A student stands in one of the tiny houses created for flood victims in West Virginia. The homes, built by high school students, are fewer than 500 square feet.
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The sun illuminates a row of homes at Park Plaza Cooperative in Fridley, Minn. Five years ago, the residents formed a nonprofit co-op and bought their entire neighborhood from the company that owned it.
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Dawn Tachell looks at the trash and debris that have collected in her community. Conditions in the neighborhood have become so bad that some people have abandoned their houses and moved out.
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Patrick Meier (center, in cap) flies a drone in Nepal after the earthquake in 2015. Meier and his team were able to to capture detailed images of damage around the capital, Kathmandu. He believes using this technology will make crisis mapping even more effective for disaster response.
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Rebecca Richards-Kortum is a "genius grant" winner with a very busy schedule. The engineering professor, who encourages students to come up with medical devices that will be valuable in the developing world, is the mother of six and a marathon runner.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Students perform a creative writing exercise at Cold Water Well Middle School. Students write descriptive prose from the perspective of a human statue, a blind person feeling the statue, and an outside observer.
Mentors Chris Regan, Jordan Wagner and Eric Schiffhauer pose for a picture with Jebree Christian, a recent high school graduate from West Baltimore, in front of Jimmy's on Baltimore's harbor.
Beh paw Gaw is a New Roots graduate and a Karen refugee from Myanmar. Now she has her own three acre farm which she runs with her sister Pay lay, who is also a graduate of the New Roots program.