...in which middle school students write about the impact of violence on their lives and are encouraged to make personal commitments to help eliminate violence. Teachers also lead students in classroom discussions about violence and its resolutions.
The Pittsburgh DtWT was establish in 2007 by the Family Court Division of Allegheny County at the behest of then, Administrative Judge Kim Berkeley Clark. Judge Clark appointed Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff (and wife, Joy Maxberry Woodruff) to establish and chairs the Pittsburgh program.
Annually, a DtWT Dinner Celebration is held to honor the top student writers from each school, with one girl and one boy chosen as Pittsburgh “National Ambassadors” on the basis of their writing content and interview with Judges. The 'Ambassadors are honored at the DtWT National Recognition Week in Washington, DC, where they meet with national leaders and discuss youth violence issues. A book of the writings of each city’s Ambassadors is inducted in United States Library of Congress.
PITTSBURGH DtWT National Campaign to Stop Violence
Court of Common Pleas 2021 Massachusetts Ave,
440 Ross St., Rm. 5065 Washington, DC 20036
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 1 800 256-0235
1 412 350-6281
Kuwait American Foundation & Southwest Airlines
ALAINA BEAL St. Agnes Catholic Teacher - Sister Janelle Banko
MALACHI STEVENSON Manchester Acacemic Teacher - Mrs. Carla Knight
The 2019 Pittsburgh “Do the Write Thing Challenge” was an enormous success with 1,403 middle school students submitting writings from 40 participating schools in 4 school districts!
Pittsburgh Co-chairs: The Hon. Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff & Mrs. Joy Maxberry Woodruff
Pittsburgh Co-coordinators: Mr. Louis Ransom, Jr., Grace W. Orsatti, Esq., Mrs. Nicole Cronin
Black & Gold Committee (Finalist Selection Committee)
The Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark … Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
The Hon. Paul Cozza … Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
The Hon. Stephen Zappala, Jr. … District Attorney, Allegheny County
The Hon. Rich Fitzgerald … County Executive, Allegheny County
Mr. Alex Matthews … Senior Analyst, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Mr. Mike Tomlin … Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ms. Esther Bush … President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Ella A. Kwisnek, Esq. … Assistant Dean, Duquesne University School of Law
Edwin L. Edwards, Jr., Esq. … Attorney, Blank Rome LLP
Ms. Marcia Martin … Vice President, Gateway Health Plan
THREE RIVERS COMMITTEE (Preliminary Selection Committee)
Duquesne University School of Law …………... Ella A. Kwisnek, Esq.
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work …….….. Jaime M. Booth, Ph.D.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield ……….. Christina Wilds, Ph.D.
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity (Carnegie Mellon University) …..…… Mr. Jack Dunbar
STEEL TOWN COMMITTEE
Judge Kim Eaton Judge Guido DeAngelis
Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco Cynthia Stoltz, Esq.
Judge Jennifer McCrady Carmen L. Robinson, Esq.
Judge Hugh McGough Carlena Lemon
PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Pittsburgh Public Woodland Hills The Catholic Diocese
Penn Hills Manchester Academic Charter