On January 25th The BYP Media team hosted a Karaoke night in the Braddock Community Center. The event had people coming and going showing off their singing skills! Artists being imitated ranged from Alicia Keys to Michael Jackson to The Beatles, and everything in between. Won’t you join us next time?
The BYP has been the focus of recent articles for The New People, Pop-City Media, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Braddock Youth Project
Pg. 8 - Braddock Carnegie Library organizing a neighborhood print shop
Braddock Community Cafe
Youth developed BCC offers locally grown food
Community cafe opens in Braddock
Feel free to read other articles on The BYP’s full list of press here.
With the new year approaching, we here at The Braddock Youth Project felt it a good time to look back and reflect on all that was accomplished, left unfinished, and will soon require attention! With your support over these past 6 years we have been put on a path to sustain the influence of The BYP for years to come. In June we had a 100% completion and graduation rate for our 7 senior school-year youth.
After all that we’ve accomplished this year it’s hard to pick a few “highlights”. Each seed planted, article written and child mentored helps strengthen our community and our youth and we thank you for supporting us over the last six years. Here are a few things we have done together this year:
Opening of the Braddock Community Cafe
The Braddock Community Cafe!
2nd Annual Collar Greens Cook-Off and Halloween Party
Created BYP Gear, our t-shirt and printing company
Teamed up with GASP and the PITT School of Public Health for air quality research
BYP youth, enjoying the city views, at the lab site adjacent to the
Hot Metal Bridge
Shot, edited and screened a documentary called “Voices of Braddock“
Monica and Dario Soto, BYP Alumni
There are so many things we would like to accomplish in the coming years and you can help us by making a secure donation today. Thanks and have a happy new years!
Yesterday (12/11), BYP youth presented the results of a pilot air quality study they conducted, in partnership with PhD students, Sara Gillooly and Leah Cambal, and professors, Kyra Shields and Jill Kreisky, from Pitt’s School of Public Health. The study’s purpose was to determine whether or not tree leaves can be used to measure pollutants in the air. Leaves were collected and analyzed, and the results were compared with those collected by traditional air quality monitors, which were installed on telephone poles near the selected sample of trees.
BYP youth met several times with the Pitt faculty and students prior to the start of the study, aided in the leaf collection part of the research, visited the air quality lab where analysis is done, and planned this community meeting to share results with members of the Braddock community.
Preliminary results have shown that using leaves to monitor air quality is a valid method. Further steps include selecting additional sample sites in the Braddock area. Leaves allow for samples to be taken from more places that are close to ground level (where we breath) versus on top of buildings (where monitors are usually installed).
The community meeting was held in the soon-to-open Braddock Community Cafe, on the lower floor of the Braddock Community Center (416 Library Street).
Robert Grey presents to Braddock residents
On Tuesday, November 20, the BYP celebrated Thanksgiving. Youth, staff, and alumni were in attendance. The gardeners designed a menu and prepared the meal of corn on the cob, green bean casserole, baked potatoes with toppings, stuffed cabbage, and Robert Grey’s famous pineapple collard greens.
“I like having days at work when we get to eat,” Kenez Singleton said.
Dee Betton agreed, “I liked it. It was a good opportunity for everyone to get together. I was just upset I didn’t get any mashed potatoes.”
We have learned that next time, we will boil the potatoes before anything else! Every time we cook, we learn something new. The time spent together around the table enjoying good food is just a bonus!