Community http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-globally-engaged-groups-join-forces-through-global-switchboard <p>Social media and the internet have connected the world in ways once thought impossible. However, computer connections cannot take the place of human contact.</p><p>There are a number of organizations in the city with the shared goal of engaging others across the globe.</p><p>Nathan Darity and Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of <a href="http://amizade.org/">Amizade Global Service Learning</a>, are two of the members that connected these organizations together through the <a href="http://amizade.org/resource/the-global-switchboard/">global switchboard</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:22:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27802 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard Millennials Rejecting Polarized Politics & Changing Nonprofit Giving http://wesa.fm/post/millennials-rejecting-polarized-politics-changing-nonprofit-giving <p>Nonprofits in the region must redefine their community relevance for the Millennial generation as these young adults enter society with a completely <a href="http://www.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/2013/1013/Pages/1013-managing-millennials.aspx">different approach</a> to giving.</p><p>According to Linda Jones, Vice President of Workplace Campaign for the <a href="http://unitedwaypittsburgh.org/">United Way of Allegheny County</a>, Millennials prefer to give consistently in small amounts as well as volunteer at the organizations they support. They also approach politics differently, rejecting <a href="http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/12/will-disillusioned-millennials-bring-an-end-to-the-reagan-clinton-era/">polarized politics</a> and increasingly registering as independents.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:06:23 +0000 Katherine Blackley 25181 at http://wesa.fm Millennials Rejecting Polarized Politics & Changing Nonprofit Giving Neighborhood Bonds: A Partnership Between Allegheny General Hospital & the Northside http://wesa.fm/post/neighborhood-bonds-partnership-between-allegheny-general-hospital-northside <p>Twenty five years ago an interesting partnership developed between <a href="http://www.pittsburghnorthside.com/">North Side neighborhoods </a>and the <a href="http://www.wpahs.org/locations/allegheny-general-hospital">Allegheny General Hospital</a>. That partnership continues today and has proved to be beneficial on both sides. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Diana Nelson Jones recently reported on <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/02/10/North-Side-AGH-bond-still-strong-after-25-years/stories/201402100063">this collaboration</a>.</p><p>We took a further look at how large institutions and neighborhood groups can work together to increase the quality of a community. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:53:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24314 at http://wesa.fm Neighborhood Bonds: A Partnership Between Allegheny General Hospital & the Northside Ending Street Harassment in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/ending-street-harassment-pittsburgh <p>Street harassment is a public form of sexual harassment that many people have witnessed, experienced, or engaged in.</p><p>For the most part, women are told to ignore cat calls and lewd behavior when walking down the street, but what if it happens on a daily basis?</p><p><em><a href="http://www.ihollaback.org/">Hollaback</a></em> is an online initiative that was created in New York City to give people a place to vent or talk about their experiences with public harassment.</p><p>Now four Pittsburgh women have formed a<a href="http://pittsburgh.ihollaback.org/"> local chapter</a> of <em>Hollaback</em>. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:50:43 +0000 Nick Frost 20954 at http://wesa.fm Ending Street Harassment in Pittsburgh Newcomers Invited to City-Wide Dine Around http://wesa.fm/post/newcomers-invited-city-wide-dine-around <p>New to the ‘Burgh? Enjoy great food, socialize with other newcomers and form networks throughout Pittsburgh at one of the city-wide <a href="http://vibrantpittsburgh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Oct26_Dine-Around-Participants-Invite_FINAL_Updated_Oct1.pdf">Dine Around</a> events. Vibrant Pittsburgh, established to grow the diversity of the region, has been instrumental in organizing these dinners.<a href="http://vibrantpittsburgh.org"> </a></p><p><a href="http://vibrantpittsburgh.org">Vibrant Pittsburgh </a>CEO Melanie Harrington and Community outreach and inclusion manager Adriana Dobrzycka use a three-pronged approach to bring in and keep diverse families, and say these dinners are an excellent step in helping these newcomers feel welcome.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:54:42 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18697 at http://wesa.fm Newcomers Invited to City-Wide Dine Around Study Shows Pittsburgh Has Strong Upward Mobility http://wesa.fm/post/study-shows-pittsburgh-has-strong-upward-mobility <p>A new study shows Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh specifically, might be the model for the American dream.</p><p>A team of researchers from Harvard University and the University of California-Berkley found that Pennsylvania has considerably more upward mobility than other parts of the country.</p><p>According to Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center, upward mobility is the ability of someone in the economic lower class to move up the economic scale.</p><p>Herzenberg said upward mobility is at the heart of the American dream.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:20:39 +0000 Jessica Nath 13754 at http://wesa.fm Study Shows Pittsburgh Has Strong Upward Mobility Don't Count The Big D Out Yet! http://wesa.fm/post/dont-count-big-d-out-yet <p>While the recent media cycle on Detroit’s bankruptcy often reads like a eulogy to one of America’s great industrial boomtowns, <strong>Richard C. Harwood</strong>, who heads the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, sees <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-c-harwood/hold-on-detroit-is-not-de_b_3646860.html">signs of life</a>. Harwood points to a number of positive signs in the city, including companies moving downtown, building renovations and venture capital funds being formed.</p><p>All of these&nbsp;improvements “are pockets of change that suggest that a new path forward can emerge.” Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:13:36 +0000 John Lavanga 14133 at http://wesa.fm Don't Count The Big D Out Yet! Grab a Seat: 'Pop Up Patio' Launches in Downtown Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/grab-seat-pop-patio-launches-downtown-pittsburgh <p>The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s latest Pop Up project began Monday with rain splashing off vacant patio furniture, but the nonprofit believes the seats will soon be filled during lunch hours.</p><p>With its brightly colored bistro tables and chairs, the Pop Up Patio fills downtown's Strawberry Way from Smithfield Street to Montour Way.</p><p>Jeremy Waldrup, partnership president and CEO, said he hopes the month-long pilot program will encourage people to not only hang out downtown but also frequent nearby businesses.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:58:26 +0000 Jessica Nath 13550 at http://wesa.fm Grab a Seat: 'Pop Up Patio' Launches in Downtown Pittsburgh 5 Blogs Any Pittsburgh Newbie Should Follow http://wesa.fm/post/5-blogs-any-pittsburgh-newbie-should-follow <p>The reach of the Pittsburgh community is expansive, so it should be no surprise that the city’s online community is just as vast.</p><p>For those <strong>New to the ‘Burgh</strong>, here’s a rundown of some blogs that will help you figure out where to go, what to do, and — perhaps most importantly — what to eat.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:45:17 +0000 Reid Carter 12376 at http://wesa.fm 5 Blogs Any Pittsburgh Newbie Should Follow Pittsburgh Crowd Cheers Gay Marriage Decisions http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-crowd-cheers-gay-marriage-decisions <p>At least 250 people gathered on a downtown Pittsburgh street closed for the occasion were cheering U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.<br><br>City Councilman Bruce Kraus told the crowd Wednesday morning, "To my fellow gay, lesbian, transsexual and queer friends, welcome to full equality."<br><br>City police have issued a permit for Wednesday's rally on Liberty Avenue, during which a portion of the busy downtown artery was to remain closed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.<br><br>The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh organized the rally, which was called "Riot or Rejoice."<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:17:01 +0000 Staff and wire reports 12129 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Crowd Cheers Gay Marriage Decisions Pittsburgh Named America's Smartest City http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-named-americas-smartest-city <p>Pittsburgh has been known as the Steel City and the City of Champions, but what about the smartest city?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to David Cross, content editor for </span>Movoto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> real estate, Pittsburgh is indeed the <a href="http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/smartest-cities/">smartest city</a> in the United States.</span></p><p>“I can say that, you know, I was a little shocked that Pittsburgh ranked that high," Cross said. "At the same time I was really happy, because I’m a Midwestern boy at heart."</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:29:49 +0000 Jessica Nath 12068 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Named America's Smartest City Meet the Teen Boys Who Will Help Knit the Andy Warhol Bridge http://wesa.fm/post/meet-teen-boys-who-will-help-knit-andy-warhol-bridge <p>Sixteen-year-old Diondre Harris was clowning around with his friends last Saturday at an end-of-year cookout at the Marshall-Shadeland office of Allegheny Youth Development.</p><p>The boys were eating hot dogs, talking about the NBA playoffs and sharing their report cards. AYD held the event to celebrate all that the few dozen teenage boys who take part in the program did over the course of the last school year.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:12:59 +0000 Erika Beras 12055 at http://wesa.fm Meet the Teen Boys Who Will Help Knit the Andy Warhol Bridge New to the 'Burgh? Here's 8 Handy Do’s and Don’ts http://wesa.fm/post/new-burgh-heres-8-handy-do-s-and-don-ts <p>It can be hard to jump into a new location without understanding the local customs, and Pittsburgh, friendly as it might be, is wrapped in layers of seemingly impenetrable culture.<br /><br />But do not fret: As part of our, well, <em>new</em> web series, "<strong>New to the 'Burgh</strong>," here’s a handy guide to circumventing the trap doors and pitfalls of life in Pittsburgh.<br /><br /><strong>1. DO be aware of the Pittsburgh Left</strong><br /> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:50:49 +0000 Reid Carter 11588 at http://wesa.fm New to the 'Burgh? Here's 8 Handy Do’s and Don’ts