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Kicking in the right direction

Yvetter Harrison discoves how a passion for kickball can driving positive change in Wilkinsburg and inspire others to reinvest in their neighborhood.

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Pittsburgh's Gen Z speaks out: From the Source season recap | S4, Ep. 12

Relive the voices of the future in the season finale of From the Source! Our Pittsburgh-area teen co-hosts have shared their perspectives on mental health, activism, immigration and more with humor and bravery throughout the season. With their unique and honest perspectives, our teen guests have left us with hope for the next generation. Tune in to the final episode of From the Source's first season to hear the teens speak their truth.

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How news and technology are influencing young minds | S4, Ep. 11

In this episode, we dive into the intersection of news and technology and how it’s shaping the awareness of teen culture. The minds behind this episode: young people who attended a journalism workshop co-hosted by PublicSource and Saturday Light Brigade Radio’s Youth Media Center in the North Side. From news access to reliability, we explore the impact of technology on news and the types of stories that become news. 

Tune in to hear from the next generation of journalists and critical thinkers on their perspectives of the role of media in society.

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A freshman founder takes us on an entrepreneurial journey of doubts and triumph | S4, Ep. 10

In a candid conversation, high school freshman Jazmiere Bates opens up about her experiences as an entrepreneur and the challenges she’s had to overcome to establish her brand. She shares her journey, including the inspiration and dedication that goes into building a successful business, and the importance of staying encouraged despite facing insecurity and doubts from others.

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Brandi’s antidote to teen gun violence | S4, Ep. 9

This week, McKeesport native Brandi Cox discusses her observations of what happens in a community when teen gun violence becomes the norm. Listen to what she is prepared to change in her school and city to save kids’ lives. 

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Inside Ja’Nya’s film lab: How a 10th grader is scripting her future, her way | S4, Ep. 8

In this conversation, Reach Cyber Charter School sophomore Ja’Nya Coleman discusses how she views the paths to career success outside of attending college post-graduation, and how virtual learning, mentors and bad TV shows helped her realize her passion for storytelling and find a creative community.

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This preteen is proud of her police officer dad, and also has ideas for better policing | S4, Ep. 7

In this episode of From the Source, Ambyr Clay discusses her experiences as a preteen coming of age in the era of police misconduct and protests captured on cell phone video and distributed widely on social media. Ambyr shares her observations on what her peers think about policing and the opportunity she sees for teens and police to have relationships that are beneficial to the community. 

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Teens fighting for a livable planet | S4, Ep. 6

In this episode, five Pittsburgh high school students from Girl Scout Troop 55286 discuss the uncomfortable truths about climate change and environmental justice activism for teens — and how their peers and parents can help raise awareness.

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From The Source is on holiday break

We’re taking a break to observe the holiday season, so there won’t be a new episode this week. We’re back Wednesday, January 4th

Next time on From The Source, scouts from troop 55286 share how they became teen climate activists, and why more teens aren’t engaged with environmental justice issues.

"We are the most affected by it, but we have the least say in it. We are not able to go into Congress and make laws. We are not able to vote, most of us. We're not able to put solar panels on our roofs. We are only able to have conversations and educate ourselves, and I feel like as we get older it's our responsibility to educate younger people."

Teens fighting for a livable planet, next time on From The Source.

Happy holidays, happy new year, stay safe, be well.

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Finding home: Exploring immigration through the teen experience | S4, Ep. 5

For some young people, an intercultural exchange is rare and there is little consideration of why they are who they are. But for teens who immigrated or whose immediate family immigrated, it can be a major cornerstone of their experience and identity. This week, we speak with Pittsburgh Allderdice High School senior Sam Alawadhi on the challenge and gifts of having intersecting identities — as a Yemeni and an American — and what he thinks about his peers’ understanding of the concept of culture.

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When teens and social media collide, what happens to self-image and worldviews?

In this conversation with Pittsburgh Allderdice senior Amaya Dorman, she discusses her observations of lifestyle content on social media; its effects on teens’ aspirations and values; and the challenges she faces to maintain her individuality.

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A high school senior’s perspective on how adults frame gender roles and talking with teens about sexual safety

Boys and girls, the birds and the bees, the double standards. In this conversation with Woodland Hills High School senior Tierra Bush, she discusses how she has viewed the differences of how boys and girls are groomed to behave and what that means within the larger context of sex, sexuality and sexual safety. Bush shares about the challenges of coming of age as a woman and the advice she has for parents and teens when discussing sexual safety.

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A freshman’s take on teen mental health 101, and spoiler, it’s not constant positivity

A sustainable future and the health and wellness of teens are inextricably linked. Since the pandemic, there’s been an increase in high school students feeling persistently sad or hopeless and a shortage in pediatric mental health providers. In this episode, Cayah Leavy, a high school freshman, walks us through her experiences with mental health, balancing the  stressors of her teenage life, and her advice to adults who want to connect with teens.

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A freshman’s take on teen mental health 101, and spoiler, it’s not constant positivity

A sustainable future and the health and wellness of teens are inextricably linked. Since the pandemic, there’s been an increase in high school students feeling persistently sad or hopeless and a shortage in pediatric mental health providers. In this episode, Cayah Leavy, a high school freshman, walks us through her experiences with mental health, balancing the  stressors of her teenage life, and her advice to adults who want to connect with teens.

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These teens are fighting to change the rhetoric and reality around youth violence in the Pittsburgh area | S4, Ep. 1

Young people have not been shielded from the spike of gun violence in the Pittsburgh area. They have been innocent bystanders, victims and the ones holding the guns. What’s at the root of this violence among teenagers and how is it affecting them? 

Jourdan Hicks, host of the From the Source podcast by PublicSource, speaks with two high school freshmen who are also youth ambassadors focused on bringing more understanding to discussions about youth violence and what can be done to stop its cycle.

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PA eased telehealth regulations during COVID

PublicSource explores telehealth access through a parity lens for mental and physical health needs.

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What do you know for sure? | Revisiting S3 personalities

In the third season of From the Source, we focused on the Pittsburgh barrier-breakers and their personal reflections on challenges, growth and achievement. We asked each and every one of them a question that yielded answers as diverse as their experiences: What do you know for sure? Listen back to all of their unique responses gathered here in this trip back into our season 3 episodes.

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Michael’s dilemma: When your work influences how your child sees the world

Michael Carroll is a social media marketer, producer and artist manager. In this episode of From the Source, Michael deconstructs popular media marketing tactics and how they add to the complexities of raising his teenage daughter. Can Michael protect her from what he’s creating? Listen to how Michael attempts to achieve work-life balance.

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Mark’s ‘magical Mindful Toolbox’ for kids

Mark Williams is the songwriter, artist and creator of the show, “Hello, Humans!” In this episode of From the Source, Mark talks about the steps he’s taking to inspire kids to be mindful  and how families can build mindful practices like meditation into their daily lives. 

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Ginny's work values, shaped by childhood responsibilities

Meet Ginny Nemchick. She’s an operations manager at a business incubator in East Liberty. In this episode of From the Source, Ginny talks about her work in the nonprofit space and how growing up the responsible sibling ties into the work values she stands by today.

 

 

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Damian’s approach to ‘whole body’ training

Meet Damian Addison, father, boxer and personal trainer. In this episode of From the Source, Damian talks about developing positive mental agility, the relationship between confidence and fitness, and what he knows to be true about transforming your life.

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Lena’s labor theory

Meet Lena Chen, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University as well as an artist and performer. In this episode of From the Source, Lena talks about breaking into the sex-pleasure industry; the relationship between intimacy, gender, and technology; and  what needs to be updated in how society thinks about what is “real work.”

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Nick’s community practice

In this episode of From the Source, you’ll meet Nick Ripley, who works in the North Side at the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation’s free legal aid clinic, which serves the LGBTQ+ community. Listen to what Nick has to say about how the legal system gaslights people with marginalized identities and what they know for sure about human rights, advocacy and service. 

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She’Cholle’s venture into manufacturing

She’Cholle Winmon works in additive manufacturing at  RE2 Robotics in Lawrenceville. From firsthand experience, She’Cholle shares how she successfully navigates the workforce development pipeline in Pittsburgh and what she knows for sure about changing careers.

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Priya’s vision for child care

In this episode of From the Source, you’ll meet Priya Amin, co-creator of the child care company Flexable. Priya talks about where the idea for Flexable came from and why it was so needed, the decision to close the company and what she knows for sure about the possibilities for innovation and child care in the future.

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Terry's pilgrimage to Pittsburgh

Introducing Terry Gibson: Ten years ago, religion and family pushed this Florida native to break ground in a new city he’d never visited. Listen to his description of Pittsburgh’s “unfiltered'' religious identity, takeaways from his time here and his wishes for the city’s future.

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Ehrrin’s return to school and going from gig work to career

In this episode of From the Source, we discuss the challenges Ehrrin Keenan is facing and has faced in reaching her goal of graduating college — again. As an adult learner, she shares her experience navigating systems, self-esteem and assignments.

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Karen's challenge to herself — and ultimately to you

Has someone ever said something to you that just stunk? It was biased, close-minded, perhaps straight-up hateful. Where did you dump the feelings associated with it? Karen Zellars reflects on her formative years in Pittsburgh, where there is a continuing legacy of misrepresentation and mistreatment of Black Pittsburghers like herself. Karen challenged what the outside world was telling her she was capable of to find her place in the workforce and community. 

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Season 2 Recap: How Do You Measure a Good Life?

In the second season of From the Source, we focused on quality-of-life issues. 

What do you need to live well?

How much? 

And at what cost?

Before we sign off and come back for Season 3 in the fall, here’s a recap of some of the Pittsburghers you met and the stories they brought to life this season.

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Lives left in caring hands?— A conversation with a palliative care social worker 

What information do you need to have in place for you to transition to the end of your life on your terms? Support and palliative care social worker Tanisha Bowman walks us through how to prepare and empower your loved ones to carry out your final wishes and how bias makes the situation even more difficult.

 

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