YNGBLKPGH and PublicSource mentorship event

#YNGBLKPGH’s ambassadors wrote letters directly to the young ladies who participated in the PublicSource “I am a black girl and…” project. These messages planted seeds of encouragement, empowerment and hope in youth who have openly spoken about the many challenges of being black girls in a region that struggles with diversity and readily visible examples of African-American excellence.

The girls will have the opportunity to meet their mentors during this special event, which is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

“The visibility of role models for our young people is essential, especially in a city like Pittsburgh in which African Americans face many disparities including economic, health and overall quality-of-life inequities,” said Brian Burley the book’s author and community activist.

PublicSource’s “I am a black girl and…” project explores the intersecting identities of black girls and serves as a platform for the girls to tell their stories about how they feel they are perceived and treated, what their hopes and fears are and what they think would better their lives.

“The girls who wrote for PublicSource or spoke to a reporter were brave enough to share intimate experiences and turning points in their lives,” said Halle Stockton, managing editor at PublicSource. “To hear from a successful adult who has experienced something similar and to see where they are now, we hope that will inspire the girls to continue sharing and think positively about their futures.”

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Evening with Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction

A limited number of free tickets have been made possible through a partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If you are unable to attend the lecture for financial reasons, please contact to receive a promotional code.

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We've got two new Citizen Toolkit classes for you!

Fake News: In today's world of increasingly partisan and vitriolic politics, the words "fake news" get thrown around a lot. But what does that mean? What is fake news and where does it come from? Who creates it and how does it spread? How can you know what you're hearing and reading is accurate and true? This class will take you inside the wild, devious world of fake news and give you the tools you need to fight it.

When: Thursday Aug. 10, 2017, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Beechview 1910 Broadway Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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How to tell your story: Is my story news? Can my voice make a difference? The answer is yes. Pittsburghers of all walks of life have a story to tell. Our stories make our city and help build a stronger community. Freelance journalist/storyteller Brittany Hailer will give tips on how to effectively write your own story or opinion. If you have a story to tell, come learn how to get your words on the page and how to get those pages out to the public.

When: Saturday Aug. 26, 2017, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 612 Smithfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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