She’s the First
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She’s the First

As many as 67 percent of girls in the developing world don’t attend secondary school. She’s the First is looking to change that through sponsorship and campuses set up in low-income countries geared towards helping girls be the first in their families to finish school. Focusing on girls’ education isn’t meant to take funding away…

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California offers free Solar Panels to Low Income Homeowners

By Jackeline Luna – Rooftop solar panels are rarely sighted in low income neighborhoods, where those extra dollars in savings could mean more money for groceries each month. Even with the declining cost in solar electric systems, installation can cost more than $15,000. The amount of sunshine California gets makes it the ideal place for…

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Script to spotlight

Kids In The Spotlight trains young filmmakers and connects them to industry opportunities. Dressed in a golden and navy sundress, and draped in a sapphire wrap, Tige Charity greets everyone—film directors, actors and producers—whom she rallied together. After listening intently to each one’s job description, she explains what is planned for the day. Nearby, a…

Using Robotics to lend a hand
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Using Robotics to lend a hand

A French start-up looks to use robotics to improve the lives of those diagnosed with autism.  By Lizeth Beltran – Each year, the number of children diagnosed with autism appears to grow. At a rate of 1 in 68 children being diagnosed, more companies are looking to make a difference in the lives of children…

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A lemonade stand like no other

At 4, Alex made it her mission to end childhood cancer. By Laura Haas | Photos courtesy of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation –  In 1996, Jay and Liz Scott joined the fight against pediatric cancer when their daughter Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, before her first birthday. Alex inspired people all over the world with her…

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A Trivia Game that Pays Off Student Debt

“Play trivia, do good, win a million.” A California based company wants to raise 10 million dollars through crowdfunding to pay off some student loans and make three trivia masters millionaires in the process. Givling is a web based trivia game that allows players the opportunity to test their knowledge of current events, pop culture…

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Too Good to Waste

Last week, France passed a law banning the common practice among supermarkets of ruining unsold food by pouring bleach into their garbage bins filled with food so that it could not be eaten by anyone desperate enough to rummage through them. Arash Derambarsh, municipal councillor in a region just northwest of Paris, fought for this new law…

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Fighting for success

“I died and came back—overdosed actually,” Ian Butler said. “My vision was getting blurry and I was getting ready to go, getting ready to die so I said my last prayer and said, ‘If I make it through this I will never do drugs again.’ They revived me and I woke up. They said they…

Prisoner to programmer
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Prisoner to programmer

The Last Mile teaches inmates coding and programming in prison so they can put it to use once they’re out. By Natrina Gandana  – Inmates in San Quentin State Prison sit just a short trek from the tech giants that occupy Silicon Valley. Yet, inside the walls of the facility, they spend their days coding,…

Just the ticket
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Just the ticket

Tix4Cause flips empty seats for charity cash. By Lizeth Beltran – Another weekend, another game day. Though routine in Mary Nemetz’s household, she still hadn’t come to grips with sacrificing her favorite television program to watch grown men run around chasing a ball. On this day, Nemetz was ready to flip the channel, even if it…

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