Five community leaders were honored as the Schenley Heights Community Development Program celebrated its 15th anniversary, ,Sept. 23, at the Twentieth Century Club, Bigelow Boulevard. The theme was “Celebrating 15 Years of Hope.” It was an evening of inspiration, recognition, celebration and entertainment.
The mistress of ceremonies was Lynne Hayes-Freeland, KDKA-TV, and the keynote speaker was Robert Hill, vice chancellor of Public Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.
Hill’s topic was ending segregation. He stated that we appear to be powerless to end the segregation in housing, de facto segregation in the schools, which leads to many talented young people trapped in ghetto neighborhoods and poor schools. He stressed that we must find a way to either desegregate these neighborhoods and schools or improve the schools by providing more opportunities to our young people.
Honorary chairs were W. Dwight and Glenda Mayo, CEO, Transportation Solutions and Helen Faison, director of the Pittsburgh Teachers Institute. Entertainment was provided by the Shona Sharif African Dance Drum Ensemble.
The honorees were Charles Burke, chairman, Grable Foundation; Mary Jane Page, a former school administrator, founder, A-STEP; Pastor Craig Barnes, Shadyside Presbyterian Church and Glenda and Dwight W. Mayo, Transportation Solutions; and Dr. Helen Faison, director, Pittsburgh Teachers Institute.
The Schenley Heights Community Development Program was established in 1995 to provide an alternative to crime and other socially destructive activities that. The organization’s target population is the city’s urban youth, most of whom live in the Hill District. Through a variety of successful programs, more than 350 participants ages 3-18 and their families are exposed to various activities that promote academics as well as activities that encourage behavioral and physical wellness.
(For more information visit www.shcdp.org.)