“Love Letter to the Education System” — A Rant Poem

IMG_1662By Serena Zets- 11th Grade, Pittsburgh CAPA

This is for the teenagers whose brilliance is stifled
by our outdated and unfocused education system.
An institution whose resources and budget are frustrated and regurgitate between sterile schools.
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Presidential Candidates Can’t Ignore Criminal Justice Reform

IMG_1662By Serena Zets- 11th Grade, Pittsburgh CAPA

On one side of the aisle, a presidential candidate is preaching to "make America great again" and on the other, we hear that "love trumps hate". How can these promises hold true when America was never great and is built on systematic hatred? Read more [...]

Treasure Lake is a Hidden Treasure

IMG_1662By Serena Zets- 11th Grade, Pittsburgh CAPA

I never thought that a tiny mountain town in central Pennsylvania would change my life, but the town of Dubois did just that. Due to their conservative politics and laidback way of life, this urban liberal stuck out like a sore thumb -- coincidentally hitchhikers and their literal sore thumbs weren't uncommon here. Read more [...]

Molly’s Trollies

IMG_2946By Kayla Lubert-11th Grade, Hampton High School

Molly’s Trolleys is a way to explore Pittsburgh like you never had before. Being a Pittsburgher, I went on the trolley thinking there would be no impressing me because I have seen and known about all the places here in the city.   Read more [...]

Sweet (Summer) Sixteen

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By Samson Afolabi-11th Grade, Trinity Christian School

If you live in Pittsburgh and listen closely to what is happening, then you have probably heard of Summer 16 -- and I am not talking about Drake. The Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, initiated a summer program called Summer 16: Dream! Explore! Do! which was designed to get the youth of Pittsburgh more active and do more activities during the summer. Read more [...]

Strong Women Strong Girls

IMG_1584By Madison Arnette-10th Grade, Franklin Regional High School

An organization called Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) had its award ceremony on Friday, August 19, 2016. The purpose of the event is to enhance women and girls and showcase their great work. Read more [...]

Days at Seton Hill University

IMG_1634By Sienna Rodriguez-12 Grade, Pa Distance Cyber Charter School    

The day where a parent’s child moves out of the home and into a college dorm is filled with melancholy. For the most part it is bittersweet. Seeing your child strive to achieve a higher education is always a rewarding experience. Read more [...]

Spreading Sunshine with Tropical Smoothies

Emma-Use This OneBy Emma Paulini- 12th Grade, Fox Chapel Area High School

“Eat better. Feel better.” Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s motto could also include, “Help make the lives of others better,” because of their contributions to the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families.   Read more [...]

Summer Engineering Institute: An Unforgettable Experience

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By Stephanie Wang - 12th Grade, Peters Township High School

“The first week will drag, but the other three weeks will be over in a flash.” I was told this on one of the first days of the Summer Engineering Institute (SEI), a 4 week program hosted at Lehigh University designed to introduce students to the disciplines of engineering. Looking back now, I can affirm that statement to be completely true. Read more [...]

YUIR Makes a Difference in Teens’ Lives and the Community

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By Serena Zets- 11th Grade, Pittsburgh CAPA

YUIR (Youth Undoing Institutional Racism) might be the most productive Pittsburgh activist coalition that you haven't heard of, but they're trying to change that through their newest campaign and advocacy work. Read more [...]