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Amelia Axelsen

11 April 2019

Costa Rica

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With its pledge to become the first zero-emission country in the world by 2050, Costa Rica's ambitious climate goals cannot be achieved by the government alone. That's why Costa Rica Limpia (Clean Costa Rica) is spark...

Philadelphia Media Network

Alfred Lubrano

31 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Art helps kids who grow up in difficult neighborhoods cope with trauma and encourages resilience. In the neighborhood of Fairhill, in Philadelphia, Taller Tuertorriqueño, a community arts center, offers art workshops ...

The Colorado Sun

Joe Purtell

26 March 2019

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity program combines outdoor education with core academic subjects - "attempting to connect math, history, and language arts with a physical experience." Te...

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Tanvi Misra

12 March 2019

Medellín, Colombia

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City planners and governments often overlook culture when trying to rebuild cities blighted by war, disasters, or other types of urban distress. But not Medellín, Colombia. After the drug trade made Medellín a violent...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

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27 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Producing art has a positive influence on the health of senior citizens. In addition to promoting the work of artists aged sixty and above in galleries and exhibitions, the Geezer Galley in Portland, Oregon, leads art...

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Audrey F. Henderson

22 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Art inspires innovation. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the annual Black Creativity festival focuses both on championing the voices of African-American artists, innovators, and community leaders, an...

The New York Times

Susan Dominus

21 February 2019

Santa Monica, United States

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For many people with autism, the modern workplace does not accommodate different needs and workplace etiquette is an artificial barrier to being able to get the job done. Auticon is a U.S. based company that has creat...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Shirin Jaafari

20 February 2019

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Changes in the law and social expectations encourage women in Saudi Arabia to enter the workforce outside of the home. With sales-representative positions now open to Saudi women, more women are entering the workforce...

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Adele Peters

15 February 2019

Canada

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Talent Beyond Boundaries is an organization that connects refugees with specialized skillsets to employers who can offer them jobs (and visas) in Canada and Australia. For many such refugees, employers traditionally a...

Deseret News

Lauren Bennett

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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...

City Limits

Noah Phillips

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13 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, much of the mental health infrastructure relies on the work of professionals known as Peer Specialists, who are individuals with lived experiences of mental health challenges and additional training ...

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Jared Brey

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7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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New grassroots efforts often struggle to get off the ground due to lack of funding. In Baltimore, a group called CLLCTIVLY aims to fix this problem for black-led non-profit organizations by offering a $1,000 prize eve...

The New York Times

Michele C. Hollow

29 January 2019

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Engaging with music stimulates brain activity and improves mental health. The Me2/Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, offers its volunteer musicians a stigma-free environment to reconnect with their passions and harn...

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Maria de la Guardia

15 January 2019

Uttarakhand, India

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In a mountain village in the north of India, a women’s knitting group formed five years ago to help women reach for financial independence. The group ended up breaking stereotypes, building confidence, and creating li...

The Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

15 January 2019

Santa Fe, United States

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Wings of America is a New Mexico based organization that uses running as a way for Native Americans to reconnect with their pasts and cultures while combatting pervasive stereotypes. The organization also organizes ru...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Catarina Fernandes Martins

26 December 2018

Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

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A professional soccer team in Andalusia called Alma de África has helped integrate migrants and locals. The team has 25 players from 16 different countries, including Spain. It provides a sense of family and belonging...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Justin Murphy

14 December 2018

Rochester, New York, United States

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Student-led initiatives in Rochester City School District help students of color share their experiences with racism and foster communication between students, faculty, and administration - within and outside the clas...

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Cheryl Corley

6 December 2018

Gig Harbor, United States

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In states across America, some incarcerated women are able to give birth and take care of their children from jail. The programs help to reduce recidivism and keep families together, but there are limitations that res...

Culinary Backstreets

Jennifer Hattam

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5 December 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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For refugees fleeing Syria, a new career path is possible: become a food entrepreneur. A program in Turkey provides Syrians and other refugee groups with basic entrepreneurial skills, as well as access to mentors and ...

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Stefania D'Ignoti

5 December 2018

Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Theater bridges cultural divides and helps migrants cope with trauma. The Liquid Company, founded in 2013 in Catania, Italy, offers migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who have crossed the Mediterranean a therapeut...

The Hechinger Report

Caroline Preston

24 November 2018

Bronx, New York, United States

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A South Bronx charter school is trying an innovative approach to educating all students, including the one third of its student body in foster care. By adding teachers, behavioral specialists, and extra academic suppo...

Generocity

Grace Shallow

21 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Participatory defense, is a model that integrates the family into the legal defense of someone being prosecuted for a crime. Loved ones can bring in evidence like photos and records that speak to the character of the ...

Pacific Standard

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, United States

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The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program is working to provide full scholarships, a strong STEM background, and most importantly, a sense of community, to the majority Alaska-Native group of students in the p...

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Cat Reid

19 November 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A Kansas City non-profit called Healing Pathway Victim Service Agency aids children, or the "smallest co-victims" as they call them, of crimes and homicides through case management, education, victim advocacy and trau...

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Sarah Rigg

14 November 2018

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Circles Washtenaw County is a “financial stability program” that is part of a national network. The local version in Ypsilanti involves matching leaders, who participate in 12 weeks of training, with allies, who suppo...

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