Inclined to Care: Lifting the Alleghenies to New Heights, 2015


In Summer 2015, 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 FileDigging Deeper into Farmers Markets – Based on interviews with vendors at Farmers Markets in Bedford and Johnstown

Download Audio FileWomen Leaders in Cambria County – Based on interviews with Rose Lucey-Noll (Executive Director, CamTran), Leah Spangler (Entrepreneur and CEO, The Learning Lamp), Judge Linda Fleming, Karen Fugini (Cambria County District Attorney’s Office), Dr. D’Arcy Duke (Conemaugh Health System), and Diane Chesnutwood (Concurrent Technologies Corporation)

Download Audio FileTranquility Gardens – Based on interviews with Steve Purich (founder) and Tresa L. McVicker, Ph.D. (guide)

Download Audio FileMental Health Advocacy: Advocating for Mental Health Awareness and Eradication of Associated Stigmas – Based on interviews with Rachel Allen (Yoga Song), Maryann George (Peer Empowerment Network) and John Wetzel (Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)



Students reflect on their Summer 2015 internship experiences below.

Download Audio FileDavid Saylor (Conemaugh Township Area High, ’15)

Download Audio FileHayden Spangler (Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse, ’15)

Download Audio FileJoshua Wagner (Bedford High, ’15)

Download Audio FileKate McGrath (Bishop McCort High, ’15)

Download Audio FileKylee Farabaugh (Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, ’15)

Download Audio FileLeah Sprock (Conemaugh Township Area High, ’15)

Download Audio FileMikita Hill-Cashaw (Greater Johnstown High, ’15)

Download Audio FileTabitha Weaver (Windber Area High, ’15)

Download Audio FileMikella Buncich, Sr. Intern, (Duquesne University, ’18)

Download Audio FileRyan King, Sr. Intern, (Chapman University, ’18)


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

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