Stereotypes about Black males and police, along with current events such as the Ferguson and Baltimore riots caught the attention of seven Brashear High School students. In order to ensure that Pittsburgh would not be the next city in turmoil, those students who are apart of Brashear’s Students in Action group created a project that focused on building relationships and positive interactions between community and police.
SIA is a part of The Jefferson Awards Foundation, and is a program whose goal is to increase service learning projects among the nation’s student body and communities. The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service. It is given at both national and local levels. SIA empowers students to think big, choose their own public service passion, engage their entire school and broader communities, and create maximum impact.