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Thanks to the Outstanding Young People, Our Sponsors, Partners and Allies, This Year’s Summit Exceeded Expectations!

“It was very enjoyable and the energy was amazing!”

“I love the way they made us feel included!”

Turnout for the 2024 Youth Thriving Summit was incredible! A total of 219 young people representing 26 different groups and schools attended. Among them, we welcomed four schools from Pittsburgh Public and ten from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Community groups, social services, government officials, and partners rounded-out our audience for a grand total of representation from 72 unique regional allies. This year’s summit marked a 61% increase in student attendance and a 54% rise in the number of groups participating compared to 2023.

Schools, students, and community partners are invited to bring ideas to the planning table for the 2025 Youth Thriving Summit. Use the button above to provide your contact information and our team will reach out to you with details on how to get involved..

With incredible thanks and immense gratitude, we’d like to recognize our event sponsors and the philanthropic leadership who truly made this year’s event possible! The Heinz EndowmentsShear Family FoundationThe Pittsburgh Foundation, University of Pittsburgh Educational Outreach CenterJewish Healthcare FoundationUPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Department of Adolescent & Young Adult HealthUPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion, The Forbes Funds, and the PA Youth Advocacy Network.

Below, Enjoy the Latest Listen & Learn Focusing on the TPS Policy & Place Committee and How They’re Building Community Resilience through a Neighborhood Approach for Collective Efficacy

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The Pittsburgh Study (TPS) is a collective impact initiative.  We collaborate across systems and disciplines, convening a variety of partners, organizations, and individuals to collectively promote child thriving and racial equity in our region.

TPS is not just one study. We’re made-up of multiple large and small research-informed, co-created interventions that span from pregnancy to adolescence to school-based and community-level programs.

The Pittsburgh Study is unique because we invite neighbors to be part of doing science together as Citizen Scientists.  We encourage deep involvement in all aspects of the science by serving as community co-leads and members of our scientific committees. We are committed to returning data to the people and communities who help to produce knowledge and to ensure that data are translated to action. We conduct research WITH community (not traditional approaches to research that has been done “to” or “on” communities).

We believe that community members are experts. Strengths, assets, resources, and wisdom are ever present in our neighborhoods and communities. We center community voices and expertise, and together, uplift innovative practices and local solutions.

We are accountable to research practices that promote reciprocity. We aim for equitable benefits for participants, our community, and academic scientists. We are accountable for shifting standards of equity within our networks of institutional partners. We are accountable to young people and their families. We seek to develop, model, and translate programs and practices which are anti-racist, healing-centered, and trauma-sensitive. In a word, we build toward a humanized Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.