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Good News Tuesday for April 13, 2021: Empathy Training for Parole Officers Reduces Recidivism, Doing the Right Thing, and stories about GIRL POWER.

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Empathy Training for Parole and Probation Officers Reduces Recidivism by 13%

A recent study at the University of California provided Parole and probation officers with empathy training which included material to examine bias and what makes their job meaningful. In the next ten months, there was a13% reduction in recidivism in those being supervised by the officers who took the training. An interesting find of the study was that officers attitudes did not change immediately but did change over time. Details of the study are offered by The Academic Times.

Doing the Right Thing

A goodwill employee found 42,000 among the donated sweaters. Read about how she decided to do the right thing in this article from Good Morning America.

Eight-Year-Old Donates Most of the Money from Record Breaking Cookie Sales

Lilly’s Bumpus broke the record for selling girl scout cookies with a total of 32,484 boxes sold in all fifty states and around the world. She sold cookies on line and set up a curbside sales at her home. Lily is a cancer survivor and is donating most of the money from cookie sales to childhood cancer research and to a group that feeds the homeless in Los Angeles. Over 5,200 donated boxes of cookies will be going to hospitals. Read more about Lily and her work here in the San Bernardino Sun.

Nine-Year-Old Creates Network to Help the Vulnerable with Shopping

Hana Fatima started the Good Neighbor Project one year ago during the start of the pandemic after seeing an elderly woman struggling with grocery shopping. Since then the army of “6,000 volunteers from a host of diverse backgrounds, speaking more than 30 languages,” has made over 9000 deliveries with chapters in Toronto, London and Ottawa. CBC has the inspiring story But be sure to watch this video to meet Hana.

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Good News Tuesday for July 14, 2020: Food in the Frig, Grizzly Bears, Renewable Energy, and Girl Power X 2!

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Food in the Frig

“Take what you need, leave what you can.” Fully Stocked Refrigerators are Popping Up Around NYC. Read more about it in this article from Good Morning America.

US Court Maintains Protections for Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears in the US Yellowstone region will remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act thanks to a July 8th court decision which rejected the current administration’s attempt to remove protection. The court decision maintains protective status and halted planned trophy hunts for grizzly bears in Wyoming. The Western Environmental Law Center provides details in this article. 

100% Renewable Energy for Sydney

Downtown Sydney, Australia is now powered by 100% renewable energy. The energy is coming from two solar farms and a wind farm. Read more about this historic achievement in the Good News Network.

Olivia Helps the Homeless

In Chicago, 7-year-old Olivia Tyler has started a non-profit to help the homeless. She gives out masks to homeless people and has a solid financial plan for her goal to buy a homeless hotel. This link from the Today Show includes an inspiring video with Olivia and her parents.

This 12 Year Old’s Invention Detects Lead Levels in Water

Our closing video comes from Theresa at Culture Shocks who shared the link in last week’s GNT comments. It’s about 12-year-old scientist Gitanjali Rao who invented “Tethys,” a portable device that detects lead in water. Gitanjali started working on her invention after she heard about the toxic water crisis in Flint Michigan.

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