The group of teens in the program Urban Matters

Check out this video produced by a group of teens about a subject, as it turns out, few people in Pittsburgh understand: land banking.

Through a program called Urban Matters, created by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA),teens from 15 to 18 years-old from the Hill District, Beltzhoover, Homewood and elsewhere came together for six weeks on the North Side at YouthPlaces. There, they teamed with teaching artist Alisha Wormsley and project coordinator Jamie VanderMolen  to to discover their responsibility as citizens of the city in shaping the development of their  neighborhoods, says the program’s creator, Karen Abrams, the URA’s manager of diversity and community affairs.

Abrahms emceed the event this past Tuesday in the Hill District when the video premiered, with all the teens attending.

As evident in the documentary, the teens learned plenty about land banking. Trust us, you’ll learn a thing or two, too.  Watch the video and read more in this NEXT article.

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