#PghYouthVision is a media campaign to share Pittsburgh youth’s perspectives and visions on the future of our city, region, and country. This project, supported by regional youth organizations and programs, will use creative media to drive civic engagement among youth, amplify the voices of young people, facilitate intergenerational grassroots organizing, and help shape policy. Pittsburgh area youth-serving organizations are invited to participate by engaging the media campaign hashtag #PGHYouthVision with their students during regularly scheduled out-of-school time program hours. The media created from this campaign can include written, visual or performative works addressing issues of justice and capturing the ideas of the students for a public audience.
Youth organizations will be invited to present at the culminating town hall meeting to occur on April 27, 2017 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in East Liberty. Youth organizations will be able to set up display tables with their campaign projects to be seen at the town hall meeting. The town hall will consist of a panel of youth, moderators, and an audience of parents, families, administrators, teachers, grassroots organizers, city planning, policy makers and reporters. The audience will leave with a physical handout of data and information collected from the youth campaign projects, which will give them an inside lens to the ideas, vision and personal stories shared by youth. A photographer will document and archive the panel and event. The platform this town hall will provide includes intergenerational and cross-industry networking, as well as an introduction to civic engagement for youth well before they are old enough to vote.