WQED’s NextGeneration Fellowship training program seeks to enhance the skill set of college students and community media makers by providing actual working experience for emerging creators. Four individuals per year will participate in the training program. Fellows will learn about the editorial process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing their own productions. Each year, WQED will focus on one city of Pittsburgh neighborhood. In 2017, WQED and its Fellows will focus on Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood.
Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center
Located in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) has been around for more than 25 years, providing Allegheny County residents access to tools needed to gain employment. NextGeneration Fellow Raven Cordice explains the mission of the organization, and how it’s changing lives.
Garfield Night Market
Friday nights in Garfield will never be the same ... all thanks to the Garfield Night Market. The monthly event, which runs from May through September, showcases local vendors and gives the community a fun activity to look forward to during the summer. NextGeneration Fellows Raven Cordice and London Reese-Scaife have this look at what the market has to offer.
This name says it all! The Local 412 is a hip-hop art gallery located on Penn Avenue in Garfield. It serves as a gathering spot, as well as a way for local artists to show off their talents. NextGeneration Fellows Raven Cordice and London Reese-Scaife have more on the mission behind this neighborhood hot spot.
Refresh Pgh is a sneaker restoration and consignment shop located on Penn Avenue in Garfield. The business is located in a section of the city that has seen plenty of redevelopment in recent years. NextGeneration Fellow Kevin McCoy talks to the owners about their connection to Garfield and the changes they see taking place.
In 1996, Randy Gilson took out a bank loan to buy some abandoned property on the North Side. Using only his tip money from his job as a server, and the help of his friends and neighbors, he transformed the space into what is now known as “Randyland” - a bright oasis on the corner of Arch St. and Jacksonia Way. See what makes Randy tick and hear what the neighbors think in a segment from NextGeneration Fellow Andrew Klein.
Bistro to Go
Bistro to Go is a popular neighborhood restaurant on the busy stretch of East Ohio Street on Pittsburgh's North Side. To customers, it's a great place to grab a salad and a sandwich. But to the North Side community, it's more than a restaurant. And to owner Nikki Heckman, it's more than a business. NextGeneration Fellow James Hill explains how a strong sense of family and community make this place so special.
Guiding girls into womanhood; that is the mission of Gwen's Girls. The North Side organization was established in 2002 by the city of Pittsburgh’s first female police sergeant, Gwen Elliott. Ms. Elliott saw the challenges many young girls faced and she wanted to make a difference. NextGeneration Fellow Alexis Adams has the story.
They are well-known in the Garfield community, and throughout the entire city. The Garfield Gators football program is one of the most successful in the region. The program was founded in 1993, and since then has helped hundreds of children ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old. NextGeneration Fellow Kevin McCoy takes us to the sidelines for a behind-the-scenes look at the program and the volunteer coaches who make it work.