For Immediate Release
Google, University of Pittsburgh, and Community Partners Co-Present Kids Without Borders
Free Activities, Resources, and Programs to Inspire and Connect Youth and Families
January 25, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA – Kids Without Borders is a family-friendly day designed to connect youth from all backgrounds to positive forms of expression – from a slam poetry exercise to a teen photography workshop to an anti-bullying session. Parents can enjoy family yoga, Know Your Rights workshop for immigrants and refugees, and a session for all on how to combat bullying. There are activities for youth of all ages and families. The program takes place on Sunday, January 29th from 11AM to 4PM at Alphabet City Center in the Northside. It is free and open to the public.
“We believe that the best type of community-building and cross-cultural dialogue happens when we create spaces for people to come together under one roof for a shared experience,” says City of Asylum Assistant Silvia Duarte. Kids Without Borders will take place at City of Asylum’s newly unveiled Alphabet City Center which is located at 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Alphabet City Center is a home for diverse voices from around the globe—a place where Pittsburgh meets the world and the world meets Pittsburgh.
“We know that diversity can make us better. It leads to more productive teams, helps to build better products, and in this case, fosters stronger community. We’re proud to support efforts that reinforce this message to the youth of our city,” says Head of Public Affairs for Google Pittsburgh Liz Schwab.
The program schedule for the day is:
11AM – 4PM Imagination Playground Ages 3-8
11AM – 4PM Face Painting All Ages
11AM – 4PM Story Recording Booth All Ages
11AM – Noon Hip Hop Dance Class 9 and up
11AM – Noon Arts and Crafts Station All Ages
11AM – Noon Navigating Challenges: Small Group Counseling (Spanish) Adults
11AM – Noon How to Identify and Address Bullying Adults
Noon – 1PM Improv Workshop and Performance Ages 5-12
Noon – 1PM Know Your Rights: Immigration Attorney Panel Adults
1PM – 2PM Navigating Challenges: Small Group Counseling (English) Adults
1PM – 2PM Slam Poetry Workshop 9 and up
1PM – 2PM Family Yoga All Ages
1PM – 2PM Psycho-education Session Adults
1PM – 4PM Acetate / Collage Arts Station All Ages
2PM – 3PM Storytelling Workshop Ages 5-9
2PM – 3PM Anti-Bullying Session 9 and up
2PM – 3:30PM Expression Through Photography 12 and up
3PM – 4PM Know Your Rights: Refugees and the Law Adults
“We continue to hear from community members—immigrants, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQIA, people living with disabilities, and others—who are concerned about the political climate and what this means for their community. In response, we decided to take action by celebrating our youth and connecting families to resources,” explains Change Agency Director Betty Cruz.
Kids Without Borders was developed in response to this community input to remind youth and families that they are valued, while bridging their questions and concerns with local partners eager to provide support. Organizers are working with local artists and volunteers that include seniors and veterans from across the county to show appreciation for all youth in attendance.
“The University of Pittsburgh prepares students to expand their perspectives through global awareness, cultural empathy, and understanding of real-world issues. We are proud to co-sponsor this event because even the youngest minds should be encouraged to celebrate who they are and embrace the world,” stated Belkys Torres, Associate Director for International Programs at Pitt.
The event is organized by City of Asylum and Change Agency and made possible thanks to sponsorship support from Google, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies, European Studies Center, and Global Studies Center.