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July 01, 2015

Student Group from La Roche College Receives AAUW Gateway to Equity Award

PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2015 – One Youth, a student organization at La Roche University, recently received the Gateway to Equity Award from the North Hills-McKnight branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group or organization that has shown by action and philosophy the promotion of the AAUW mission of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

Peggy Schmiedecke AAUW College University Representative for La Roche University said, “One Youth was selected because their mission is to enhance the development of disinvested communities in Pittsburgh through the empowerment of youth below age 18, which is a powerful initiative for college students.”

One Youth is a student organization at La Roche that serves to empower, inspire and enable the younger generation to acquire leadership by targeting and addressing the needs of local youth in struggling communities. The group accomplishes its mission by partnering with local nonprofits that focus on youth development and facilitating projects that help students to realize their intellectual and leadership capabilities.

The North Hills-McKnight branch presented the award to La Roche University alumna Jalyn Evans, a founding member and president of One Youth. Ms. Evans graduated in May 2015 and was a recipient of the President’s Award for Leadership and Scholarship, the most prestigious award offered to undergraduate students of La Roche University. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science.

“The recognition is truly encouraging. We appreciate the support and leadership that we received from the North Hills-McKnight branch,” Ms. Evans said. “The One Youth team members are overjoyed!”

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers more than 50 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.