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The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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20 September 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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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, m...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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27 June 2019

Paris, France

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Philadelphia, like many US cities, struggles with traffic congestion and the environmental and financial costs of sitting in traffic; however, in looking at the way Paris has adopted pedestrian-friendly streets, Phill...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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11 June 2019

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Canada has used a comprehensive approach to lift more than 200,000 families out of poverty in a span of seven years. While the approach has had obvious success, scaling it to other countries presents its own challenge...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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5 June 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city of Philadelphia has been experimenting and iterating on the development of a Juvenile Justice Hub – a program that would transform interactions between the city’s youth and the police. The Hub is in the testi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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17 April 2019

Illinois, United States

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High tech tools offer low cost ways to reach many voters and mobilize turnout, especially in mid term elections. From applications that allow campaigns to deliver personal text messages to hundreds of people at once, ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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29 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Get out the vote groups like Inspire U.S.and Penn Leads the Vote have found that many young people are more engaged than ever before in wanting to vote, but they just need a little nudge in the right direction. From s...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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7 March 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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After learning her home city of Austin, Texas ranked the 48th most charitable city in the country despite its strong economy, Patsy Woods Martin launched I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) in 2007 to encourage Austinite...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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29 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella launched two initiatives to help middle income families save money. The first is an awareness campaign called You Earned it Philly, which aims to encourage the over 50,000 peo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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20 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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While any attempted solution to homelessness is admirable, it’s the ideas that include community that may be the most successful. This is the concept supported by Stephanie Sena, a professor at Villanova who has dedic...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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29 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a program based on a similar initiative in Cleveland is on its way to success. PAGE (Philadelphia Anchors for Growth & Equity) will direct spending from large institutions locally. Specifically, it wi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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7 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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Voter turnout is higher where voting is made easy. Consider one innovation: vote-by mail. States that allowed mail-in ballots had an average of 10 percent more voting in the 2016 election than other states. More innov...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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31 October 2018

Philadelphia, United States

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In Philadelphia, the City Bright initiative is working to pay individuals experiencing homelessness to help clean up the streets in city neighborhoods. While it might not pay much and is not a silver bullet solution, ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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24 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Since Ascend Charter Schools switched from the popular "No Excuses" model to a Responsive Classroom philosophy, test scores have steadily risen, suspension rates have dropped dramatically, and the racial achievement g...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia non-profit is targeting young people who struggle when leaving the foster care system and providing them with comprehensive services to help them transition into independent living successfully; that in...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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2 October 2018

Nepal

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With support from Accountability Lab and Transparency International, seven countries have held “Integrity Idol” contests to recognize their most honest and helpful public servants. Winners have become people others wa...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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4 September 2018

Michigan, United States

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To combat the intense teacher turnover rate nationwide, the University of Michigan's School of Education is rolling out a new training program that models itself after residencies in the medical field. After graduatin...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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11 June 2018

Paris, France

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Paris has become a leader in reducing food waste by passing legislation that requires large grocery stores to donate leftover food or compost it. Since 2016, this measure has saved over 10 million meals a year. In Phi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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23 May 2018

Albuquerque, Pennsylvania, United States

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A publicly available online platform launched by the New York Attorney General fills in big data gaps on guns being used in crimes and trafficked from elsewhere. “We were able to get a snapshot really quickly of where...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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10 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Shift Capital, a mission-driven real estate group in Philadelphia, tried a new tactic to bring business back to an old neighborhood. The Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge asked businesses to apply for open storef...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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26 March 2018

United States

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Increasingly, schools are using threat assessment teams to prevent shootings. Composed of school and law enforcement officials, the groups direct potentially dangerous students to appropriate resources. One study foun...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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19 March 2018

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

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In Somerville, MA, businesses, nonprofits, government officials, and schools take a collaborative and holistic approach to improving children's lives. “Thinking about city budget, priorities, decision-making through t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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2 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Fairhill, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia, voter turnout was a mere 12% in one recent election. Fairhill Neighbors, a coalition of neighborhood groups, is seeking to combat lower turnout rates with a personal...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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1 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program in Philadelphia created to divert students who get in trouble away from the juvenile justice system is poised to grow into the first Juvenile Justice Hub in the country with help from a competitive grant pro...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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16 February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If we can't reach consensus on gun laws, what about ensuring people who may be a threat to themselves or the community cannot access their firearms? Extreme risk protection orders are already in place in four states a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

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19 January 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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While asthma has a large impact—including being the most common reason for school absence—data on the disease can be difficult to collect. An app called Propeller has been developed which tracks medication use among p...

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