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Osai, Esohe R. and Scott, Khirsten L. and Tharp-Gilliam, Shannah (2020) Homewood Youth Engagement. In: Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, March 3, 2020, William Pitt Union.

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This session highlights youth-engaged praxis related to three after-school programs operating through the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center in Homewood. “Justice Scholars Studio: Creating a Better World ON Purpose” highlights a studio space where 11th- and 12th grade Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy students explore and analyze justice-related issues affecting their individual lives, their school, the community, and the broader world. This portion of the session introduces the purpose story exercise and highlights strategies that students use to advocate for justice in their communities.

“H.Y.P.E. (Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged) Media: Critical Youth Literacies in Homewood” details a critical literacy, digital humanities project in which 9th- and 10th-grade Westinghouse Academy students who are members of the Homewood Children’s Village (HCV) Scholar Project develop media projects that challenge existing narratives about the neighborhood through a youth-centered lens. This portion will discuss the project’s design and management, fostering community partnerships, and critical reflections from facilitators. The HCV Youth Data Corps helps to build critical thinking and executive function skills in high school students.

Presenters will describe the youth program’s design and introduce attendees to some of the experiences that have helped to engage youth.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Osai, Esohe R.esohe.osai@pitt.eduesohe.osai0000-0003-2321-0708
Scott, Khirsten L.kscott.26@pitt.edukscott.26
Tharp-Gilliam, Shannah
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Community and Governmental Relations
Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of the Provost
Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Engagement and Community Affairs
Date: 3 March 2020
Date Type: Completion
Event Title: Community Engaged Scholarship Forum
Event Dates: March 3, 2020
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
Official URL:
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 20:27
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2022 20:12


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