FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, AUGUST 2017: Talented and young African-American professionals from Pittsburgh featured in the book “#YNGBLKPGH: Rewriting our Future, One Letter at a Time” will mentor young women who were involved in the “I am a black girl and…” project created by PublicSource.
#YNGBLKPGH’s ambassadors wrote letters directly to the young ladies who participated in the PublicSource 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 lacks readily visible examples of African-American excellence.
The girls will also have the opportunity to meet their mentors during a special event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Repair the World in East Liberty. The 5-7 p.m. event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at publicsource.org/psevents.
“Being role models to young people is extremely important, 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 who added, “YNGBLKPGH is more than a coffee table book, but a call to action mobilizing not only the 140 ambassadors featured within it to be civically engaged and pour into our young people, but also our entire community.”
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. [blackgirlspgh.publicsource.org]
“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.”
This event could not be possible without the support of the FISA Foundation. For more information about #YNGBLKPGH, please visit YNGBLKPGH.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 412-387-7249.
ABOUT BRIAN BURLEY: Brian Burley, author of “#YNGBLKPGH: Rewriting our Future, One Letter at a Time,” is a native son of Pittsburgh and a proud PPS alumnus representing Schenley High School. Brian is an MBA graduate from Katz School of Business – University of Pittsburgh. He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehead State University in which he was a student-athlete. Brian is a dedicated mentor with the 100 Black Men of Western PA’s program. In addition, he was named a 2015 BMe Community Leader for his many civic and philanthropic contributions. #YNGBLKPGH represents Brian’s vision and determination to show young African-American youth, many of whom have barriers to opportunity, that role models do exist much closer to home than they think. #YNGBLKPGH has been seen in WHIRL Magazine, CBS, NBC and the New Pittsburgh Courier. YNGBLKPGH.com.
ABOUT PUBLICSOURCE: PublicSource is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, digital-first media organization dedicated to serving Pittsburgh and the region by providing public-service reporting and analysis, convening communities of shared interests, and connecting civically engaged citizens with local decision-makers. http://publicsource.org/