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A Young Entrepreneur Brings Language-Learning to Brazil’s Favelas

When bad news strikes, sometimes it’s hard to see past it. Such was the case this week when Brazil’s deepening political and economic crisis all but eclipsed news of the arrival in Rio of the flame that will light the way to the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it’s just at these times when it helps to focus on positive stories of what’s working and why. Gustavo Reis, the 23-year-old founder of 4YOU2, is one of those stories.

At Work in Rural Communities to Prevent the Spread of the Zika Virus

In isolated rural communities in Mexico, where the distance villagers must travel to find a doctor can mean the difference between life and death, Dr. Carolina Zuheill Rosales delivers urgently needed medical care.

The Adventure of STEM Education in Chile

For many students, classes related to science, technology, engineering, and math—the so-called STEM fields—can be intimidating. Stereotypes persist that you either have what it takes to succeed in these subjects, or you don’t. Period. Oscar Contreras-Villarroel grew up with a passion for science and believes most young people would feel as he does—that is, if it were taught differently.

Crystal’s Song: A Message of Hope for Youth At-Risk

Music transports us. It touches our hearts. It can even unite us. But can a song help heal a painful past? For Crystal Goh, the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes.’