Pittsburgh – City Charter High School’s International Service
Learning/Environmental Studies Program has been chosen to receive a SHYNE Award
in the Young Adult Group category.
City High is one of eight honorees that will participate in the ninth annual awards ceremony on August 6, 2016 at the August Wilson Center. The SHYNE Awards highlight the positive contributions that young people are making in the community and the world.
According to the SHYNE Award founders, Darnell Drewery and Orlana Darkins Drewery, City High’s program was chosen to receive the award because “the school’s program promoted this effort to involve young adults to participate and understand the importance of serving others abroad as well as in their own communities.”
Representing City High at the award ceremony will be four students who have participated in the program in previous years: Indyha Fielder, Haley James, Angello Madison, Jr. and Jeffrey Palmieri.
“The Costa Rica International Service Learning Program is an awesome opportunity to work with our students in a different manner to expose them to the true meaning and value of service,” Keiha Peck, coordinator of the program, said. “It truly is a life changing experience that challenges our kids to become more self-aware, culturally competent, and develop a sense of global citizenship.”
Each year, City High’s International Service Learning Program takes 20 students to Costa Rica where they participate in service work, like paving roads, constructing wheelchair accessible ramps/sidewalks, restoring community soccer fields and removing invasive species from the rainforest.
In addition to the international program, City High’s Environmental Outdoor Programs provide all City High students team building and leadership opportunities through day trips to western Pennsylvania’s excellent environmental venues like Camp Kon-o-kwee, Presque Isle State Park, Ohiopyle State Park, Laurel Caverns, and Teen Quest.
Dr. Ron Sofo, CEO/Principal, notes that these programs offer urban youth opportunities to engage in meaningful and socially responsible activities that many of them would otherwise not experience.
“Our students learn best when they address problems and needs in real world contexts both at home and around the world,” Sofo said. “All of Pittsburgh’s youth need these positive, life changing experiences which contribute to the greater good for us as a society and the world.”
City High’s international and environmental outdoor programs are supported by generous multi-year grants from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.