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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Truck Provides Showers to St. Louis’ Homeless

Plus: SF's job fair for neglected communities, and Belize's efforts to save coral reefs

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

San Francisco Job Fair Brings Police, Tech, and Homeless Together

Photo: Next City

When Ilana Lipsett noticed a group of men selling marijuana outside a retail space in the Mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco, she had an idea: Why not provide employment resources to neighborhoods plagued by homelessness and drug trade? A few months later—with local police and major tech companies on board—Lipsett launched a job fair to target those populations that has recently been praised by the city as an unprecedented achievement. (via Next City)

Five Teenagers May be the Key to Saving Belize's Coral Reefs

Photo: Upworthy

The Community Researcher Training Program, managed by James Foley and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (or “TIDE”), houses, feeds, and trains five Belizean teens for one week each summer. Their goal is to train them to become community reef researchers who possess the scientific wherewithal to properly maintain Belize’s coral reefs. Perhaps the best aspect of the program, though, is its ability to empower local communities to maintain their natural resources. (via Upworthy)

Bringing Showers on Wheels to the Homeless

Photo: CityLab

Say hello to the Shower to the People truck, which provides showers twice weekly to homeless citizens of St. Louis. The truck is fitted with two shower stalls and other bathroom amenities, and can provide up to 50 showers in an average five-hour shift. These showers not only improve hygiene and health, but also better their recipients’ chances at finding employment. (via CityLab)

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