The Neighborhood Image Award is given to an organization whose work is contributing to making their community appealing and desirable to all. Their work celebrates neighborhood pride and attracts new people and investment while retaining new and long-term residents.
is contributing to a healthy Neighborhood Image for McKees Rocks by encouraging community members to use their space in the heart of town to create and share stories important to them. They are also working to get more involved with youth in the community by offering them after-school instruction in production, media, and more!
Check out this sneak peek of BTBSN's awardee highlight video sponsored by Neighborhood Image Awards.
Focused on the Youth
BTBSN JR. IS FOCUSED ON GIVING A VOICE TO THE YOUTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES
to offer an elective "Production" series to the students at Westinghouse Academy
The students were taught the basics of creating, planning and producing a talk show. They were given the creative freedom to decide on the topic and content and complete their lessons by completing a full show.
This is the type of youth engagement that CEO of BTBSN, Eszquire Harris, wants to continue in the future! Not only is this a fun activity for youth, it can teach practical skills in recording, editing, and more! #NeighborhoodImageAwardee #2020HNAwards
Image & KIVA Loan
The BlackTeaBrownSuga Network is also a Kiva Pittsburgh
A Kiva loan helped CEO Eszquire Harris go from recording the very first BTBSN live videocast with his phone & a desk tripod to a fully operational storefront in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania just a little more than a year ago!
He said: "In the future, I hope for our network to be a household name. I want us to continue to provide arts resources for youth as well as spaces for adult creatives to invest in young learners and give back."
While 2020 may have thrown BTBSN a few unexpected challenges, Eszquire is still diligently working to give his community a voice and empower youth through his network. Above all, he wants to be an asset to his community. #2020HNAwards