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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

2 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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What does a business like IKEA do if they want to hire former prisoners? They listen to a panel of people who have already done it.

Politico

Erick Trickey

19 October 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Only 12 percent of the STEM workforce is Black or Hispanic. Starting with Baltimore, one nonprofit is looking to change that. In 2013, the Digital Harbor Foundation converted a rec center into a home for after school ...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

10 October 2017

Mozambique

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In Mozambique, people with disabilities face a series of barriers to success and independence, ranging from education to the workplace. In partnership with Young Africa, the international organization Light for the Wo...

CommonWealth

Michael Jonas

10 October 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Unlike typical youth crime prevention programs, several programs in Boston target youth already involved in gangs and violence. Though more resistant to receiving help and staying on the right path, the youth have res...

Pacific Standard

Dwyer Gunn

4 October 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Career Advance, and the Warren Village, are two anti-poverty programs built on the “two-generation model,” which “focuses on providing coordinated, high-quality services to both children and their parents under the um...

The GroundTruth Project

Frank Dutan

2 October 2017

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Despite heavy pressure, attending college is not for everyone, and a university degree no longer guarantees job placement; meanwhile industries like manufacturing are facing a decline in interested, qualified workers....

CityLab

Bruce Katz

24 September 2017

Pittsburgh, United States

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In the future innovation and technology are only going to become more important to a city's status. Pittsburgh is making great strides by cultivating research, technology, and workers.

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

31 August 2017

Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland has grown over 500 hundred small companies run by women owners and managers through a simple but effective peer mentoring scheme. Female entrepreneurs participate in monthly roundtable sessions led by some of ...

Reuters

Joseph Nasr

18 August 2017

Gescher, Germany

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Germany is learning from its past, and implementing measures that will safeguard successful integration of refugees into the workforce. In the 1960s thousands of Turkish people were recruited to fill labor shortages, ...

The Atlantic

Alia Wong

2 August 2017

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, United States

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After generations of waiting, the Oglala Sioux prophecy of an economic, spiritual, and social renaissance is coming true. "Now the Seventh Generation is here," and they are creating dynamic change in one the least dev...

The New York Times

Andrew Higgins

1 August 2017

Ghana

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In places such as Ghana, people live far from proper healthcare, which is why Community Health Workers in the region, and in other regions lacking access to healthcare, are being trained. CHW's can help educate indivi...

Mediamax Network

Rebecca Mutiso

19 July 2017

Kenya

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In remote areas of Kenya, health care is hard to access and medical professionals and technology have been hard to come by. A new partnership between the government, Phillips, and the United Nations Population Fund (...

Bright Magazine

Linus Unah

17 July 2017

Nigeria

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One Nigerian couple is committed to ending female genital mutilation, or the practice of removing a women’s external genitalia. Gift and Augustine Abu travel all across Nigeria to end FGM, which can sometimes lead to...

TRT World

Carolina Loza Leon

15 July 2017

Quito, Ecuador

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Ecuador has a large number of refugees, particularly from Colombia, these refugees face a lot of barriers upon arrival. 'Fudela' is a soccer program that has Ecuadorians and Colombians playing together in order to fos...

Next City

Serena Maria Daniels

6 July 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Recipe for Change is a program that teaches incarcerated people Italian cuisine skills, which is meant to help them gain employment when they reenter society. An estimated 200 people have gone through the program. Si...

NationSwell

Thomas Shomaker

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Green City Force has expanded to many of New York City's public housing projects with a two-pronged approach. Not only does this program help develop professional skills of and job opportunities for young adult reside...

CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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With new mayor-ordained shelters and support services unlikely to function until 2020, NYC’s 60,000+ homeless population is left in need of assistance in the meantime. But recently, an anti-homelessness nonprofit—Brea...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

26 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania's attorney general may sound more like a defense attorney as he lays out plans to focus more resources on helping people returning from incarceration integrate into society. But Josh Shapiro insists his a...

AzerNews

Angelina Davydova

24 June 2017

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Rabota-i connects youth coming out of Russian orphanages, who are at high risk for unemployment, to jobs. The social enterprise also provides training and coaching to youth with disabilities. It places over 700 people...

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Matt Bergheiser

13 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is working to structure an inclusive economy by bridging socioeconomic gaps between classes; by connecting large employers with the pool of people currently seeking work, this ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Quinn O'Callaghan

12 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Furnishing a Future offers furniture making classes to former inmates. The program was created with the intention of giving former prisoners job skills, who often leave prison with no work experience. “If these guys a...

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

2 June 2017

Kapilakot, Sindhuli, Nepal

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After Nepal's 2015 earthquake, many village women were left in financial devastation and struggled to support their families. The earthquake destroyed up to 90% of small enterprises and markets, so the United Nations ...

CityLab

Halima Ali

30 May 2017

London, United Kingdom

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The Good Hotel floats on a platform off the dock in London and provides the long-term unemployed with job training and jobs in the hotel industry. Located in an area that is low-income, poor housing, and a largely une...

Wall Street Journal

Carolyn Jones

30 May 2017

California, United States

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EnCorps, a nonprofit that helps and trains mid-career STEM professionals to become teachers, has emerged as one promising solution to the shortage of K-12 math and science instructors nationwide. The California-based ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Sarah Jordan

25 May 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Prospects in Camden, NJ, one of the most impoverished and murder-ridden cities in the U.S., are finally looking up, particularly for its younger residents. This is in part thanks to Hopeworks, a nonprofit that provide...

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