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Youth Philanthropy Interns with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies released radio documentaries of their experiences learning about operating and funding nonprofits.

Interns spend eight weeks exploring civic engagement and community building by meeting with nonprofit organizers, local business leaders, elected officials, and donors. Interns perform community service, critically assess community needs, and take responsibility for awarding $50,000 in grant funding.

To share the impact of their experience, interns produce documentaries under the tutelage of professional radio producers from The Saturday Light Brigade. Those are:

“Faded Bricks, Bright Future”
Alex Kiepert & Maggie Blaisdell – The heart of an old steel town is finding new life.

“What’s Up Downtown”
Shay Roth & Jonathan Guaetta – After years of a stagnant economy in Johnstown, this highlights the up and coming downtown business district while also discussing several business leaders’ visions for the future, keeping in mind the motto “Alive and Well and Open for Business.”

“Ken Lantzy: Highlights Extend Past the Fourth Quarter”
Ethan Dabbs & Morgan Bailey – Our local all-star high school football game has lost the attention it deserves for its charitable donations and scholarships; we aim to shine light on these attributes.

“Inside the Mind of a Small Town: Mental Wellness in Rural PA”
Rory Bretz & Cooper Tretter – Living mentally well in rural towns is vastly different from the same pursuit in more urban areas.

Click here for all of the documentaries, plus bonus tracks.

CFA’s Youth Philanthropy Internship is made possible by funding from The Heinz Endowments.

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