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The Trace

Ann Givens

13 August 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The South Central Leadership Academy was started in Los Angeles by a college student who believes that gun violence survivors like him should lead the community response in finding solutions to violence. Its first yea...

The Paducah Sun

Dave Thompson

9 August 2020

Paducah, Kentucky, United States

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Vocational training and life skills classes at the McCracken County Regional Jail help prepare incarcerated people for stable jobs and living situations once they are released. Of the first 16 to complete vocational t...

The Daily Yonder

Liz Carey

9 July 2020

Versailles, Kentucky, United States

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When a pandemic lockdown idled the men jailed at Woodford County Detention Center, they replaced the jobs they previously had performed in the community with work in the jail that served an immediate need: sewing prot...

Science Africa

Leopold Obi

Mary Hearty

22 June 2020

Kenya

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Kenya's textile industry is finding new purpose and providing jobs to many during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the industry had previously been nearly obsolete due to the import of clothing, the pandemic has given ...

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus

2 June 2020

Henderson, Nevada, United States

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Western Governors University in Henderson, Nevada is one of many educational institutions in the United States redefining how students can get degrees through technical skill-oriented programs. Students can obtain cer...

Global Sisters Report

Chris Herlinger

7 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Hour Children is one of several programs throughout the U.S. that focuses on employing "God-given dignity" to help incarcerated mothers maintain relationships with their children and find sustainable futures after the...

Chicago Tribune

Elvia Malagon

6 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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What started out as a way to help provide face masks to those who needed them during the Covid-19 pandemic, turned into a job skill training opportunity for some refugees in Chicago. Although the funds earned from par...

Deseret News

Lois M. Collins

11 April 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Contact tracing, the act of identifying the people that someone infected with COVID-19 has come into contact with to reduce transmission, is front and center for Salt Lake City County’s Infectious Disease and Epidemio...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Sarah Donahue

9 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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An innovative partnership between Bell Shelter, a homeless shelter, Grow Good, an urban farm, and the Salvation Army is bringing healthy food and cooking to a new audience in Los Angeles. People experiencing homelessn...

Next City

Scott Kirkwood

2 April 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In Baltimore, a successful social enterprise collaboration involves employing formerly incarcerated people to deconstruct valuable old wood from abandoned homes, preparing the wood for production, then turning the woo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

18 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Serenity Soular is a worker-owned cooperative that installs solar panels in an affordable way, focusing on communities of color in North Philadelphia. They employ local residents through an apprenticeship program, tra...

Hyperallergic

Christine Ro

16 March 2020

France

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Refugees and asylum seekers are being trained to work in French museums and other cultural institutions through a nonprofit established by a Syrian refugee. Participants in the program go on to lead tours, answer ques...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Robert Kibet

12 March 2020

Laikipia County, Kenya

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The invasive prickly pear cactus is spreading over grazing lands in Kenya and is harming herders’ livestock. So a local environmental science graduate is testing a system to turn the cacti into biogas. While the syste...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

12 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A workforce development initiative, PowerCorpsPHL, pays participants to learn skills and gain hands-on experience for jobs that offer long-term career opportunity in the field of environmental sustainability. Particip...

WFAE

David Boraks

10 February 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Wraparound services intended to create stability in the lives of students are being provided by the Family & Child Stability Services program. Parents and caretakers are given career training in order to eventually fi...

PBS NewsHour

Melanie Saltzman

Christopher Livesay

Alessandro Pavone

1 February 2020

Jordan

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Jordan is dealing with an influx of Syrian refugees that are putting a strain on already scarce resources like water. In response, the United Nations World Food Program has started to grow barley and other foods hydro...

Pioneers Post

Nour Ibrahim

30 January 2020

Cairo, Egypt

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An initiative run by the UN Refugee Agency in Cairo called NilFurat teaches women in countries around the Nile and Furat rivers creative skills for them to make a living. The women learn skills like hand sewing, machi...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Becky Jacobs

2 January 2020

Logan, Utah, United States

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Training rural residents to work from home eases the struggle with unemployment. Utah’s Rural Online Initiative program provides rural residents with an online work certificate and training in online tools such as vid...

Pioneers Post

Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Katie Sullivan Borrelli

18 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A partnership between a nonprofit health organization and a community health service program has helped provide enhanced training and more robust mentorship opportunities for home health aids in the New York City area...

LA Progressive

Alexandria Jacobson

15 December 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To fight food insecurity—especially with those experiencing homelessness—Chicago has created a network of programs and organizations across the city to support those who need it in many different ways. One example is ...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

13 December 2019

Delta, Colorado, United States

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As the number of mining jobs in Colorado has decreased, solar power holds the promise of future employment opportunities, as exemplified by an educational program at Delta High School. The class “Solar Energy Training...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Nate Carlisle

9 December 2019

Draper, Utah, United States

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At Utah State Prison, the New Visions Speech Club is teaching inmates public speaking. The club gives inmates the opportunity to practice communication and bolster their confidence – two skills that can help them in t...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

29 November 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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A training and apprenticeship program provides the skills and experience needed by people living with disabilities to find employment. Project Search is a nationwide initiative that identifies the strength and aspirat...

New Haven Register

Mary O'Leary

6 October 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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New Haven Nonprofit group ConnCAT provides free job training for low-income and disadvantaged individuals to help them find a stable income. The program has created positive partnerships with businesses and entities a...

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