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Culture & Society

Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash…

By Dan Bier
August 8, 2019

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash them.

Catalysts
Racing out of Homelessness
Racing out of Homelessness
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Catalysts
Racing out of Homelessness

This running club that meets at 5:45am is helping the homeless transform their lives.

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July 31, 2019

It’s 5am in New York City. Most people aren’t awake yet; a few might still be up from the night before. But a group of people with a special organization is gathering for a morning run. Back on My Feet is a nonprofit community that’s helping people struggling with homelessness or recovering from drug addiction begin their journey towards self-sufficiency: employment, housing, and a sustainable income. While members might not…

Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether…

By B. David Zarley
July 27, 2019

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether due to prior convictions, medical concerns, poverty, homelessness, or any other issues which make gainful employment difficult.

Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
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Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection

Wolves are not often thought of as therapy animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping young people…

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July 25, 2019

Wolves are not often thought of as service animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping troubled youth in the process. 

Wolf Connection is a wolf sanctuary that provides an education and empowerment program geared towards teens who are struggling through a variety of behavioral issues. At-risk youth from all walks of life learn about nature and conservation, they’re able to work through the challenges in their lives,…

Wildfires
A Community at the Frontlines of the War on Wildfire
A Community at the Frontlines of the War on Wildfire
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Wildfires
A Community at the Frontlines of the War on Wildfire

When facing literal hellfire, this community effort may be the only way to protect homes and lives from devastating wildfires.

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July 17, 2019

California is burning like never before, with wildfires damaging nearly one million acres in 2018 alone. Despite the State’s best efforts, preventing forest fires doesn’t seem possible from the top down. With climate change accelerating the frequency and scale of these wildfires at an alarming rate, experts are turning to private citizens to help with forest fire prevention and control. Or as we like to say, to help fight fire…

Making a Difference
Ever Wonder What Happens to Leftover Crayons?
Ever Wonder What Happens to Leftover Crayons?
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Making a Difference
Ever Wonder What Happens to Leftover Crayons?

This dad is melting down old crayons for kids who need them most.

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July 16, 2019

The Crayon Initiative began when father Bryan Ware wondered what happened to the old crayons his kid used at restaurants. It turns out that not only are they not recyclable, they’re toxic to the environment - and typically wind up in landfills after they are thrown away. He had an idea: what if they were melted down and used to make new crayons for kids in need? He decided to…

Interview
This Child Psychiatrist Is Saving Refugees From Trauma
This Child Psychiatrist Is Saving Refugees From Trauma
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Interview
This Child Psychiatrist Is Saving Refugees From Trauma

With the right intervention at the right time, a trauma can be recorded in the memory as non-traumatic and in…

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July 12, 2019

Essam Daod is a child psychiatrist using a groundbreaking approach to help Syrian refugee children handle their trauma effectively by narrowing in on the key moment that can prevent PTSD in children.

The world news over the past few years has been filled with coverage of the Syrian civil war. Caught in the crossfire of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and various rebel and terror groups, millions of Syrians have fled…

Catalysts
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
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Catalysts
Stopping Gang Violence with Love

This nonprofit is doing the impossible - finding the 10% of gang members responsible for 90% of the crime, and…

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July 10, 2019

“Society gave up on us” - but this community didn’t. Meet UTEC, the organization breaking the cycle of recidivism by helping hardened previously imprisoned gang members walk a better path in Lowell, Massachusetts. UTEC - or United Teen Equality Center - is a non-profit dedicated to stopping gang violence. Obviously, it’s not easy - in Lowell, MA there are over 25 gangs operating, and many gang members have been in…

Thinking Differently
Angels of Debt
Angels of Debt
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Thinking Differently
Angels of Debt

These ex-bill collectors got John Oliver's attention and started a movement. They're buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of…

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June 28, 2019

The average American is one medical accident away from being destroyed financially. These bill collectors woke up to the brutality of their industry - and are using their insider knowledge to save strangers from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

Jerry Ashton was a debt collector working on Wall Street when the Occupy Wall Street movement started. He became interested, and eventually partnered with them and his friend Craig…