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Date:6/4/2009

rst college access program in the country to use AmeriCorps members to "coach" their students. Starting as a 35-student pilot program in 2001, Admission Possible's program is now in 17 Greater Twin Cities high schools and serves 1,300 students across five school districts. In fall of 2008, Admission Possible expanded its program to high schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) installs solar heating systems for low-income families that qualify for public heating assistance. While Heating Assistance is a vital safety net for the lowest income Minnesotans, it isn't a permanent solution for generational and cyclical fuel poverty. RREAL home solar heating systems saves low-income families money while reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions; localizes energy production; and creates green jobs in impoverished communities in northern Minnesota. The solar heating systems installed by RREAL offset as much heat in one season as a family receives through heating assistance.

RREAL manufactures and sells of one of the most efficient solar air heat collectors on the market. The income from sales of its solar heating systems allows it to subsidize installations of systems in the homes of low-income families. RREAL is working with Community Action Programs to replicate their work across Minnesota.

RREAL's goal is to install Solar Air Heat in residences, businesses, and industry throughout Minnesota and beyond not only as a solution to fuel prices, but for the reduction of greenhouse gases, keeping energy spending local, the creation of local employment, and energy independence.

Hearth Connection

Homelessness is a social ill that Hearth Connection knows how to solve. Hearth Connection's network of supportive housing providers houses over 1,300 men, women, and children, 92% of whom now live in their own
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