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What happens when kids mentor kids

Karim Abouelnaga with students in the Practice Makes Perfect summer program. Karim Abouelnaga turned down a job on Wall Street to confront a problem that had set him back as a low-income student: the summer slide. During the summer months, learning grinds to a halt for many low-income kids while their affluent peers go off to camp. When that happens, students can lose as much as 30% of what they learned durin...

08 Oct 10:47 AM 0 Read More...

D.C. considers country's most generous paid leave policy

For many American workers, taking time off to have a child or care for a sick family member means not getting paid. That may change for those who live or work in Washington, D.C. Local lawmakers are considering a proposal to provide up to 16 weeks of paid leave a year for significant family or medical issues. Any D.C. resident, or any employee of a D.C.-based private company would be eligible. The ...

07 Oct 4:42 AM 0 Read More...

Hangovers create Steem, a caffeinated peanut butter

The Massachusetts startup Steem concocted caffeinated peanut butter as a hangover cure. A trio of foodies claim to have come up with an answer to the binge drinker's lament, "When is somebody going to invent a hangover cure?" What they came up with is a caffeinated peanut butter called Steem. "The idea stemmed from a conversation about trying to come up with a good hangover cure," said Andrew Brach, who was cogi...

05 Oct 10:36 PM 0 Read More...

Remember Smarties? The retro candy is thriving

Liz, Sarah and Jessica Dee (L to R) run the Smarties Candy Company. Smarties is a family owned business that their grandfather founded in 1949. When people ask Liz, Jessica and Sarah Dee what they do for a living, they often pull candy out of their pockets and say, "We make these." The trio run Smarties, one of America's iconic candy companies. Any kid -- or kid at heart -- who has done the Halloween trick-or...

04 Oct 4:25 PM 0 Read More...

The gig economy: More people might have jobs than you think

America is a tale of two job markets. The U.S. economy in recent months isn't adding a healthy number of jobs. However, the unemployment rate is at a robust 5.1%, almost half of the 10% it was at during the aftermath of the financial crisis. What gives? A missing piece of the puzzle could be the part time and full-time Uber and Lyft drivers, the Alfred butlers and Handy house cleaners that make up the so-c...

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He's keeping old school computers alive

Jonathan Hefter, founder and CEO of Neverware. Jonathan Hefter is passionate about two things: education and problem solving. The 29-year-old has put both at the heart of Neverware, the startup he founded in 2011. Neverware created software that revives old school computers and gets them running like new again. "Why are we constantly replacing computers when there's still latent power in them?" said Hefter, w...

29 Sep 4:11 PM 0 Read More...

London mob attacks trendy cereal cafe

A trendy cereal cafe in east London is trying to get back to business as usual after it was attacked by an angry mob on Saturday night. The large crowd threw paint and smoke bombs at the small restaurant and damaged other businesses in protest against the gentrification of Shoreditch. The neighborhood in the British capital has become a hub for tech startups and hipsters in recent years. Customers an...

29 Sep 1:06 AM 0 Read More...

This ring vibrates when your Uber arrives

Christina Mercando d’Avignon, 33, is the founder of smart jewelry startup Ringly. The jewelry connects to the Ringly app where women can customize which phone calls, texts and app alerts filter through to the ring. They select how to be notified -- via vibrations or flashing lights emitted from the ring. Women can then stash their phones away and not miss a beat. D’Avignon -- whose background is in pr...

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Why teachers are ditching report cards

Darren Massa, a middle school science teacher in California, now relies on FreshGrade instead of traditional report cards. Lane Merrifield vividly recalls the stress his young son felt when he got his first "C" on a report card. What made it worse was learning later that the teacher had made a mistake. "His teacher had accidentally switched his grade with another student's. My son had one of the highest grade...

24 Sep 3:40 PM 0 Read More...

How one high schooler made $80K (without getting a job)

Abby Saxastar [center] earned $80,000 in guaranteed scholarship on Raise.me. High schoolers can now earn money for college -- no job required. Startup Raise.me developed a program that allows high school students to start banking college scholarship money. What's the catch? The money is tied to students' individual achievements. The better they do in school, the more engaged they are with their communities,...

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