Today in Squirrel News, internships for adult women help them re-enter the workforce and possibly into leadership positions, London set up a special programme to immediately address language barriers for refugee children, South Africa tackles its plastic waste problem by training children to become anti plastic ‘pirates’ and the African forest elephant captures carbon emissions.
How internships help adult women rejoin the workforce in the US
US companies are now offering 12 week programmes for women who can then apply for long term positions, increasing the participation of women on senior level and diminishing the wage gap within the companies.
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‘They can really fly’: how to teach a refugee child
Children arriving from war-torn countries such as Ukraine often thrive in their new school and go on to be successful. Teachers welcome them using a buddy system with children of their age and playful learning methods to immediately overcome the language barrier.
‘Captain Fanplastic’: South Africa educates children to tackle its plastic problem
The primary school programme uses ‘Rrrr’ to refuse, reuse, repurpose and recycle plastic. More measures are e-books, creative crafts, treasure hunts and innovative storytelling to help children understand the consequences of littering in South Africa.
New Zealand unveils plan against climate crisis by adapting cities to rising seas
Proposals to prepare the country for more floods, massive storms and wildfires include building away from high-risk areas and protecting cultural sites such as those of the maori community.
Washington is first US state to introduce mandatory all-electric heating
From July 2023 natural gas powered heating may no longer be installed in the state of Washington. At least 50% of water must be used via electric heat pumps circulating in the houses.
New benefits calculator highlights the US benefit-wage problem
Benefits granted to low-income workers support them in daily life but are eradicated when the get substantial pay raises, leaving them in the same spot as before. This calculator facilitates future decision-making as well as wage negotiation.
Citizens of small town collaborate to tear down remote work boundaries
In order to incentivise living as well as working in Mexico, Missouri, the small town reinvents itself to promote sustainable growth. Not only does it create appropriate co-working spaces, but it is also the first town to have a workforce specialist on its staff in the state.
Homefulness’: former homeless people offer housing to those without homes
Calling it a ‘poor people-led solution’, Homefullness offers free homes to recently unhoused people, raises funds to provide additional support, homeschooling and purchases additional property.
How the African forest elephant captures colossal carbon emissions
Although uprooting parts of the forest, the elephant helps the forest store carbon. A single elephant can help store 9,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide per square kilometer in its natural habitat.
The Confess Project – A Mental Health Barbershop Movement
Millions of people struggle with mental health issues. The Confess Project trains barbers to become mental health advocates. In our new podcast episode, the project’s Chief People Officer, Darnell Rice explains to us why and how a haircut can be much more than just a haircut.