5 coliving spaces for creatives in expensive cities

As rent has skyrocketed in large US cities, coliving has become increasingly mainstream and an attractive option for cash-strapped creatives. In Los Angeles, home to aspiring actors and screenwriters, the average one-bedroom apartment goes for $1,370 a month. Rents are double that in New York City, where artists can pretty much forget about living alone. The average one-bedroom apartment rents for $2,980 a month.
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Social healing organizations unite to weave new future for African American teens

Middle school is a trying time for any teen but the pressures faced by African American teen boys are especially complex. A program in New Orleans is matching 12- and 13-year-olds with mentors that help young men belong in a community that aims to divert them from gang membership and build feelings of empowerment and masculinity that are not predicated on violence. It is a partnership between The Silverback Society, a Louisiana-based nonprofit, and Weave: The Social Fabric Project, which is a program of The Aspen Institute and brainchild of author and New York Times op-ed writer David Brooks.

Harnessing the power of youth travel for good

Observers have long complained about what they see as the vapid consumption of social media, especially that of Instagram travel photos, some even accusing young people of being addicted. But one sharing organization has turned the much-maligned “Insta travel snap” on its head and is using young travelers to spread an important message about international development. Sustainability Adventure is a program that sends gap-year travelers around the globe to report on how different non-governmental

How NYC Books Through Bars is bringing books to people in prison

I recently slipped through a sidewalk cellar door to enter the basement of Freebird Books, a large space crammed with books organized into different sections, where I spent the evening reading letters from prison inmates and selecting and packaging books for them. At least twice a week, volunteers go through the 700-800 letters NYC Books Through Bars, a collective based in New York City, New York, receives from inmates every month and fulfill their requests.

How Brooklyn ceramics collectives are sculpting a new generation of potters

Pottery is "such a visible, shareable art form," says Jennifer Waverek, founder and director of BKLYN CLAY, a studio that since 2016 has served as a coworking community for ceramics artists. Tactile, less technological, slower paced — this world couldn't be further from the fast-paced startup world that brought us a host of coworking spaces. Potters cannot succumb to digital distractions — they must sink their hands into terra cotta or other types of clay and sculpt with laser focus. Pottery collectives, many of which are based in Brooklyn, New York, are bringing artists into a vibrant, empowering community. They're allowing burgeoning and established ceramists to share resources — from kilns to ideas — and sculpt their futures together.