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Allies for Health + Wellbeing Seeks Nominations for 2023 Class of ‘Bright Young People’

J. Coley Alston, a 2022 Bright Young People Honoree. Photo by Jill Farrar, courtesy of Allies for Health + Wellbeing.

Allies for Health + Wellbeing is seeking the next class of “Bright Young People” to be honored at its annual Allies Ball and Free For All, set for Friday, May 26, 2023. 

Introduced at the 2022 event, the Bright Young People are a constellation of excellence – people who are making a real and tangible difference in our community and working toward a bright future. The Bright Young People are making their mark through their art, their careers, and their activism. Those submitting nominations should be prepared to describe how the nominee is making a difference in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, particularly in the areas of equity and inclusion. 

“We have made a commitment to stand in support of those who are working to change institutional racism and discrimination,” said Sean DeYoung, CEO of Allies for Health + Wellbeing. “The Bright Young People program is one of the ways we are doing that, and we look forward to honoring another great group of young people making their mark in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.” 

After honoring the inaugural class of 11 Bright Young People last spring, Allies is now accepting nominations for the 2023 event. The Bright Young People will be guests at the Allies Ball itself and will be a prominent part of the Free For All festivities.   

“The Allies Ball has always been an opportunity for us to honor long-time supporters of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and Allies,” DeYoung said. “Now that we have the Bright Young People as part of the event, we hope to build a new generation working alongside us to end HIV, as we amplify the work young people are already doing to make a more just, equitable world.”  

The deadline for nominations is January 20, 2023. Nominations can be submitted here.

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