Special Initiatives

Leah Baker Fowler, with her mother, Tia Baker, holds the first-place trophy she won for baking at the Taste O’ Da Burgh competition. (Photo by Jacquelyn McDonald)
Leah Baker Fowler, with her mother, Tia Baker, holds the first-place trophy she won for baking at the Taste O’ Da Burgh competition. (Photo by Jacquelyn McDonald)

Generation NEXT

Media images of African-American youth are often associated with violence, crime, and poverty. Unfortunately, these images shape public perception that Black youth are disproportionately engaged in negative behavior. More importantly, these images may negatively impact self-perception through anger, embarrassment, and frustration among youth who believe that their efforts to live productive lives go unrecognized.

McAuley Ministries has partnered with the New Pittsburgh Courier to tell the stories of Generation NEXT – African-American youth, many of whom are achieving against systems that support racial profiling, educational disparities, and income equality. These youth are soaring above these challenges. We believe that it is important to tell their stories.

We welcome community members to suggest a young person to feature in this monthly column. Criteria include:

  • Youth and young adults, ages 12-23.
  • Documented evidence of leadership or achievement in community service/volunteerism; leadership or achievement in their classroom/school; creativity as an artist, musician, dancer or filmmaker; success as an entrepreneur; leadership in advocating for social justice and equity; and/or achievement in corporate or nonprofit arenas.
  • A resident of Allegheny County.

To suggest a youth for this feature, please email GENNEXT@pittsburghmercy.org.