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Youth Express: The Fairchild Challenge

January 25, 2020 – 10:05 am | 93 views
IMG_1792 From 1/25/2020 - Penn Middle School students Braeden Simon (13), Caeley Simon (11), Eliza Kleinschmidt (12) and Adithri Pingali 11 on their participation in the latest Fairchild Challenge during which students explored how plants are able to respond to climate changes by using different characteristics and mechanisms to regulate leaf temperature.

Youth Express: Youth Chamber Connection The Sixth Avenue Trio

January 18, 2020 – 10:00 am | 40 views
IMG_1707 From 1/18/2020 - From Youth Chamber Connection, the Sixth Avenue Trio featuring Elizabeth Salgado on flute (11th grade, Seneca Valley), Trey Tillotson on clarinet (12th grade, Eden Christian Academy), and Alex Owczarzak on bassoon (12th grade, Moon Area).

Youth Express: Big Brother Big Sister of the Month

January 11, 2020 – 10:35 am | 26 views
IMG_1647 From 1/11/2020: Araziah Davis (6th grade, Urban Pathways) and Heather Hackett discuss their relationship as forged by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Youth Express: Propel Student Action Team

January 11, 2020 – 10:05 am | 30 views
IMG_1643 From 1/11/2020: Propel Andrew St. High School students David Owusu (16) and Jhordan Price (16) discussing their work as part of the Propel Student Action Team.

Youth Express: The Hillman Academy

January 4, 2020 – 10:05 am | 87 views
IMG_1587 From 01/04/2020 - Kerollos Kamel (18, University of Pittsburgh) and David Donehue (19, Carnegie Mellon University) discuss their participation in the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Academy as well as opportunities for high school students (ages 15 and up) and college undergraduates to apply to take part in the Summer 2020 program (deadline is 2/10).

Youth Express: Phipps Fairchild Challenge

December 28, 2019 – 10:35 am | 45 views
IMG_1537 From 12/28/2019 - Norwin High School students Gabriella Conley (16), Tegan Lochner (17),  Emily Jumba (17), Radene Jackson (17), and Hannah Jackson (18) discuss their award-winning entry in a Fairchild Challenge prompt to create a "Wish You Were Here" postcard based depicting a favorite outdoor place with original art and writing.

Youth Express: Pittsburgh Music Academy

December 21, 2019 – 10:20 am | 57 views
IMG_1446 From 12/21/2019 - From Pittsburgh Music Academy, pianists Katie Mancos (4, Montessori School for Creative Learning), Elliot Mancos (7, Sewickley Academy), Lila Shah (7, Winchester Thurston), Jayan Shah (9, Winchester Thurston) and Jacob Clougherty (11, Boyce Middle School) with holiday selections on piano under the instruction of Amaury Morales

Youth Express: Venture Outdoors

December 21, 2019 – 10:05 am | 47 views
20191221_101015 Derrell Mack (17, City Hight) and Dre Mack (11, Sunnyside Academy) discussing their experience with Venture Outdoors

Live Performance: Castle of Ink

December 14, 2019 – 11:05 am | 31 views
IMG_1400_banner From 12/14/2019 - Live music with Castle of Ink

Youth Express: Creative Nonfiction’s Writing the tough stuff

December 14, 2019 – 10:35 am | 24 views
IMG_1341 From 12/14/2019 - From Creative Nonfiction's Writing the Tough Stuff program, C.G. Marchl (12th grade, Pittsburgh CAPA), Costello Keene (9th grade, Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School), Julian Rubin (11th grade, Taylor Allderdice HS), Margaret Balich (12th grade, Winchester Thurston), Wendy Moore (10th grade, Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School) and Melia Lenker (12th grade, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)