Markie Raymond, 15, found creativity and support at Imago Dei, a private, tuition-free school serving low-income families in Tucson, Ariz.

Tohono O’odham, a Native American tribe in Arizona, is believed to have one of the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the world. A non-profit organization on the reservation launched an ambitious plan to introduce traditional ways of growing and cooking food to the tribe’s youngest members.

Caridad Community Kitchen’s job training program helps area residents with employment issues find a second chance. People, like David Rogers, who had issues with alcohol, gain new skills while cooking food for local homeless shelters and community centers.

Richard Gene Lomelino started hallucinating 18 years ago. He rides his bike to help cope with his mental illness and find mobility as a homeless resident of Tucson.


Mia Chism, a copy editor at the Institute, loves spending time with people who love journalism as much as she does and would rather copy-edit in her spare time than watch Netflix.

It took a journey through social media to find a woman who went through a violent and traumatic trek to the United States. This is one of many examples of how social media can be used as a tool in reporting.

In Focus

With the temperature rising past 100 degrees, Thursday was a good day for Tucson’s city pools to open.