In The Spotlight Archive

Meeting with the Sustainability grantees during the strategic review. Photo by Joshua Franzos Meeting with the Sustainability grantees during the strategic review. Photo by Joshua Franzos Meeting with the Sustainability grantees during the strategic review. Photo by Joshua Franzos


After nearly a decade of profiling our grantees in the website feature, “In the Spotlight,” we are ending this series as we pursue new ways to highlight their work. But the many stories we collected are still available in our archives below.

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10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Established 12 years ago to cultivate a statewide voice on land-use issues, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is an alliance of organizations and individuals who are committed to land-use policies and actions that reduce sprawl and strengthen the state’s diverse urban, suburban and rural communities. The nonprofit promotes development that will support the social and economic viability of Pennsylvania's cities and towns, protect environmental quality, conserve fiscal resources, and preserve rural and heritage resources. With headquarters in Philadelphia and offices in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, 10,000 Friends’ efforts include advocating for specific legislative initiatives; supporting quality housing, transportation and infrastructure development; advancing conservation of rural, heritage and natural resources; and establishing communication and education programs around the state that focus on these issues.

100 Black Men of Western PA

The 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania’s mission to improve the quality of life and to enhance educational opportunities for African Americans and minorities includes a special emphasis on young African American males. Of the 37 students participating in its programming this year, 29 are male. The organization’s mentoring initiative was established in 1991 and has provided educational and life skills support to more than 500 students, with 90 percent of the participants going on to post-secondary institutions. The "100" offers a series of activities that focus on education, health and wellness, economic development and financial literacy, networking, technology and culture. It is an affiliate of 100 Black Men of America Inc., which has more than 116 chapters with a total membership that exceeds 10,000 men who are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities and offering youth development and mentoring opportunities annually to more than 100,000 students.

1Hood Media

1Hood is a nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching students about media literacy and perception while helping them develop their skills as artists.

A+ Schools

A+ Schools shares the community’s concerns about the quality of education and equity in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The nonprofit serves as a resource and catalyst for change, collecting and distributing critical information and providing specific ways for the community to help make the city’s schools great. TeenBloc and Parent Nation are two programs that A+ Schools has initiated that empower both teens and parents to help create positive change.

ACH Clear Pathways

Created in memory of the founder’s late son, Amon Cashmere Harris, ACH Clear Pathways provides arts education and programming to underprivileged children who have not had those opportunities. The classes and workshops are offered at no cost to the students or their families in order to give more individuals access to the programs. The organization’s areas of focus are dance, martial arts, visual arts, digital photography, moral and ethical reflection, civility and manners. ACH’ goal is to play an ongoing and critical role in the economic, artistic and spiritual renaissance of the Hill District. The organization believes that through commitment and personal development, the children’s artistic expression will enhance each participant’s inter-personal relationships, physical prosperity and spirituality.

Adonai Center for Black Males

The Adonai Center for Black Males is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit serving black and economically underprivileged young men ages 14 to 24. Since 2009, founder Kevin Carter and his staff have been focused on the social, educational and economic conditions that this group faces and have worked to find solutions to develop leaders and productive citizens in the Pittsburgh region.

Alia Musica

One of Pittsburgh’s leading new-music ensembles, Alia Musica was founded in 2007 by a group of musicians and composers who wanted to bring contemporary chamber music to Pittsburgh. With collaborations and performances internationally and throughout the U.S., the ensemble is recognized as one of the leaders in contemporary music in the region.