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Connecting, Inspiring, Leading: Youth Took the Stage with Thriving Energy!

The 2024 Youth Thriving Summit proved to be a catalyst and convener for youth from across the region to come together and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Spanning topics ranging from Addressing Gun Violence, Eradicating Hate, and Climate Change, hundreds of young people connected that day through meaningful conversations and youth-led discussion groups fostering inclusion, empowerment, and advocacy.

The student group presentations moved youth and adults alike with their overflowing spirit of resiliency, collective empowerment, and visionary leadership.
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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 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.

With Thanks to Our Sponsors

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. We’re incredibly grateful for their commitment to youth mental health, thriving, and equitable access for all students which embodies the spirit of community and enables us to provide this free school field trip event for middle and high school students across Allegheny County.

The Heinz EndowmentsShear Family Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, University of Pittsburgh Educational Outreach CenterJewish Healthcare FoundationUPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Department of Adolescent & Young Adult Health, UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion, The Forbes Funds, and the PA Youth Advocacy Network.