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Great momentum towards regional collaboration, Dec. 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Phillips
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Last week, PUMP convened a diverse group of young leaders for our Public Policy Agenda in Action event at Carlow University. The goal of the event was to share PUMP’s Advocacy + Public Policy Agenda with local diverse young leaders, to identify and inspire opportunities to collaborate, and to build a coalition of people and organizations dedicated to making Pittsburgh the best place for everyone to live, work, and play.


We were so excited for the opportunity to bring together more than 60 diverse young leaders representing local nonprofit, for-profit and public sector organizations to work with each other on key issues that align with our community’s agenda.



The event provided a platform for all of us to discuss the opportunities and challenges we face in achieving our vision for Pittsburgh and brought new perspectives into our approach to advocacy work on these issues. We began the evening’s discussion by reflecting on the agenda as a whole in small groups, giving people an opportunity to meet one another and jump start the conversation. Next, we divided into groups based on the major issues we were working on as individuals and as organizations for a discussion on the specific ways that we could better collaborate and create a coalition in order to support and elevate each other’s work.


Attendees left with a better understanding of the work that PUMP does and stronger connections to us and to each other. The ideas that came out of the event will help us identify the next steps we can take as a coalition to create the better region we all envision as outlined in our Advocacy + Public Policy Agenda.


Because our agenda covers a broad array of issues that are all interconnected, it is crucial that we work collaboratively with those around us to achieve our goals. It was an honor to be in the room with so many brilliant, energetic young leaders. We couldn’t be more excited for what the future brings for this growing coalition dedicated to making Pittsburgh a more equitable place. This event was only the beginning.


Thank you so much to The Social Justice Institutes at Carlow University for their support in making this event happen! Thank you also to our amazing volunteers, staff, board members, and all the participants for making the event so successful. And, most importantly, thank you to all of our constituents, whose input and hard work led to the development of our Advocacy + Public Policy Agenda. You are the drivers of all that we do here at PUMP, and we could not do this work without you.




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