PGH in 360: Youth Perspectives empowers young people in Pittsburgh by giving them a platform, tools, and training for media production and self-expression. It encourages dialogue across generations and brings fresh perspectives to the table when considering civic issues. It introduces young people to new technology and media, sparks novel ways of thinking, and contributes to skills development for employment.

In PGH in 360 workshops, local youth produce 360-degree videos that tell their stories and provide their views on their neighborhoods, the city of Pittsburgh, and issues that matter to them. Through this impactful and innovative medium, adults in positions of power get to walk for a while in the shoes of local young people and hear voices that are rarely included in discussions of civic life, growth, and change in Pittsburgh.

Youth in the program create completed 360-degree videos, demonstrating their ability to work in this new technological medium. The project provides a window of insight into the world of technologies such as virtual reality. The foundational skills learned can be applied in marketing, training, and other business purposes as 360 video is increasingly adopted in a range of industries. PGH in 360 thus contributes to the ability of young people in Pittsburgh to participate in the new tech economy. They also gain confidence in self-expression by telling their stories in 360. Through showcases, the PGH in 360 website, and YouTube, viewers gain insight into the experiences and views of youth in the city and are therefore better able to address the needs of young people and to facilitate their participation in civic life and the local economy as they enter adulthood.

PGH in 360 is proud to have been included in a listing of 100 Voices of AR and VR in Education! Learn more about the project and director Karen Alexander’s live-in-VR presentation to an international audience on PGH in 360, and to watch youth-created videos at Twitter and Instagram: @PGHin360; contact: PGH in 360 is a project of New Sun Rising.

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