How can we make progress on a problem as huge and seemingly intractable as poverty? How can we not? There is no silver bullet to eradicating poverty, but all across the country, a diverse array of social entrepreneurs are doing their part to take on this monumental challenge, building amazing organizations that are having a real impact in their communities. Catalysts, a Freethink original series presented by Stand Together, will take viewers to the frontlines of the fight against poverty to understand the challenges we face and meet the people behind some of the most innovative solutions to this complicated issue.
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30 years after dropping out of school, this factory worker is trying to get his high school diploma—with the help of a teen tutor on the internet. More Info about Teen helps 52-year-old pursue high school diploma
The best teachers are leaving education at a frightening pace. Can an alternative approach to education help keep them around? More Info about Why do good teachers quit?
No homework. Grades you can change. This school is challenging everything about our approach to education - and it’s working with a 98% college acceptance rate.More Info about This school without grades or homework has a 98% college acceptance rate
This Grammy winner has written songs for Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston. Now, he wants to teach your kids online, thanks to Outschool. More Info about How to get your kid the best teachers from anywhere in the world
Watch 13-year-old Isaac’s dreams come true with a heartwarming surprise from the Stand Together community and a Dallas Cowboys legend.More Info about Beyond the classroom: Outschool gives kids the chance to follow their dreams
The biggest myth in education is that some kids are destined for greatness and others aren’t. More Info about Hacking the child brain: The 5 step process to unlock every kid’s potential
Our K-12 education system is centered around the assumption that every student learns and masters material the exact same way. The problem is: they don’t.More Info about Is our K-12 education system limiting human potential?
What if there was a way to fast-forward innovation? An economist and tech billionaire recently joined forces to make research grants available within 14 days.More Info about Research grants, the silicon valley way
The foster care system has become a catch-all for all forms of family crises, but what if there was a resource parents could access for support before government intervention even became necessary?More Info about How to keep kids out of the foster care system
This Y Combinator startup is building new, criminal justice technology solutions to sustainably reduce our prison populations.More Info about The missing data in criminal justice reform
In this unique job training program for those experiencing poverty, coaches focus on teaching the “harder skills” - love, forgiveness, and connection.More Info about How to get a job when you’re living in poverty
Acts Housing is empowering low-income families by offering resources for every step of the process, from financial counselors to home renovation support.More Info about From homeless to homeowner with a $6K fixer-upper
The FDA recently lifted restrictions against an online eye exam provider to help optometrists reach their patients during the pandemic. Will vision care go virtual for good?More Info about Online eye exams will change the way we buy glasses
By developing the skills of entrepreneurs in low-income communities, this nonprofit is empowering people to generate sustainable income and become a force for economic growth in their neighborhoods.More Info about Business boot camp for low-income entrepreneurs
Isolation can be especially difficult for recovering addicts, so this sober active community is hosting virtual fitness classes for free.More Info about Staying sober in quarantine
This progressive organization is on a mission to break the cycle of recidivism, using coding. Incarcerated individuals can now spend their sentences acquiring marketable skills.More Info about Learning to code in prison
Many college students’ ability to realize their full potential is hampered by insurmountable expenses, so OpenStax is turning the tide by providing access to free textbooks.More Info about Open source textbooks save students $1 billion
This 51-acre neighborhood for the homeless will be the first of its kind in the U.S. to have 3D printed homes.More Info about 3D printed homes for the homeless
In the impoverished community of Bonton, it takes a three-hour bus ride just to reach the nearest grocery store. But the neighborhood is now home to one of the largest urban farms in the US - offering jobs, nutrition programs, and more.More Info about How urban farming saved a Dallas community
unCommon Construction offers a unique alternative to your typical internship for high school students. Their program turns build sites into real-world classrooms where interns learn the soft skills they’ll need to succeed in the workforce.More Info about Turning a construction site into a classroom
In the midst of his prison sentence for murder, Sean Pica helped found Hudson Link - an organization dedicated to reducing recidivism and improving lives through higher education.More Info about Earning college degrees in prison
As drug overdose deaths climb higher, this gym is challenging the thinking behind traditional models for addiction recovery services with free memberships open to anyone sober for at least 48 hours.More Info about Rethinking addiction recovery with fitness
A remarkable transformation is taking place in several inner-city Chicago schools, and it's resulting in fewer gangs, drugs, and homicides. Could this new model of group therapy be the cause, and is it scalable?More Info about The mental health movement for Chicago’s inner city youth
When domestic violence survivors share their stories, they feel empowered and find their voice. At Leap to Success, women have the opportunity to do both, forming a clear path to healing from the trauma of abuse.More Info about Women supporting women to overcome the trauma of abuse
The greatest investment of all may be in people’s strengths and initiative. This nonprofit is doing just that, and it’s working.More Info about Investing in families to escape poverty
For the children of Dallas, these ex gang leaders may be their only chance.More Info about Can former Bloods and Crips unite to break the cycle of violence?
When a child faces chaos at home, it's impossible to learn. This school is doing whatever it takes to help homeless students and their families create better lives.More Info about A school made for homeless children
After his dad died, he struggled in high school and ended up getting a DUI. Stuck in dead-end jobs, he responded to a nonprofit’s post for free skilled labor training - and his whole life changed.More Info about The lost art of apprenticeship
This running club that meets at 5:45am is helping the homeless transform their lives.More Info about Racing out of homelessness
This nonprofit is doing the impossible - finding the 10% of gang members responsible for 90% of the crime, and leading them to successful, positive lives.More Info about Stopping gang violence with love
Hope House in Denver is changing lives for generations to come.More Info about A home helping teen moms break the cycle of generational poverty
Take a look inside a town built for foster familiesMore Info about Could this be the future of foster care?
He turned a food truck for the homeless into a thriving 51-acre community.More Info about A game-changer for chronic homelessness
Meet the innovative group connecting people with housing — and a job that can pay for it.More Info about Can the apartment industry help solve homelessness?