Inclined to Care: Lifting the Alleghenies to New Heights, 2016


IN SUMMER 2016, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies welcomed ten 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 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 the radio documentaries on this CD with training from SLB Radio Productions in Pittsburgh. SLB will air the features across its 10-station network.



Download Audio FileJohnstown’s Inclined Plane – Emily Brazill & Olivia Oravec, based on interviews with Josh Yoder (Cam-Tran) and Richard Burkert (Johnstown Area Heritage Association)

Download Audio FileRiver Rapture: Working Together to Restore the Stonycreek-Conemaugh Basin – J.T. Durica & Nick Yost, based on interviews with David Leiford (Pa. Department of Environment Protection), Len Lichvar (Stoneycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project), and Branden Diehl and John Dawes (both of The Foundation For Pennsylvania Watersheds)

Download Audio FileVision 2025: Building Up Johnstown – Megan Paonessa & Emily Sayler, based on interviews with Melissa Komar (City of Johnstown), Ryan Kieta, and Wally Burlack (Vision 2025)

Download Audio FileFlight 93 Through the Eyes of Somerset County – Marshal Engleka & Max Myers, based on interviews with Jim Brodrick (Pa. State Trooper), Run Buxton (Highland Tank), Adam Shaffer (Flight 93 National Park), and Henry Scully (Friends of Flight 93)

Download Audio FileBONUS TRACK: Senior Interns David & Kate (and this year’s eight interns) talk about the Summer 2016 program and how Class of 2017 high school graduates can apply to be a Youth Philanthropy Intern at the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies.


Students reflect on their Summer 2016 internship experiences below.

Download Audio FileEmily Brazill (Westmont Hilltop High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileJ.T. Durica (Bishop McCort High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileMarshal Engleka (Berlin Brothersvalley High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileMax Myers (Somerset Area High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileOlivia Oravec (Greater Johnstown High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileMegan Paonessa (Conemaugh Valley High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileEmily Sayler (Meyersdale Area High School, ’16)

Download Audio FileNick Yost (Conemaugh Valley High School, ‘16)

Download Audio FileKate McGrath (Sr. Intern, Penn State University, ‘19)

Download Audio FileDavid Saylor (Sr. Intern, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, ‘19)

Special thanks to all of the staff and board members of The Heinz Endowments and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies as well as the community members who provided support to the interns throughout the summer. More information on Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is available at, or (814) 536-7741.

The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the individual represented and do not necessarily reflect those of The Heinz Endowments, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, or any collaborating organization.

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