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Here's how one city's plan to pay panhandlers for work is doing a year later.

Giving panhandlers a day's work is proving to be a win-win situation.

In May 2015, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry decided to help panhandlers looking for an honest day's work earn a little money.

Upworthy reported on the There's a Better Way program a few months after it launched, but the results now — after just 14 months — are truly astounding.

The program was created after Berry noticed panhandlers around the city were being fined, which clearly wasn't helping them or the city because they couldn't pay their fines. Instead of financially penalizing them, the There's A Better Way program has vans that drive around the city looking for panhandlers and offering them a day's work helping to beautify the community.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic upending her community, Brooklyn-based singer Tiffany Obi turned to healing those who had lost loved ones the way she knew best — through music.

Obi quickly ran into one glaring issue as she began performing solo at memorials. Many of the venues where she performed didn't have the proper equipment for her to play a recorded song to accompany her singing. Often called on to perform the day before a service, Obi couldn't find any pianists to play with her on such short notice.

As she looked at the empty piano at a recent performance, Obi's had a revelation.

"Music just makes everything better," Obi said. "If there was an app to bring musicians together on short notice, we could bring so much joy to the people at those memorials."

Using the coding skills she gained at Pursuit — a rigorous, four-year intensive program that trains adults from underserved backgrounds and no prior experience in programming — Obi turned this market gap into the very first app she created.

She worked alongside four other Pursuit Fellows to build In Tune, an app that connects musicians in close proximity to foster opportunities for collaboration.

When she learned about and applied to Pursuit, Obi was eager to be a part of Pursuit's vision to empower their Fellows to build successful careers in tech. Pursuit's Fellows are representative of the community they want to build: 50% women, 70% Black or Latinx, 40% immigrant, 60% non-Bachelor's degree holders, and more than 50% are public assistance recipients.

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