Pilot Air Quality Study

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 Presenting

Robert Grey presents to Braddock residents

Thanksgiving at The BYP!

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!


2nd Annual Collard Greens Cook-Off!

On November 4th The Braddock Youth Project hosted their Second Annual Collard Greens Cook-Off.  Overall there were 13 cooks vying for the votes of more than 100 visitors. The event was a rousing success. BYP would like to especially thank all of the work that our garden team took upon themselves in preparing the side dishes for the event as well as the youth who gave up their free time on a Sunday to help out!

The event would not have been nearly as successful if The BYP didn’t have such great donors. We want to give special thanks and consideration to:

The Pittsburgh Opera

The Carnegie Museum

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The Andy Warhol Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Society for Contemporary Craft

Phipps Conservatory

Yokoso Japanese Steakhouse



KLN Photography


Vitamin World

The Greater Pittsburgh Church of Christ Single’s Ministry

Braddock Hills Giant Eagle

Braddock Redux

The Collards Cook-Off also gave the public their first chance to sample some of the great food that the soon-to-be-open Braddock Community Café will be serving. Sabrina Hykes, the café manager, was on hand making fruit smoothies, coffee, hot apple cider, and soup! To set up catering for your organization please contact Sabrina at braddockcafe@gmail.com

The winners of the Cook-Off were:

$250 – 1st Place – Piggy Greens, Kimmy Miller and Chris Ferry

$125 – 2nd Place – Sweet Sally’s Greens, Rachelle Mackson

$75 – 3rd Place – Milton’s Greens, James Milton

Braddock Halloween Party 2012

On October 31st the Nyia Page Community Center was transformed into the spookiest place in Braddock! Throughout the night more than 200 Braddock trick-or-treaters visited to strut their stuff and get some candy! The Braddock youth (and some brave parents!) came dressed in diverse costumes with all families enjoying the conversation and mingling with their fellow Braddock residents. The BYP Youth were particularly energetic and enthusiastic about the Halloween Party getting prepared and setting up the Community Center the day before. Braddock Redux sponsored the evening’s festivities.

Youth Participate in REPRESENT Screen Printing Studio

The Media Team and T-Shirt Team are participating in a screen printing course at the Braddock Carnegie Library. The 6-week class, titled REPRESENT will use research, visual, and linguistic examples to explore themes of self-perception, self-representation, historical representation, and neighborhood representation.

D’Ondre Kelly of the Media Team says that working in the print making studio, “makes me feel motivated and consider printmaking as part of my career.” In their most recent project the youth created prints using words that they felt represent their personalities.

In addition to exploring themes of representation, the youth are mastering the screen printing process, which involves pushing ink through a woven mesh screen onto a surface like paper. They will also use their screen printing skills toward creating t-shirts for sale by BYP.

BYP youth display prints from the REPRESENT series