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The New York Times

Mark Obbie

25 June 2016

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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One of the hardest parts of being in prison is not knowing what to do when you get out. By pitching ex-cons as good for business, the Eastern District of Missouri’s prison-to-work program has become a model for inmate...

Slate

Dani McClain

9 June 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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To diversify America's disproportionately female and white set of teachers, a coalition of colleges and universities is working to train black men to become teachers. The training programs emphasize the financial bene...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gina Barton

5 June 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Job training is an invaluable resource to prisoners who may not have any other resources for such a thing. A new job center, established with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, aims to assist 1,000 Mi...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

15 April 2016

Wasilla, Alaska, United States

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Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm has 35 inmates who work to produce food for the local food banks and the prison. The inmates who work there learn key practical skills, which have the potential to transform them and ...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

14 April 2016

Texas, United States

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There is a high rate of recidivism for juvenile offenders, Chad Houser started Cafe Momentum with the aims to help these individuals develop a new life. The food is made by young offenders who go through a year long i...

Good4Utah.com

Don Hudson

11 April 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Camp K in Utah provides job counseling and training for teens with special needs, helping them to bridge the gap between high school and the professional work force.

Bright Magazine

Rob Waters

10 March 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Five Keys Charter School, established in 2003, works in various California prisons to provide education and job training to inmates. Since its founding, Five Keys has awarded 684 high school diplomas to inmates in cus...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

20 January 2016

Dharamsala, India

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Tibetan youth face high levels of unemployment in India, and an entrepreneurship training program is trying to change that by helping young people start their own companies. TED, the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Developme...

National Journal

Arnesa A. Howell

25 December 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Former convicts learn essential life and culinary skills in a tailored program at D.C. Central Kitchen.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Robert Digiacomo

14 December 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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An inner city Detroit program places 90 percent of graduates in well-paying tech jobs by teaching them how to code. It may serve as a viable path for Philadelphia citizens, as well.

GOOD Magazine

Gila Lyons

8 December 2015

Cartagena, Colombia

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The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership develops enterprises that foster sustainable economic development, focusing especially on empowering farmers and women.

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

4 October 2015

Pernambuco, Brazil

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Brazil's Straw Hat project helps women affected by domestic violence leave abusive situations and enter the economy, creating a path to self-sustainability.

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

22 September 2015

Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya

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Kenya's female water tank masons are delivering measurable benefits to their communities and empowering other women to take up leadership roles.

Slate

Mark Obbie

11 September 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Four community groups in the Los Angeles area work to address the root causes of what draws young people into gangs with a mix of approaches to help people leave the gang life, including education and job services, co...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 August 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom...

FastCompany

Neal Ungerleider

23 July 2015

Queens, New York, United States

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Access Code is a nonprofit in New York that gives young adults, particularly those from minority groups, instruction and resources to learn coding. This education promotes greater access to lucrative careers in the wo...

The Boston Globe

Laura Crimaldi

18 June 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Operation Exit, a program in Boston, offers vocational training to ex-offenders and people with a high risk of offending, giving them the motivation and tools to better their situation.

The Atlantic

James Fallows

14 June 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In a city with a long-struggling school system, a nonprofit trade program is helping unemployed adults find work in the high-tech manufacturing field. Technical Employment Training in San Bernardino ensures participan...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

29 May 2015

Lille, France

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After the global recession, long-term unemployment can make jobless workers depressed, with their skills becoming unsharpened and obsolete. Practice firms, operating as fake businesses, in the Eurozone aim to keep the...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

2 May 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Since the 1960s, New York City has run the nation’s largest publicly managed summer jobs program. Nearly 50,000 14- to 24-four-year-olds spend six weeks working, not only in publicly funded day care centers, summer ca...

Bright Magazine

Diana Prichard

27 April 2015

Gonzales, California, United States

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Half of U.S. farm workers are Hispanic, but few make it to leadership positions. A historically white non-profit, FFA, is creating equal education programs in California to increase leadership opportunities for minori...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

6 April 2015

Washington, United States

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Many students who are funneled into remedial courses don't end up completing their community college degrees. For the past decade, I-BEST has offered students a hands-on approach, connecting academic work with direct ...

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Garland

25 March 2015

Waco, Texas, United States

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A new vocational school in Waco makes a promise to its graduates: A good-paying job. The school focuses on blue-collar skills with a practical edge, ensuring employability.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

11 March 2015

Fresno, California, United States

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A career high school in Fresno offers 16 tracks ranging from game design to environmental science taught by a team of teachers with work background in the respective fields. Studies have found that students enrolled i...

The New York Times

Sam Chaltain

27 February 2015

Hartsville, South Carolina, United States

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There are many other adults beyond teachers who regularly interact with children — and who are often overlooked as potential contributors to the educational mission. Hartsville, South Carolina, uses school bus drivers...

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