A crew of five 18 to 21 year olds who have spent the last eight weeks constructing trails in Pittsburgh's newest regional park, Emerald View Park, were honored with an invitation to speak at the Congressional Listening Tour of the Progressive Democrats of America and with a Proclamation sponsored by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith honoring their work at City Council.
These five young men are part of a cooperative effort between the Student Conservation Association, A. Philip Randolph Institute, GTECH Strategies, One Vision One Life, Environmental Planning & Design/Nature Shape and the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation to provide workforce development, work skills training, experiential learning, job placement and work experience for young adults residing in the City of Pittsburgh.
All five men graduated from the A. Phillip Randolph Foundation's six-week long "Breaking the Chains of Poverty" program where they earned a variety of OSHEA certifications.
They have each overcome personal struggles to complete the program and successfully entered, and maintained jobs in, this difficult job market.
Since May 16, the five men have been working to construct trails on the challenging terrain of Emerald View Park. Since then, they have, together, created more than a half mile of the park's signature trail, removed more than 40 tons of rock, debris and invasive plants; restored hillside vegetation; created erosion control devices and built retaining structures to fortify the trail.
The program is funded by the Pittsburgh Partnership / City of Pittsburgh Department of Personnel, Birmingham Foundation, and the Joella P. Bane Trust Fund through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee. Additional fundraising is underway, and donations for the Emerald View Trail Crew may be sent directly to the MWCDC, or be made through http://www.causes. com/campaigns/158292?cause_id=621611.
The crew received their proclamation on Tuesday, July 19 in Pittsburgh City