NextGeneration Fellows

Shakirah Stephens

Shakirah enjoys all things creative. She’s an actor, a writer for radio and worked as a Leader in Training for the Pittsburgh Project. Shakirah has a degree in radio, film and television from Howard University and is enthusiastic about learning the skills it takes to become a documentary filmmaker. Originally from Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, she is looking forward to bringing the insights and knowledge learned from friends and family, to her work as a Next Generation Fellow.

Shakirah's Video Profile

William Gandy

Willy James, as he’s known, is a proud product of Pittsburgh’s North Side. Rarely seen without camera and tripod, he has shot, edited and produced several mini-docs focusing on the city’s one-of-a-kind personality. Check out his YouTube for films from his North Side series. William has produced video and web pieces for several local non-profit organizations is excited to bring his own unique outlook to his work as a Next Generation Fellow.

Photo by Peter Leeman for The Sprout Fund

Willy's Video Profile

The Next Generation Fellows Project is made possible by a grant from the PCTV Programming Trust.