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Alani Vargas

22 March 2019

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In an attempt to encourage voter turnout, Ariana Grande set up tables at concerts on her tour where fans could register to vote, or receive text alerts reminders for those who already had. The "ThankUNextGen" campaign...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

21 March 2019

New Jersey, United States

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In South Jersey's Cumberland County, election officials played on one of the state's oldest football rivalries to increase voter turnout by launching the Turnout Trophy. The competition put fourteen towns against each...

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Ben Paynter

19 March 2019

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A new charity app called Millie builds upon tested app dynamics like online payment services, gamification, and social networks to encourage millennials to give to charities and organizations of their choosing. Rather...

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Tina Rosenberg

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19 March 2019

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A suite of new voting apps are bringing new technologies to old organizing methods, like asking (or shaming) friends to vote and finding community leaders to encourage voter turnout. These old methods, now called "rel...

The New York Times

A. C. Shilton

14 March 2019

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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Once again the bicycle is playing a part in empowering women! In this case, several organizations across the United States are using mountain biking to build preteen and teenage girls' confidence and drive. The dedica...

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Linda Poon

11 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Viral social media trends can be harnessed for social and environmental good. A social media#trashtag challenge that spread from Reddit to Instagram draws upon the satisfying nature of a before-and-after meme. People ...

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...

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Maria Serrano

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25 February 2019

Amarillo, Texas, United States

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A program called Live Well Fit in Amarillo, Texas runs a fitness and exercise class for senior citizens, whom they call golden girls. The women in the class, whose ages range from 50 to 85, can work out using bikes, w...

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Julia Hotz

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25 February 2019

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, loneliness is an epidemic. Those who feel chronically lonely may have weaker immune systems, an increased risk of cancer, and shorter life spans. These afflictions and risks associated with lone...

All Africa

Mamadou Lamine Ba

15 February 2019

Senegal

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This cross-border story, which takes place in Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal, examines 3 different approaches to address the still-widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In Nigeria, a short film about FG...

The New York Times

Vivian Yang

12 February 2019

Albany, New York, United States

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After 11 months of calls to employment lawyers and civil rights groups, legal proceedings, and recommended reforms to current legislation, seven women of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, all of whom are survivors,...

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Mark Wessel

24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In western New York, local bike advocacy groups have found power in numbers, banding together to gradually convince their governments to expand cycling access and communities to change their attitudes toward cyclists....

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Simon Allison

19 January 2019

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The Central African Republic is rife with political problems including the lack of a health system, proving problematic for a country where Ebola runs a constant risk. Despite the challenges, the Catholic Scouts Assoc...

New York Magazine

Emma Orlow

7 January 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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In Bushwick, the grocery store Precycle is on the front lines of the battle against plastic pollution. Selling food in bulk, while inviting customers to bring their own containers, reduces not only plastic waste but f...

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Bobby Allyn

31 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, where the homicide rate recently hit a ten-year high, teams known as violence interrupters are stepping in to employ crisis intervention in high-risk areas. By using several different tactics includin...

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Dougal Shaw

4 December 2018

Cork, Ireland

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In Ireland, schools across the country have installed "Buddy Benches," a space where children can go to let others know they want to play. The benches, which are built by volunteers from the Men's Shed, are part of a ...

NPR

Joanna Kakissis

2 December 2018

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Greece is not known favorably for their recycling habits, but a few local residents have made it their mission to change this in order to reduce ocean litter. From turning plastics into furniture to forming a diving c...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

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30 November 2018

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Many people struggle with some form of addiction, but not many will seek help. Young People in Recovery aims to change that by not replacing other avenues of help, but rather "enhance other forms of care" by providing...

The Christian Science Monitor

Jacob Kushner

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26 November 2018

Uganda

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Uganda is known for its dangerous, and often violent, anti-LGBT culture. But for those identifying as LGBT, living in a rural area can make acceptance surprisingly easier. Due to smaller community sizes and more close...

The New York Times

Ian Urbina

24 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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An elk hunt in Oregon shows one way states regulate lead ammunition by prohibiting hunters from firing lead bullets in some state wildlife areas. It’s part of a wider effort to eradicate lead ammunition that can conta...

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Anya Kamenetz

13 November 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Researchers are using an approach that has reduced unsafe drinking on college campuses and applying it to preventing sexual assault and harassment by giving students actual facts about what their peers are doing and t...

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Jason Viau

5 November 2018

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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The Spiritual Soldier Coffee Compound in Windsor, Ontario encourages those formerly addicted to drugs to stay clean, all while offering a place to socialize with others. The owners, both of whom had struggled with add...

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Jacky Achan

28 October 2018

Uganda

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Uganda’s education ministry requires all schools to have incinerators to burn used sanitary pads. Lack of funding limits schools’ ability to comply. Even when incinerators exist, girls don’t necessarily use them. Educ...

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Nicola Kelly

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23 October 2018

Bologna, Italy

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A fun app called “Bella Mossa” has incentivized people to ditch their cars in Bologna. The anti-pollution effort gives users credits for biking, walking, and using public transport. Users can then swap their credits f...

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Sonia Narang

18 October 2018

Kamikatsu, Japan

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Kamikatsu, a small town in rural Japan, went from incinerating trash to recycling about 80 percent of it--all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money. The program is run by Zero Waste Academy, a nonpr...

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