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Crossing Fences: Hilltop

November 7, 2013 – 4:04 pm | 14,523 views
IMG_0067 Hilltop Voices features first-person reflections from ten men as collected by thirteen boys. Project activities were conducted in collaboration with Voices Against Violence.

Crossing Fences: Northside

November 7, 2013 – 3:57 pm | 13,547 views
James_Grayson_Donnell 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.

Crossing Fences: McKeesport

November 7, 2013 – 3:38 pm | 14,396 views
IMG_1237 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.

14th Annual Alphabet Trail and Tales

September 18, 2013 – 11:44 am | 1,571 views
IMG_1535 SLB was proud to be part of the 14th annual Citiparks Alphabet Trail and Tales, September 14, 2013 at the Frick Park Blue Slide Playground. In addition to providing story boxes and audio devices for children to explore, SLB recorded thoughts from kids and adults on reading and the the importance of literacy during our remote broadcast.

The Green Compass Season 5

August 8, 2013 – 2:41 pm | 12,053 views
IMG_0478 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.

Inclined to Care: Lifting the Alleghenies to New Heights, 2013

July 31, 2013 – 5:06 pm | 9,712 views
_RUC2581 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.

Live Music: Todd Burge

June 15, 2013 – 4:14 pm | 1,247 views
Todd Burge From 6/15/2013: Parkersburg, WV singer/songwriter Todd Burge returns to our studios.

YES: Center for Young Musicians Violinists

June 15, 2013 – 4:01 pm | 1,274 views
IMG_9671 From 06/15/2013: Violinists from The Center for Young Musicians performing live on SLB.

Propel East – 7th and 8th Grade – Technology Labs

June 7, 2013 – 12:24 pm | 1,729 views
IMG_9325 In Spring 2013, as part of a 12-week Creative Arts program focused on technology, Propel East 7th and 8th graders participated in several hands-on labs designed to teach the basic construction and physics that allow audio-based devices (such as microphones and speakers) to function. Over the course of 6 weeks, students learned how to build a functioning microphone using household materials, as well as how to "circuit bend" - the process of rewiring the circuit board inside an audio electronics device (such as a keyboard) to elicit modified sound.