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PHOTO: Utah educators are using Attendance Awareness Month in September to draw attention to educational challenges linked to students who are chronically absent from school. Photo credit: Environmental Protection Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah educators are tackling chronic absenteeism among school students, which research shows can have a serious impact on reading and other critical skills. Voices for Utah Children is one of several organizations promoting Attendance Awareness Month in September, and CEO Karen Crom ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Supporters of the state's child advocacy network are calling on everyone to take part in the WV CAN Climb fundraiser this week. Graphic courtesy of WV CAN.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Organizers and families they have helped are calling on everyone to support the state's Child Advocacy Network with a fundraising hike this week. Comments from Amy Landers, whose son was a victim of sexual assault and was helped by the Child Advocacy Center in Charleston. Graphic ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 250 people from around the Gem State are expected to attend the Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security on October 28th. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - More than 250 people from around the Gem State are coming together to tackle hunger and food security in Idaho, as they attend the Nourishing Idaho Together conference next month to collaborate on food solutions utilizing public-private partnerships. One of those due to attend the co ...Read More

PHOTO: A portion of the new Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead was built by the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps. The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce says recreation opportunities like this help them bring businesses to the area. Photo courtesy of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - For some North Carolina communities, the "trail to success" for economic development is being found through actual trails. This week, Henderson County celebrated the opening of a new trailhead in Hickory Nut Gorge. Bob Williford, president of the local Chanber of Commerce, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Many young people are discovering credit unions can save them money on fees and interest while still offering services they want, like online banking. Photo credit: FidlerJan/Morguefile.

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. - It's not your grandfather's credit union. Just ask the growing number of millennials who are among those turning to the not-for-profit financial cooperatives. Elizabeth "Ebeth" Fielder, a 22-year-old who serves as a sort of young people's ambassador for Michigan First Credi ...Read More

PHOTO: As Minnesota children head back to school, eye doctors are reminding parents to get their kids in for an eye exam to head off vision problems at the beginning of the school year. Photo credit: D.C.Atty/Flickr.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded the health of their children's eyes is critical to their educational success. Dr. Mary Gregory is an optometrist in Monticello, and chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association's Children's Visi ...Read More

PHOTO: Victims of violent crime often need financial and emotional support to help rebuild their lives in the wake of a violent incident. A Chicago-based violence survivors' network is working to provide that support. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - With more than 200 homicides already reported in Chicago this year, there are many families and surviving victims facing a difficult road of recovery. Susan Johnson, executive director of Chicago's Citizens for Change, runs a violence survivors' network called Chicago Survivors. She says ...Read More

PHOTO: The new Chesapeake Conservation Corps class will be announced Tuesday, and is set to include 32 people ages 18 to 25 who will spend a year volunteering on projects that benefit the bay. Photo credit: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - At least 32 young people are ready to get to work Tuesday to serve as yearlong volunteers with the 2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. More than 100 students had applied for positions with organizations that work on environmental projects benefitting the health of Chesapeak ...Read More

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