Project Millennials

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Quinn Elliott from East Liberty holds herself and the city to a high standard.

As a volunteer at The Big Idea Bookstore and Cafe in Bloomfield, she advocates for deep thought and strong, grassroots communities. The Big Idea is a worker-owned, community operated bookstore that advocates for alternative lifestyles and radical cultures.

Just like Quinn, the not-for-profit collaborative hopes to create a space to build open and empowering communities.

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Compared to geographically similar cities around the country, Pittsburgh surfaces as a highly innovative city with some complex demographic problems.

Pittsburgh Today Director Doug Heuck and his team studied the makeup of benchmark regions like Milwaukee, Detroit and Richmond and found that Pittsburgh has numerable encouraging qualities, but lacks many important elements some residents find essential to city life.

Does Pittsburgh Meet the Needs of the Millennial Generation?

Feb 28, 2014
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Christopher Briem, a regional economist at the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh and Sasha King, social scientist and independent career consultant, provide a snapshot of the city’s young people, from their economic situations to their personal values.

They say skilled young professionals seek out Pittsburgh for its affordable living, commitment to innovation and opportunities for upward mobility. Statistics mirror the growing notion that the Steel City has become a hub for cultural diversity and technological creativity, partly based on its ability to attract and retain Millennials.

This demographic of Pittsburghers range from 18 to 34 years old, and are characterized by their technological skill, their dedication to equality issues, and oftentimes their mounting student debt and unemployment.

Collaboration & Contribution: Millennials in the Workplace

Feb 28, 2014
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Beginning in kindergarten, members of the Millennial generation were educated in “pods” of four or five children, where learning became a team effort and idea sharing a necessity, according to career consultant and coach, Christy Uffelman.

Notably, this generation has also watched their parents and grandparents lose lifelong careers to economic decline and societal problems related to greed. Uffelman, who counsels Millennials in the workplace through Align Leadership, observes young people and sees the effect these components have in their interactions with older colleagues and peers at work. 

Uffelman says companies looking to attract Millennials should market their work opportunities as relevant and meaningful rather than monetarily lucrative.

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Nonprofits in the region must redefine their community relevance for the Millennial generation as these young adults enter society with a completely different approach to giving.

According to Linda Jones, Vice President of Workplace Campaign for the United Way of Allegheny County, Millennials prefer to give consistently in small amounts as well as volunteer at the organizations they support. They also approach politics differently, rejecting polarized politics and increasingly registering as independents.

Friday Rundown: The Millennial Generation in Pittsburgh

Feb 27, 2014
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This program airs Friday February 28, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

As the bulk of Pittsburgh's Baby Boomer population begins to retire, what does our future workforce and economy look like? What are the political issues that will be most important to our communities? And how will they be addressed by the next generation? Listen to an hour long broadcast devoted to the influence of the Millennial generation in Pittsburgh.

A New Intern's Guide to Professional Wear

Feb 25, 2014
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With the spring semester underway, many Pittsburgh college students are involved with internships. The transition from a closet full of T-shirts and yoga pants can be a hard one, so here are a few tips to start putting together a professional wardrobe.

1. Professional clothes can be expensive, so shop around.

Councilman Dan Gilman on Being a Millennial in Pittsburgh

Feb 21, 2014
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Councilman Dan Gilman is no stranger to Pittsburgh City Council.

From his college days as an intern, to his 10-year stint as chief of staff for now-Mayor Bill Peduto, Gilman is familiar with the city’s political atmosphere.

Now serving the residents of District 8, he is one of the council's youngest members.

Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh's Millennial Generation: