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Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

  1. Amplify-New Profit Blog: Peace First Prize Semi-Finalists Announced! "On Tuesday, Peace First, a New Profit partner in the Reimagine Learning Fund that is dedicated to teaching critical peacemaking skills to youth, announced the semi-finalists for the Peace First Prize. The Peace First Prize is a national award recognizing youth peacemakers, ages 8-22, who are leaders of change focused on creating peaceful schools and communities."

  2. The Washington Post: The ‘Rise’ of Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative "Obama’s championing of MBK, a public-private endeavor he established in 2014, got the attention of documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter. 'Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper,' which will air at 7 p.m. on the Discovery Channel and simulcast OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Father’s Day, looks at the lives of young men and boys of color in four MBK-principled programs around the country. It will premiere at the Newseum as part of the documentary film festival of the American Film Institute on June 18. But what will give the one-hour documentary added power is the participation of the president himself. Obama granted Porter an interview during his visit to Camden, N.J., on Monday."

  3. EdSurge: Moving Beyond the 'Does Blended Learning Work?' Question "Asking whether blended learning 'works' is the wrong question. The answer, of course, depends on how it’s implemented, the learning model, the teachers, who it’s serving, the software and more. Equally important is defining what the problem is--and how to define success in solving that problem in concrete terms. Success metrics could range from whether students were proficient on a state test to whether all students attained mastery of a set of knowledge and skills to whether we were looking to boost engagement and intrinsic motivation."

  4. City Lab: To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids "Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths."

  5. The New York Times: Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works "Ms. Khan’s story reads like a dream for universities and technology companies — where only about 15 percent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. The industry has been under pressure to recruit more. The difficult question, though, is how to encourage more women on paths like Ms. Khan’s. Some colleges have made significant strides, including the University of Washington, where Ms. Khan is a student. Their methods offer lessons for other colleges and companies hoping to increase the number of women in fields where they remain underrepresented."