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One-Kindle-Hundred-Book Library for Schools in Poor Communities

Donate US$170 in China or about US$300 worldwide, you can help a primary school in poor communities to get one Kindle plus 100 paid e-books. A school needs such 10 sets to build a real offline E-Library, which could bring poor kids to new age. Names of donors will appear on the screensaver of the Kindle. Teacher of the school could use Internet to update and change the ebooks based on a selection maintained by top educators ...more »

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Orange Oasis in an Urban Food Desert

Almost 23.5 million Americans live in a food desert. Healthier foods in urban corner stores can alleviate food insecurity, but store owners can’t always stock fresh produce at low prices. BrightSide teams Minneapolis youth with university students to sell produce at a low cost to these stores.

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Testing the Waters: Using Nudges to Conserve Water

How do we encourage daily water conservation?

 

ideas42 partnered with the World Bank and the city of Belén, Costa Rica to develop a simple, effective, behaviorally-informed solution: stickers that compared a household’s water consumption to its peers, and a post card that gave water-saving tips.

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Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: ASU’s Public Service Academy

The Public Service Academy develops leaders who know how to collaborate across sectors; who are skilled in forging partnerships among people who are not accustomed to working together; who can communicate to diverse groups; and who embody a spirit of social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

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Bringing Up Girls: Empowering the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders

Bringing Up Girls addresses the need for leadership development among adolescent girls by empowering them to become the next generation of sustainability leaders through mentorship, education and the execution of successful girl-led community service projects.

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Photosynthesis of ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete:’ Exposing Youth To Opportunities

Photosynthesis (noun) pho·to·syn·the·sis: the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. Photosynthesis of the Rose That Grew From Concrete seeks to expose and equip underserved youth with tools vital for success.

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Run For America: electing the best and brightest to U.S. Congress

What if we could fix politics in the US? What if our political system truly tackled our nation’s toughest problems? What if the best and the brightest viewed running for elected office as a desirable form of public service? Run for America (RFA) is a citizen-powered movement to reimagine politics and reinvigorate government by recruiting, training, and working to elect a new generation of solutions-oriented leaders ...more »

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Gangsta Geeks: Empowering Urban Youth with Robotics

Urban street culture encourages inner city youth to be either gangsters, ballers, or rappers. Instead, they should be getting into tech -- becoming "gangsta geeks." I want to start robotics programs for underserved minority youth. Why bring robotics to the hood? Because it teaches coding, design, engineering, manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship to students who are disenfranchised from the tech jobs that drive ...more »

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A model and scalable post-secondary access and training partnership.

In 2015, Colorado Mountain College will launch an innovative Career Academy for students to receive a college certificate while in HS. In rural Western CO, providing alternative education options is essential for youth and the economy. This pilot is scalable to the College’s 11 campuses and beyond.

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On The Same Page UNITED: Poetry creates connection between inmates & community

The mass incarceration of 2.3 million Americans has created an underclass of people who feel alienated, isolated, and ill equipped to successfully reintegrate into society. On the Same Page UNITED implements nationally a successful Washington, DC program that uses poetry to forge understanding and connection across the bars.

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Boosting Capacity of Civic and Community Leaders to Advance Racial Equity in Place

What would happen if 200 communities throughout the U.S. successfully improved outcomes for a population around 6 developmental milestones? That’s exactly what My Brother’s Keeper is attempting to do. However, advancing equity at this scale will require more than tackling these milestones; to be successful, we have to shift cultural perceptions.

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Caring for the Caregivers: Digital Meditation, Mindfulness and Centering Tools

Family and paid caregivers face high rates of burnout, fatigue and stress. Daily isolation, fragmentation, and the physical stress of caretaking negatively impact the caregivers and the care recipients. We propose a multilingual, mobile-friendly digital toolkit that encompass the best content and tools that support mindfulness, meditation, and centering practices-- tailored specifically for caregivers.

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