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DC startups filling gaps in services

CNNMoney has shown some love to local startups, some for-profit, some not, that train disengaged youth, finance student loans, and more.

The Young Doctors Project trains high-school students to conduct blood-pressure screenings and other basic health care services. The idea is to relieve the burden on trained healthcare workers (who can spend their time at community health fairs dealing with higher level issues) and perhaps prep the students for careers in the medical industry.

MPOWER Financing provides crowdfunded loans to college-bound students who can't access other sources of money (because they lack co-signers or credit history). MPOWER gave its first $10,000 loan earlier this month and already has a waiting list of another few dozen students.

Finally, Food for Life, which is a startup but not a nonprofit, trains kids 18-23 with culinary skills so they can get jobs.

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