Pittsburgh Youth Media from Consortium for Public Ed is an intensive youth journalism project that engages high school students in globally focused, investigative journalism and innovative media making.  The newly-trained young reporters will cover the 2012 One Young World Summit, an international youth summit that attracts participants from all around the world to discuss the most pressing global issues.

42 students from 25 different high schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area including East Allegheny, Fox Chapel, McKeesport, Pittsburgh Obama Academy, North Allegheny, The Ellis School, and Cornell High School gathered on October 4th and 5th, 2012 for a two-day Boot Camp to prepare for the upcoming 2012 One Young World Summit, which will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from October 18-22.  One Youth Reporter, Breanna Carse, a junior at Upper St. Clair, said of the Summit, “it’s an awesome opportunity to meet people from different countries without even leaving the city.”  Carse, like many of her peers, consider the Youth Reporters a gateway to delve deeper into foreign policy and international issues, exploring interests like human rights, STEM research in the developing world, and engineering efficient and stable infrastructure for natural disaster prone countries.  Wynonna Rinkacs, a senior at Oakland Catholic, said she felt lucky to have the “whole media community in Pittsburgh come together” to make the Youth Reporters possible.

Their work from the Boot Camp and upcoming reporting from the Summit can be viewed at www.pghyouthmedia.com.