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Workers install solar panels at the Constantine photovoltaic power station in Cestas, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. Once operational, the Constantine plant is set to be the largest ground-mounted photovoltaic installation across Europe. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
This Brilliant Program Installs Solar Panels for Free for Low-Income Residents
Joe McCarthy

Renewable energy created jobs nearly 17 times faster than the rest of the economy in 2016, yet a common argument against the industry is that it costs traditional energy jobs, harming more workers and families than it benefits.A new initiative in Washington is aiming to put this myth to rest by showing that renewable energy not only creates jobs, but also improves society as a whole.

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Aulani Wilhelm, an ocean conservationist
This Global Citizen of America Helped to Save Hawaii’s Waters. Now She’s Going Global
Joe McCarthy

“There’s this sense that the ocean isn’t a barrier but that it’s what connects us,” Aulani Wilhelm, an ocean conservationist, told Global Citizen. “Voyaging and going outward and connecting and going back and forth has always been deeply rooted.” Wilhelm is the senior vice president for the center for oceans at Conservation International. She was born and raised in Hawaii and she’s spent much of her career advocating, successfully, for the protection of the oceans.

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Malala Just Asked the President of Nigeria to Declare a State of Emergency For Education
Alice Jowett

Malala Yousafzai has called for a state of emergency for education to be declared in Nigeria. On Monday, Malala – the 20-year-old Nobel Prize winner – met with the acting president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the importance of investing in children’s education in the region. The human rights activist is visiting the West African country as part of her #GirlPowerTrip.

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Girl Scouts Add a New Leadership Goal — Cybersecurity
Joe McCarthy

Girl Scouts will soon be adding new cookies to their collection — your Internet history. The youth organization known for Thin Mints and Samoas is teaming up with Palo Alto Networks to bring cybersecurity education to potentially millions of girls. This partnership is a way to break down gender barriers in the technology world, fill a much-needed employment gap in the cybersecurity industry, and get youth members ready for an increasingly digitized future.

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Hillcrest High School Principal Greg Leavitt, the overarching goal of the program is to set up ninth-graders for success as they start high school.
Students Get Paid to Attend Summer School, But See Other Rewards
Marjorie Cortez

For Hillcrest High School Principal Greg Leavitt, the overarching goal of the program is to set up ninth-graders for success as they start high school. “If you can create a successful ninth-grader, that’s the biggest predictor whether someone is going to graduate and be successful. So we have to catch those kids in that eighth to ninth-grade transition,” Leavitt said.

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Show World Leaders that Girls Count

130 million girls don’t have access to education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one. Your count will join others as we try to make the world’s longest video, urging our leaders to get girls into school. #GIRLSCOUNT

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The Birth of an Idea
Michele Sullivan

This is the story of a woman. A woman I will call Mary. I met Mary in Tanzania last year, and she told me a story of change. Mary’s story is not unique. Across the globe, there are more than 1.2 billion people who live on less than 2 dollars a day.

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Investing in girls’ education to advance global development
The Role of Girls and Women in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Sue-Lynn Moses

Investing in girls’ education to advance global development is a no-brainer, and there are some big funders making big moves in this space. For instance, the Caterpillar Foundation is zeroing in on the role of girls and women in breaking the cycle of poverty.

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