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Deseret News

Lauren Bennett

15 February 2019

Utah, United States

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By removing barriers to access, the Accessible Arts Academy empowers visually impaired students to engage with the arts. The three-week program at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind brings together schools and co...

The Christian Science Monitor

Dina Kraft

6 February 2019

Tel Aviv, Israel

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A school in Tel Aviv welcomes immigrant and refugee children with open arms, providing language classes, long school days, extracurricular activities, and more. Members of the community volunteer to tutor and lead aft...

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Melia Russell

5 February 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Access to a smartphone or Internet services can assist in escaping homelessness. By offering WiFi, San Francisco-based homeless shelters hope not only to bring more individuals in off the street, but also to provide t...

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Allison Herrera

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5 February 2019

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By reducing daycare costs to nearly nothing, Québec's universal child care program allows more women than ever to join the labor force, rather than stay home and care for their children. The United States now looks to...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sarah Toth Stub

5 February 2019

Tel Aviv, Israel

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An Israeli Facebook group serves as a women's network for current or former prostitutes seeking help and support. The Hebrew-language group, called Lo Omdot Mineged, provides help in many forms, ranging from crowdsour...

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Malcolm Burnley

4 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Riverside Correction Facility in Philadelphia has implemented a program that allows incarcerated new mothers the opportunity to both learn about the benefits of maintaining breast milk supply, and also provide it for ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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4 February 2019

Elsie, Michigan, United States

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Smartphone technology levels the playing field for low-incoming people, utilizing services that manage SNAP food-assistance budgets, pay parking tickets on time, payday loans, and more. Applications like Fresh EBT wor...

Politico

Benjamin Wermund

16 January 2019

Lynchburg, Tennessee, United States

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In Tennessee, a current program for free community college for all residents is overwhelmingly popular; the program has been framed as a necessary tool for job training and economic development, funded through lottery...

INDY Week

Sarah Willets

15 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham County relieved hundreds of outstanding traffic fines in an effort to restore suspended driver's licenses. The program, called Durham Expungement and Restoration (DEAR), "identified more than 11,000 people elig...

Atlas Obscura

Lola Mendez

3 January 2019

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

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San Pedro La Laguna, a town in Guatemala, has banned single use plastics like plastic bags and straws after realizing that plastic pollution was ruining the ecosystem of Lake Atitlan and that a new waste facility woul...

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Saja Hindi

27 December 2018

Larimer County, Colorado, United States

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Mobile fingerprint scanners are proving to be a useful asset to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Northern Colorado. From confirming the identity of those without their license to identifying a dead body, this te...

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Susila Silva

25 December 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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Around the world, people are putting out Little Free Libraries—a small birdhouse like box for people to take, leave, or swap books. These libraries have helped create easy access to book ownership and reading as well ...

All Africa

Jeffrey Moyo

24 December 2018

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Solar power systems and panels are being installed at health centers across Zimbabwe. In a country with common electricity shortages, these solar power systems ensure there are lights, refrigeration, and working machi...

The New York Times

Margot Sanger-Katz

18 December 2018

Delaware, United States

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Delaware has a new statewide program to ask women of childbearing age if they are planning on getting pregnant in the next year during a primary care visit and to discuss birth control options if the answer is no. The...

Public Radio International

Allison Herrera

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17 December 2018

Netherlands

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An online service provides medical consultations and abortion pills to women in countries where abortion is restricted or illegal. Called Women on Web, the service has expanded to the United States where abortion serv...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In times of political gridlock, individuals have stepped up to make meaningful changes in their communities, with their solutions inspiring others around the world. From ground-up political action that decreased gerry...

Washington Post

Pamela Constable

8 December 2018

Kartarpur, Punjab, Pakistan

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For 70 years, India’s Sikhs have faced barriers to visiting one of the holiest sites in their religion, a template just three miles across the border in Pakistan. Now, the Pakistani government has announced plans to o...

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Homa Bash

5 December 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Since launching in October, PCs for People have collected, refurbished, and distributed at an affordable cost to hundreds of people. They have also distributed hot spots to libraries for patrons to check out.

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Anoush Darabi

30 November 2018

Austria

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Programs in upper Austria have helped immigrants integrate into rural communities. Regional-interkulturell.kompetent (RIKK) and Heimat=Sharing engage both newcomers and locals at schools, companies, and social clubs t...

NPR

Diaa Hadid

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Kurkan Latif Khan

30 November 2018

Kartarpur, Pakistan

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India's Sikhs now have visa-free access to one of their holiest sites: Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, the site where their faith’s founder is believed to have passed away. The goodwill gesture between Pakistan and I...

The Colorado Sun

Jesse Paul

23 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The same technology that helps companies like Uber find their customers is now available to public safety agencies to ensure accurate location detection from cell phone calls. Denver is among the first cities to imple...

Yes! Magazine

Phillip Pantuso

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23 November 2018

Kingston, New York, United States

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For musicians and artists who don’t have traditional access to healthcare, one music festival has them covered. O+ (“O Positive”) is a music festival in Kingston, NY that invites musicians and artists from around the ...

Emergency Management

Jim McKay

16 November 2018

Idaho, United States

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A sprawling rural school district in Idaho has placed two-way radios with every teacher that connect directly to first responders and triage bags in every classroom as part of a plan to increase safety and coordinatio...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

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16 November 2018

Washington, United States

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On college campuses across California and Washington state, the Umoja Community program groups black freshman in small classes that focus on historic and present issues affecting black communities. While 33 percent of...

Yes! Magazine

Liz Brazile

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15 November 2018

San Diego, United States

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Programs like Outdoor Outreach in San Diego are working to help at-risk youth engage with nature and outdoor recreation, activities that have often been associated with "economic privilege and whiteness," by providing...

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