Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 at 11:00am

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11 AM Cutting Through the Noise: Teen Changemakers

Moderator:
Ashely Lynn Priore, Founder, the Queen’s Gambit and Community Activist

Panelists:
Abby Rickin-Marks, Education Activist
Zion Ross, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

How do you make your voice heard in these information-saturated times? A candid conversation with teens who are standing for social equity, inclusivity and diversity. What challenges have they faced while acting for what they believe in? What success has been achieved? And how on earth are they responsibly making progress?

Moderator:
Ashley Lynn Priore
Founder and CEO of Queens Gambit

Ashley Lynn Priore-a civic and social entrepreneur, nonprofit founder, educator, innovative speaker, public servant, strategist, and writer-is the founder, president and CEO of Queen's Gambit, a national, multi-departmental hybrid nonprofit and social enterprise using chess as a catalyst for change. She is also the founder of Y'22, a national youth awareness organization ensuring people under 25 have a seat at every decision making table.

Featured Teen Changemakers:

Zion Ross
Hi everyone! I’m Zion Ross and I’m 16 year old junior at Pittsburgh CAPA. At CAPA, I am a vocal major and am a member of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council across the district. On the council, it is my job to represent the students across the district and make sure they’re voices are being heard and needs are being met. I can’t wait to talk more about experience!

Abigail Rickin-Marks
Founder and Organizer of the Discrimination in Education Symposium

Abigail Rickin-Marks is a current senior at Fox Chapel Area High School. When not sitting in her room attending her virtual classes, she is trying to better the world in areas such as mental health and education reform. Currently, Rickin-Marks is a teen advocate in multiple mental health organizations, including the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and is spearheading a virtual day-long workshop aimed to educate high school students about discrimination commonly found in their schools.


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