Kezia L. Ellison’s founding of Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS, Inc. has led to widespread awareness and prevention education in the City of Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. Kezia's efforts have increased support for programs that help decrease the HIV/AIDS epidemic by informing teens about this deadly disease and reminding them that it is 100% preventable. By encouraging awareness, more young people are learning how to protect themselves and are reaching out to educate others.
Daniel Denlinger is very active in his church, school and community. He completed this summer's Youth Civic Leadership Academy and continues to work on community clean-up projects as well as activities at his church. Daniel was the facilitator of the Homewood Love Your Block project in 2012 and is an excellent role model for all of Pittsburgh's young residents.
Dray Cottingham uses his experience and passion for music, theater and dance to encourage inner-city youth to find their voice and speak out against injustice. As the founder of his own theater group, My Brother’s Keeper, Dray writes, produces and directs each production and donates half of the proceeds to a local youth-serving non-profit. Thanks to his hard work and passion, students across the City have the opportunity to use the arts to express their emotions.
William Yasha Bresolve, Melanie Fetsko, Maur'Shea Morgan and Alonae Phillips were awarded Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Youth Spotlight Award for participation in the Civic Leaf Academy.
The Civic L.E.A.F. Academy engages Pittsburgh's young residents in sustainability practices and introduces them to career opportunities in the related fields. During this summer's inaugural class, students met with the City's sustainability experts, learned about urban agriculture and gained a greater understanding of the impacts that sustainability and urban agriculture have on the social and economic development of a city. Together, they created a guide - called the LEAFlet - to help other local young residents become leaders for an environmentally alternative future.
The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy has received Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Youth Spotlight Award.
In 2010 the Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Services, a clinical education experience was created that has introduced first and fourth year professional pharmacy students to providing health services to underserved city residents. Student pharmacists have provided educational programs to churches, senior citizens high rises, community centers and homeless veterans on diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, hypercholestemia to increase health literacy.
Eric Junstrom’s work with the Pittsburgh East Rotary Club provides social media presence for the organization, helping to raise funds and update technology. As a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Eric goes above and beyond to spend time with his little, while encouraging young professionals to get involved and support great causes throughout the City.
Derek Green is a young businessman working to not only create jobs, but to transform Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. As the owner of Three Rivers ReDevelopment, Derek works to improve neighborhoods and increase homeownership by remodeling old, boarded-up homes and selling them to low- and middle-income families. Derek is also the owner of StashTheTrash.org, which has eliminated many illegal dumpsites and taught more than 1,000 young people the importance of keeping communities clean.
Kristina Elias is a mentor through the Be a 6th Grade Mentor Program and because of her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters she has helped the organization raise money and create awareness for a great cause. Kristina not only finds time to help those in her community by holding dance-related fundraisers, she also works fulltime and attends Duquesne University to complete a master’s program.
The BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring America's youth to do meaningful volunteer work. Over 35 teens, ages 14-17, from across the United States will spend two days doing community service work in the City of Pittsburgh. The teens will volunteer with Tree Pittsburgh at East Liberty Boulevard and North Euclid Avenue,and with Tranquil Trail at Frick Park.