WQED Multimedia/Learning Innovation coverage of the April 25, 2014 Youth Media Advocacy Program (YMAP) culminating event celebrating the work of nearly 400 ninth graders at Pittsburgh Obama, Pittsburgh Brashear and Wilkinsburg during the 2013-2014 school year.
Hilltop Voices features first-person reflections from ten men as collected by thirteen boys. Project activities were conducted in collaboration with Voices Against Violence.
Northside Voices features first-person reflections from ten men as collected by fourteen boys. Project activities were conducted in collaboration with Allegheny Youth Development. Listen below for each man's story as well as reflections from the interviewers.
McKeesport Voices features first-person reflections from eleven men as collected by 10 boys. Project activities were conducted in collaboration with YouthCAST. Listen below for each man's story as well as reflections from the interviewers.
Where we are and where we are going...
In July 2013, twenty-eight recent high-school graduates created these radio features while serving as Summer Interns at The Heinz Endowments. The resulting features cover a range of community issues. While SLB provided training and coaching, the features presented here were conceived and created entirely by the students in a single week.
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.