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COMMITTEE MEMBERS—From left: Rick Southers, Ani Martinez, Jamillia Kamara, Aster Teclay, Jay Oriola, Aerion Abney and Devyn Swain.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS—From left: Rick Southers, Ani Martinez, Jamillia Kamara, Aster Teclay, Jay Oriola, Aerion Abney and Devyn Swain.

Internationally Smart Is Cool presented Pittsburgh’s first “Smart Summit” at the Union Project, located at 801 N. Negley Ave., in East Liberty.

The community organization partnered with the Union Project and Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School for the event.

“At Smart Is Cool, we define a Smart as a skill, interest or hobby used to build communities.” said Executive Director Jamillia Kamara. “The goal of the Smart Summit is to spark meaningful dialogue about the intersection of asset based learning and career pathways. These conversations are specifically important as we work towards making space for students who do not fit the traditional definition of intelligence.”

The event featured a morning of standards aligned workshops for Thea Bowman’s 6-8th grade students in exchange for an excused absence from school. Each workshop explored how students can use their “Smart” to excel academically and make an impact on their local neighborhoods.

Dream Cream Ice Cream CEO Thomas Jamison delivered an inspirational keynote address for attendees.

The mission of Internationally Smart Is Cool is to redefine the culture of achievement in underserved communities around the world.

(To learn more, visit http://www.smartiscool.org or connect with the team on social media @SmartIsCoolOrg.)

 

 

 

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