Spring 2017 News

Remaking in the Hilltop 

For the 2nd year in a row, UrbanKind is the Neighborhood Navigator for the Hilltop Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days is a chance to connect folks to a larger network of youth service providers in the South Hilltop neighborhoods. Between May 15th and May 23rd experience student films, new technology, arts workshops, outdoor learning and more!

For more details and a list of events in the Hilltop, please visit remakelearningdays.org/hilltop

Dr. Bey speaks about educational equity on WQED's THINK! Equity & Opportunity Panel​

On Thursday, April 6th, UrbanKind Executive Director Dr. Jamil Bey spoke on a televised panel discussion on WQED. He highlighted some of the inequities in our education system and the difficulties in remedying them. Watch the program here (Dr. Bey's portion begins at around 45 minutes).

Join us May 9th for Dinner and Discussion: Creating a Community Education Council ​

You are invited to join us for dinner and discussion around what resources are needed to better advocate for the youth. This community dialogue is instrumental to the planning of a community education council in the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. UrbanKind joined the efforts of Shadow Student Athlete Development Services and Duquesne University, School of Education. The first meeting will take place at St. Paul AME Church, 400 Orchard Place Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Dinner starts at 5:30pm, discussion promptly begins at 6:30pm. Childcare will be provided. R.S.V.P your attendance to beckd2@duq.edu.

Urban Ideas Worth Stealing Conference 

On May 10th, Dr. Bey spoke on a panel at the 2nd annual Urban Ideas Worth Stealing conference at the The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. He addressed how gentrification impacts communities. Click here for conference information.

On April 20th, UrbanKind Institute Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst Dr. Jason Beery spoke at the Green Building Alliance's Inspire Speaker Series. Planetwalker Dr. John Francis delivered the keynote lecture followed by a panel discussion featuring: Dr. Beery;  Kalif Ali, Director of Public Policy at The Pittsburgh Foundation; Joan Haley, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program; and Evaine Sing, Executive Director of GTECH. Echoing Dr. Francis, Dr. Beery emphasized the need to examine all issues as interconnected - that environmental justice cannot be separated from social and economic justice.

  • ​Jamil Bey, Director of the UrbanKind Institute
  • Brandi Fisher, President of the Alliance for Police Accountability
  • Gina Garcia, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tresa Murphy Green, community activist, organizer, artist and co-founder of Black Femme Excellence Co.
  • Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Center of Life and pastor of the Keystone Church of Hazelwood
  • Sarah Huny Young, creative director of Supreme Clientele Design Agency, visual artist and photographer

UrbanKind lead Leadership Pittsburgh participants on a tour of Knoxville & Beltzhoover

On April 6th, UrbanKind led nine Leadership Pittsburgh participants on a tour of Knoxville and Beltzhoover followed by a discussion about the neighborhoods' challenges and residents' hopes for the future.

Dr. Bey speaks on Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's panel "Press Forward: A Community Conversation About Media Coverage of Neighborhoods of Color" 

UrbanKind Executive Director Dr. Jamil Bey spoke on a panel as part of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's (PBMF) Media Diversity Series on Monday, April 17th. Hosted by PBMF Diversity Study Committee Chair Letrell Crittenden, panelists included:

Dr. Beery speaks at April's Inspire Speaker Series event: Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement with Dr. John Francis