Equitable community development for the 21st Century that forges relationships, inspires creativity, and teaches the tools of the future.
We work toward a future where all communities have spaces and opportunities to create human relationships outside of the culture, geography, and economic class you were born into.
Since 2017, we've been building an equitable economy for Wilkinsburg and the Greater Pittsburgh region by creating opportunities that promote professional development, financial wellbeing, and entrepreneurial growth.
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Community Forge was initially founded in 2017 by eight young adults with roots in Pittsburgh and backgrounds ranging from PhD Scientists to Educators to Extreme Sports Athletes.
The founding team of Community Forge was Travis Alvarez, Ariel Beach-Westmoreland, Jacqueline Cameron, Patrick Cooper, Micha Gorelick, Magdeline Moy, Nick Ryan, and Mike Skirpan. These 8 co-founders built the foundations of Community Forge, donating thousands of hours in the first 3 years working as volunteers.
Their goal was to revitalize the former Johnston Elementary School as an asset to the community and region, working with the community to build a more equitable economy and set of opportunities.
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