Pittsburgh leaders are charged with building safe communities for children and families. However, the voice of the youth is sometimes missing in conversations about policing our neighborhoods.
- CURRENT CAMPAIGN
Hear Me and Allies for Children are teaming up to launch our fourth campaign, aimed at giving Pittsburgh's youth a chance to be heard. From now until May, young people will share stories about their interactions with, and perceptions of, law enforcement officers.
At the end of the campaign, Hear Me will deliver the responses to the Office of Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council. The goal of this campaign is to help inform the Chief of Police selection process and strengthen relationships between the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the youth of the City.
What is a campaign?
A Hear Me campaign is a region-wide collection of stories based on a specific theme and tied to a strategic action plan to raise awareness. The collection period is 4 months and the stories are shared during the following 4 months through the Sponsor a Kiosk program and specific campaign plans.
How will the stories be used?
The participating youth, Hear Me, and Allies for Children will present the gathered recordings to the Office of Mayor Peduto and to Pittsburgh City Council in May 2014. This will be at the time the leaders of Pittsburgh are working to select the next Chief of Police. The gathered stories will not only help inform the selections process but will serve as a foundation for improving relations between the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the youth of the City. Additionally, all stories will be shared on the Hear Me website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories. These stories will also be featured in the Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to consider and advocate for improved relationships between young people and law enforcement.
About our Campaign Partner
Allies for Children is working to build a unified voice for children and youth in the Pittsburgh region and advocates for legislative, administrative, and community action to improve outcomes for children.
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Hear Me stories are the experiences and ideas of young people. Stories can be shared through a variety of media supported by our website - audio, video, pictures, and writing. We encourage audio recordings, since this is the only media form compatible with the Sponsor a Kiosk program. The technology used to capture the stories does not have to be complicated; a computer's webcam or phone's audio recorder works! You can also borrow audio recorders and Flip Cams from Hear Me's lending library to record stories.
Who can participate?
How to participate?
What if I don't want my school or organization's name associated with the stories?
What are some example prompts to use?
It's simple. Pick a Story. Pick a Location. Make an Impact. Sponsor a Kiosk Today.
Hear Me has always used interactive displays to share kids' stories with communities and encourage community feedback to share with kids. Our new kiosks will be the main output strategy to share stories from this campaign. They were designed to engage the public in a conversation around the topics raised in Hear Me campaigns. Each kiosk has an interactive audio listening device and a place for listeners to respond to the story.
Thanks to all of our kiosks sponsors!
The New Kiosk:
How the Sponsorship Works:
We'll send you a portfolio of stories to choose from based on our current campaign theme. You pick your favorite neighborhood hangout to host the Hear Me Kiosk; it can be a coffee shop, café, bookstore, library or anywhere you want.
From here, you decide your level of commitment. We're happy to set up relationships with business owners, install the display, and collect the community responses. Or, if you already have a relationship with a business, you can pitch the idea yourself.
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME on the Hear Me Kiosk
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME permanently listed on the Hear Me website
- YOUR COMPANY promoted on social media sites through Hear Me
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME will be listed in our monthly Hear Me newsletter
By sharing the experiences of kids, you are becoming part of a larger conversation about the future of our children.
All stories will be shared on our website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories.
Stories will also be featured in our Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to consider and advocate for improved school climate.