the state of Odisha, India works as the district's disaster responders in an area that has seen a record number of monsoons and other tropical storms. The women, many of whom live in the region's m...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

31 May 2019

Arequipa, Peru

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José Adolfo Quisocala is no ordinary 14 year old. He started a bank to teach local children to save money, and he is able to help them make money through a recycling program that rewards those who contribute paper and...

KQED

Mary Franklin Harvin

29 May 2019

San Quentin, California, United States

Radio

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Quentin Cooks, a culinary program embedded within the San Quentin State Prison, is giving inmates necessary training and support to avoid recidivism and build a career in the food industry. The program teaches culinar...

OZY

Mariela Santos

28 May 2019

New York, New York, United States

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When authors from traditionally marginalized communities can’t find space in the industry, they make their own. Using Twitter as a platform and safe space for authors having trouble getting into the literary world, #D...

Southerly

Maya Miller

Samantha Max

28 May 2019

Macon, Georgia, United States

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Prescribed fire is a way to protect forest ecosystems by starting fires in a controlled and sustainable way. The practice limits out of control forest fires and promotes the growth of important species. In Georgia, a ...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

28 May 2019

Olympia, Washington, United States

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In Washington, state legislators have passed an innovative measure that would allow individuals to suspend their own gun rights. The bill was started as a proactive measure for those experience mental health issues to...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

27 May 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Cybersecurity industry in Colorado has started recruiting and training veterans, finding that ex-military members gave what it takes to combat digital "bad guys" and other cybersecurity issues. While Colorado has ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Paighten Harkins

Erin Alberty

27 May 2019

Utah, United States

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Across the United States, veterans are at a greater risk for suicide than the average civilian, but in Utah, this problem is elevated even further. Although researchers are unsure of the reasons for this, programs in ...

Next City

Valerie Vande Panne

27 May 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Across the country, street newspapers - written by low-income people and those experiencing homelessness - are empowering their writers and providing necessary perspectives to the communities they serve. For vendors, ...

NPR

Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Peter Breslow

26 May 2019

Mexico City, Mexico

Radio

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A new start-up in Mexico City called Hola Code is giving DREAMers software training, job counseling, and job placement with over 100 partnering companies. Most of these individuals have spent most of their lives in th...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

Christopher Bendana

21 May 2019

Rubirizi District, Uganda

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Trees for Global Benefits is a carbon offset program that aims to partner with, rather than displace, locals in countries that have space to plant forests. For instance, in the Rubirizi District in Uganda, locals are ...

Mongabay

Nuswantoro

Nusawantoro

15 May 2019

Kalibiru, Indonesia

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In Indonesia, transferring land management rights to local residents is slow-going, but one community is setting an example for what can happen when the residents are in charge. Mandiri farmers formed a cooperative an...

Apolitical

Eve Livingston

13 May 2019

Delhi, India

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Recent efforts to bring a gender perspective, especially a feminist one, to urban planning are making cities safer and more inclusive. One Indian app called SafetiPin crowdsources ratings of public spaces based on var...

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