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Tara Culp-Ressler

4 February 2013

New York, New York, United States

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From 2001 to 2011, New York City's teen pregnancy rate decreased by 27 percent as a result of increased access to contraceptives. Public schools started providing Plan B and condoms to students.

The New York Times

James Dao

1 February 2013

Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

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More than one million service members, veterans and their families take college courses financed with federal tax dollars. Their experiences are more complicated than those of their fresh-faced civilian peers, leading...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 September 2012

New York, New York, United States

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PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent, or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning. When most attention is being placed on teacher effectiveness, this program redirec...

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

23 August 2012

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When kids grow up in violence-ridden areas, the psychological stress they endure can have impacts mimicking PTSD symptoms and often leads to less resiliency when it comes to joining gangs. Although there is no quick f...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe in order to help close the gap between education and workplace skills. Particularly focused on providing access to areas...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

26 January 2012

Kenya

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 January 2012

Kailalia District, Nepal

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

17 November 2011

Brunswick, Maine, United States

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Bus service for people who live outside major cities is either nonexistent or might as well be. But some communities are helping bring mobility to non-drivers with bus service they can really use.

AARP Magazine

Sally Abrahms

31 October 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Rather than having assisted living facility residents passively appreciate the arts, many programs are creating opportunities for residents to pursue creative expression. These programs include dance and physical expr...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with ad...

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

22 September 2011

Massachusetts, United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related mortality. Naxolone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, is only available by prescription. Howev...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 September 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Little Kids Rock has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. Despite a backlash...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 September 2011

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Why do schools teach music in a way that turns off so many young people rather than igniting their imagination? A program that taps into students’ passion for pop and rock is revitalizing music education in many schools.

PBS Frontline

Atul Gawande

3 August 2011

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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The highest hospital costs come from preventable emergency room visits. A doctor in Camden developed a home visit program which gives better and cheaper care.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage o...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 June 2011

Tehran, Tehran, Iran

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Two Iranian brothers worked as doctors to reform how Iran tackles HIV, moving the country toward the harm reduction approach. By providing clean needles and methadone, the doctors were able to lower infection rates, e...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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First Book Marketplace, which makes quality, new books affordable for children in low-income families, is providing not only improved access to engaging educational materials, but a sense of dignity and self worth tha...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

18 April 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Can we improve the methods we use to teach math in schools — so that everyone develops proficiency? A grade-school math program is changing how children learn based on the assumption that all children can achieve a hi...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 February 2011

Martinsville, Virginia, United States

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An average of 28,000 children born in the U.S. each year die before their first birthday – and many more face disabilities and serious life-long health problems, often because they are born prematurely or at low birth...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

24 January 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The non-profit program Year Up is getting low-income young people into jobs by training them in the culture of work. The organization pairs companies—which help fund the training period—with interns from disadvantaged...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 December 2010

Los Angeles, California, United States

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By partnering with cities across America, the 100,000 Homes campaign is going directly to the streets to end homelessness - and it’s working. With roughly 700,000 people in the United States experiencing homelessness,...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 December 2010

Tehran, Iran

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Two columns on how Iran is treating its massive epidemic of injecting drug use by tackling it as a health problem, effectively lowering H.I.V. rates among drug users using an approach to drugs known as harm reduction.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 November 2010

Minnesota, United States

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Americans don’t save enough - in 2005, Americans’ personal savings rate was negative for the first time since the Great Depression ─ instead of piling up savings, we are piling up debt. Two behavioral economics column...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

29 September 2010

New Delhi, India

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Clean cookstoves reduce emissions, use less fuel and cook faster than open fire hearths, offering people in developing countries an affordable way to create a healthier indoor environment. Although "plenty of work rem...

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