A Celebration was held on Wednesday, June 15, at the Hill House Association, Hillman Auditorium, recognizing the first 14 Generation NEXT Candidates. Co-sponsors of this event were McAuley Ministries, BMe Community, and Mayor William Peduto as part of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
Mayor Peduto was on hand to read the proclamation from the City, shared his encouragement and congratulations to the honorees, and proclaimed Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Generation NEXT Day in the City of Pittsburgh.
McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation, embarked on this exciting initiative in early 2015 in an effort to help change the narrative and perception of how the Pittsburgh region views its African-American youth. They established a partnership with the New Pittsburgh Courier to tell the stories of Generation NEXT – African American youth, ages 11-22, who are achieving in the classroom, volunteering in their community, starting businesses and coming entrepreneurs, creating art, and advocating for social justice.