Over 100 Pittsburgh youth to share ideas and perspectives for the future of Pittsburgh
A citywide town hall and showcase #PGHYouthVision shares youth perspectives about the future of our region with policy makers and organizers through a media campaign, project showcase, data collection and town hall event on April 27, 2017 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM.
4:30 PM – #PGHYouthVision Event Opens at Kelly Strayhorn Theater; Visual Displays, Food Served
5:15 PM – Councilman Dan Gilman presents a City Council Proclamation for #PGHYouthVision
– Musical and dance performances from YMCA Lighthouse’s INK, Controlled Chaos, The Lighthouse Dance Troupe & a spoken word performance
5:35 PM – The town hall panel discussion begins
6:20 PM – Musical performances by Red Goblet and Gray Buchanan from Dreams of Hope and from Hope Academy’s Hatco Band.
7:00 PM – Event ends
The event will be emceed by LiveFromTheCity (1Hood) and the Town Hall youth panel discussion will be moderated by Tresa Murphy-Green and Rashod Brown. There will be ASL interpretation available at the town hall event. Dinner and dessert will be catered by Sweet Little Eats and provided free at this all-ages event.
Issues that will be addressed by the participating youth include: racial justice, environmental justice, immigration & refugees, labor and jobs, education, LGBTQIA+ justice, food security, homelessness and affordable housing, transportation, policing and incarceration, and public health.Click here to RSVP
“I think it’s important for young people to share their perspective, because we are the future, and if we get our ideas out there we can work together to make those ideas possible and make a bigger change”
-Veronica Rae Green, Sophomore and Town Hall Panelist
The #PGHYouthVision project includes youth participants from Sistah Speak Youth Project, YMCA Lighthouse, HOPE Academy, Brookline Teen Outreach, Assemble, Bike Pittsburgh, SLB Radio, Hazelwood Media Justice, Action Housing, Youth Places, Gwen’s Girls, Homewood Children’s Village, A+ Schools, BOOM Concepts, Urban League, The Soil Superheroes, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen GSA and others.
Through this campaign, local youth use media to share their own visions, perspectives and narratives related to the future of our city, region, and country. This campaign provides an organized platform to amplify youth voices through a social media hashtag and includes a formal presentation and town hall meeting just prior to the end of the first 100 days of the new presidential administration. To support and amplify youth voices, April 27th, 2017 has been officially proclaimed “#PGHYouthVision Day” resolved by William Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh.
Community stakeholders including City Council Members will be in attendance at the event to bear witness to the creative visioning of Pittsburgh youth. The platform this town hall will provide includes intergenerational and cross-industry networking, as well as an introduction to civic engagement for youth before they are old enough to vote. Saturday Light Brigade teens will host a live webcast of the town hall event. You can stream it live from www.youthexpress.org and via the TuneIn or Streema apps. Emily Simon will live draw the panel. Photographic documentation of the event will be provided by Eleven Stanley Productions.
Even if you cannot make the event, you can still submit your ideas and engage online with the hashtag #PGHYouthVision!
This project is supported in part by a 100 Days of US award from The Sprout Fund.
100 Days of US is an initiative to empower people to act locally during the first 100 days of the new presidential administration to advance positive, solution-oriented responses to issues of national importance. Learn more at 100daysof.us