Thank you!

October 2, 2010
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Ben and I would like to thank everyone who voted for us in the Public Allies Changemaker Awards competition. We won the private sector award and have all of you to thank! The requirement for a private sector award was, “a local private-sector business (small, medium or large) that has shown a commitment to the region through the five core values, with particular focus on collaboration, diversity and inclusion and integrity.”

Thank you!


Ben Gelt and Laura Staniland


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Focusing on the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, CivicsLab puts elementary and middle school students in virtual control of decision-making in their communities to encourage civic participation, critical thinking, and sense of place. In CivicsLab, players will assume positions of power in the community from an urban, suburban or rural perspective and explore how decisions-based on social need and demand, proper planning (as defined by our civic experts), political pressure, and most importantly, their imaginations-might impact the community. Through manipulation of real mapping information and current data sets, students navigate social and political pressures to explore the cause and effect of civic investment and public policy as they attempt to create a sustainable future for their region.