Hear Me, an initiative of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, came to the Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC) to record our students' thoughts about the Pittsburgh Police. ALEC is located next door to the Zone 3 Police Station. Interactions with the police are part of our students' daily lives.
Through this collaborative campaign with Allies for Children, students from all over the city of Pittsburgh had the opportunity to record their responses to such questions as, "What is the job of a police officer?" and "How would you describe your relationship with police officers?" Once all the responses are recorded and edited, Hear Me will present them to Mayor William Peduto to help inform the selection of the new Chief of Police.
Students at ALEC listened to their interviews and then interviewed one another. They had such a great time sharing their stories with Jess and Ryan of Hear Me, and we can't wait to share the final edit.
Hear Me is a collaborative network of community organizations, institutions, businesses and foundations working together to provide a better future for our kids. Through this project, our students have had a chance to share their voice with a wider audience and participate in the democratic process. To learn more, check out their website.