It’s Cool To Care

girls2In Spring  2009, eighteen third, fourth and fifth graders from Pittsburgh Lincoln and Pittsburgh Stevens (Pittsburgh Public Schools) took part in It’s Cool to Care, a creative project designed to expose young girls to the career opportunities focused on helping others, tools for good decision-making, audio technology, and verbal literacy.

These students participated in a process during which they explored social issues through (1) a community meeting in which they determined and ranked issues that mattered to them, (2) research about organizations and people working to address these issues, and (3) a series of hands-on youth radio workshops that guided girls through the process of researching, writing and voicing Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to be broadcast on the radio.

Below are the 23 PSAs that these students produced during this project.

Download Audio FileAlexis: MADD [audio:]

Download Audio FileAlexis: PA Cleanways [audio:]

Download Audio FileBrittney: MADD [audio:]

Download Audio FileCatherine: Family Resources [audio:]

Download Audio FileCatherine: The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA [audio:]

girlsDownload Audio FileCatherine: YMCA [audio:]

Download Audio FileChantelle: Gwens Girls [audio:]

Download Audio FileDimira: Bethlehem Haven [audio:]

Download Audio FileDimira: Family Resources [audio:]

Download Audio FileDimira: PAEYC [audio: PAEYC.mp3]

Download Audio FileJamira: YMCA [audio:]

Download Audio FileJasmyn: Focus on Renewal [audio:]

Download Audio FileJasmyn: Just Harvest [audio:]

Download Audio FileKiona: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater PGH [audio:]

Download Audio FileKiona: Contact PGH [audio:]

Cool To CareDownload Audio FileLiberty: Humane Society of Western PA [audio:]

Download Audio FileQuinita: Child Watch of PGH [audio:]

Download Audio FileRionna: MADD [audio:]

Download Audio FileTatiana: Focus on Renewal [audio:]

Download Audio FileTiara: Construction Junction [audio:]

Download Audio FileTiara: PAEYC [audio:]

Download Audio FileTyra: Greater PGH Community Food Bank [audio:]

Download Audio FileZharia: Women’s Center and shelter of Greater PGH [audio:]

Special thanks to Lorraine DeFilippo, Kimberly Dixon and Sally Mole.

This project was made possible by a grant from Sarah Heinz House via The Heinz Endowments under its 2008 Summer Youth Philanthropy Program.

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