Local nonprofit aims at making all children feel welcomed, respected

Proud to be From Pittsburgh: Local nonprofit aims at making all children feel welcomed, respected

PITTSBURGH — A nonprofit aimed at making all children feel welcomed and respected was given a great surprise this week. The art focused group, Dreams of Hope, is a nonprofit for gay and trans youth.

They are located in Pittsburgh they work with 3,000 young people.

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"Everything we do is art-based, and everything we do is creating safe space for young people, developing youth leaders and facilitating and teaching young people how to use art to tell their own stories," said Dreams of Hope Executive Director Seth Rosenberg.

The group’s goal is to build awareness and increase acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

"It’s not so much dealing with identity but empowering them to deal with other people who perhaps are presenting challenges," said Rosenberg.

Just this week they were named the 2020 Champion in Action. It’s a Citizens Bank initiative that rewards nonprofits with donations to their causes.

Citizens Bank President Mark Rendulic said he never heard of the group before but feels they are a perfect fit with the mission of Champions In Action.

"I think having these programs when we go out with themes of diversity, inclusion … we undercover people in the community doing great things," said Rendulic.

Dreams of Hope says this $35,000 donation will go a long way in creating new programs and expanding the ones they have. The group promotes their mission through two ways: art programs through schools called “Sqool” and their own show, TheatriQ.

"They start with nothing in the fall," said Rosenberg. "They write a show, they rehearse it and perform it, and also do multiple performances in the community along the way."

Dreams of Hope is making us Proud to be from Pittsburgh.

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