Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teens Hear Firsthand about Political Careers U Can B Program Reaches More Students

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teens Hear Firsthand about Political Careers U Can B Program Reaches More Students

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Tara Douglass, 17, a senior at Keystone Oaks High School, had been feeling stressed out about applying to colleges and choosing a profession.

"How are you supposed to know what you want to do with the rest of your life when you are our age?" Tara queried.

But that pressure started to ease as she participated in the U Can B program that was brought to Keystone Oaks last year, exposing students to presentations from business and government professionals and community leaders.

"They tell you how they didn't entirely set out to do their jobs but that they followed a path that bounced around," Tara said..

U Can B is a program of Building Bridges for Business, a 4-year- old Pittsburgh nonprofit whose goal is to provide educational opportunities for small businesses, said founder Linda Handley.

U Can B started last year when the Building Bridges program moved into the education arena by partnering with Keystone Oaks to offer presentations to students that were modeled after the Building Bridges online video series, "Coffee With," which shows interviews with business and political leaders sharing their secrets of success.

The second season of U Can B kicked off Thursday at Keystone Oaks, but this time it included students from Propel Braddock Hills, Pittsburgh Allderdice, Oakland Catholic and Winchester Thurston high schools. …

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