Inclined to Care: Lifting the Alleghenies to New Heights, 2013
In Summer 2013, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies welcomed five students as its inaugural Youth Philanthropy Interns. This eight-week program was made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments and is based on its long-running similar program in the Pittsburgh area. Throughout the course of their internship, students assessed community needs through research, site visits and interviews. They determined that the region would benefit from a stronger educational program aimed at preparing students for jobs in Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties and – with $25,000 to award — issued a request for proposals to build a program that will connect students, parents and businesses to meet this objective in a cohesive, sustainable and measurable way.
In addition to their grantmaking, interns created the radio documentaries featured on this CD. After initial training at SLB Radio Productions in Pittsburgh, students were provided with microphones, digital recorders, editing software and ongoing coaching to create these succinct broadcast features. SLB will air the features across its 10-station network covering fifteen Pennsylvania counties in Fall 2013.
From about 1853 to 1910, thousands of people from around the world settled in Cambria City, a neighborhood across the Conemaugh River from the Cambria Iron Works. Based on its rich industrial, architectural and cultural heritage, Cambria City was designated as a National Historic District in 1991 and today celebrates its rich heritage and emerging cultural landscape. This report provides additional insight based on interviews with Chad Pysher and Steve Biter (Cambria City Flowers), Rosemary Pawlowski (Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center), David Sapolich (Phoenix Tavern), Brad Clemenson (Lift Johnstown) and Fred Folta (Our Sons’ Family Restaurant).
With many people a paycheck away from needing support from a food pantry, the issue of food security – the confidence of being able to provide food for oneself and family – is a growing concern in our region and the nation. This report explores the issues surrounding food security and is based on interviews with Todd Price (East Side Elementary School), Cynthia Moore (Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank), Greg Karcher (St. Vincent DePaul Family Kitchen), Cyndi Ahlborn (Cambria County Child Development Association), Ted Karadavis (Bedford Food Outreach) and Ken Regal (Just Harvest).
Students reflect on their Summer 2013 internship experiences below.
Janae Staicer (Greater Johnstown High School, Class of 2013, Cambria County)
Anthony Wagner, V (Bedford Area High School, Class of 2013, Bedford County)
Kendra Slis (Greater Johnstown High School, Class of 2013, Cambria County)
Kylie Putman (Rockwood High School, Class of 2013, Somerset County)
Keith Hartman, Senior Intern (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Class of 2014)
Inclined to Care was produced by students participating in the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Youth Philanthropy Internship Program with support from The Saturday Light Brigade. All statements or opinions are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. More information on the youth philanthropy internship program is available at www.cfalleghenies.org
Special thanks to Angie Berzonski (Community Foundation of the Alleghenies), Wayne Jones (The Heinz Endowments), SLB Radio Productions and community members providing support to the interns throughout the summer.
More information on Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is available at cfalleghenies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 536-7741
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