Inclined to Care: Lifting the Alleghenies to New Heights, 2014


In Summer 2014, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies welcomed ten students as Youth Philanthropy Interns. This 8-week program was made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments and is based on its long-running similar program in Pittsburgh. Throughout their internship, students assessed community needs and developed two funding opportunities for local non-profits to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to address these needs. In addition to their grantmaking, interns created these radio documentaries. 


Download Audio FileThe Heart of Bedford  Based on interviews with Elaine Housel (Elaine’s Wearable Art), Mike & Karla Amato (Bedford Banjo Shop), Nick & Sara Letzo (10/09 Kitchen), Tammy Wiley (Bedford Candies), Paul Sherlock (Bedford Springs Resort) and Tonya Grimes (Downtown Bedford Inc.). 

Download Audio FileMining for the Truth Based on interviews with Ron Corl (retired mine worker/owner), Robert Koval (Mountaineer Mining Corporation), Ronald L. Musser (Musser Engineering Incorporated), John Stefanko (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection), David Masur (Director for PennEnvironment) andValessa Souter-Kline (PennFuture).

Download Audio FileVoices of Poverty Based on interviews with Kimberly Robertson and Cindy O’Connor (Goodwill Industries), Brandi Anthony (Goodwill Getting Ahead Program), Melissa Kreutzberger (Catholic Charities) and Holly Beckner (Salvation Army).

Download Audio FileAdvocating Acceptance Based on interviews with Kasey Caron and Grace Edwards (Richland High Gay Straight Alliance), Joe Wilson (Director, “Out in the Silence”) and Jason Landau Goodman (Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition).


Students reflect on their Summer 2014 internship experiences below.

Download Audio File Kaitlyn Thomas, (Richland High, ’14)

Download Audio FileAbigail Paonessa, (Conemaugh Valley High, ’14)

Download Audio FileJonathan Skufca, (Greater Johnstown High, ’14)

Download Audio FileNathan Madison, (Forest Hills High, ’14)

Download Audio FileMikella Buncich, (Conemaugh Township Area High, ’14)

Download Audio FileElizabeth Stiffler, (Conemaugh Valley High, ’14)

Download Audio FileDan Klein, (Richland High, ’14)

Download Audio FileRyan King, (Bishop McCort High, ’14)

Download Audio FileAnthony Wagner, V, Sr. Intern, (Gettysburg College, ’17)

Download Audio FileKendra Slis, Sr. Intern, (Robert Morris University, ’17)

More information on Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is available at, or (814) 536-7741.

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