Black Girls Matter

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Black girls in the Pittsburgh region are 11 times more likely than white girls to have contact with the juvenile justice system, according to a 2016 study, Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

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In Pittsburgh, African American girls are three times more likely to be suspended than white girls and 11 times more likely to be referred the juvenile justice system.  The statistics come from a new "State of the Girls" report by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in partnership with Gwen's Girls, a nonprofit that helps young disadvantaged girls throughout the city. 

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As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain traction, activists have begun to explore other facets of the African American experience.  This weekend, the mini audio documentary #BlackGirlsMatter, which chronicles the challenges young women of color face in schools, will premiere on nearly fifty public radio stations across the country. 

Co-producers Amma Ababio, a Harvard student, and Marna Owens, a Penn State student, came up with the idea for the piece when working on a team project when they were youth philanthropy interns for the Heinz Endowments last summer.  As one of their final projects, teams were challenged to produce a radio piece.