Pittsburgh Brashear's Students in Action Win "Pittsburgh Jefferson Awards Regional Competiton"
The Students in Action program is a branch of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. Its primary goal is to increase service learning projects among the student body and the community. This year Pittsburgh Brashear competed for the first time and won the "2015 Pittsburgh Jefferson Awards Service Learning Regional Competition."
The school created a project that surveyed 495 students and 74 local police officers who serve their communities. From analyzing the survey they found that a preponderance of responses from students and officers were neutral. The students decided the conversation needed to be started between the police and community. As a group they were able to meet with the police officers and they came to an agreement to host a 15 week citizens' academy for students and parents. In the academy the students will receive criminal law training, visit a 911 call center, take the physical training test, participate in a de-escalation simulation, and learn how the police are taught to interact with the community. Furthermore, they are working with students and organizations to help lead a diversity training for students, officers, and community member.
June 17-19, 2015, seven Pittsburgh Brashear students and an assistant faculty member will attend the national competition in Washington D.C. The Jefferson Awards Foundation pays for two students and a faculty member. Pittsburgh Brashear would like to raise the money so the entire group can compete and enjoy this wonderful experience! Event tickets are $500 per person and the extra room for the chaperone costs $620.
Please click the link below to view Pittsburgh Brashear's presentation at the 2015 Pittsburgh Jefferson Awards Service Learning Competiton!