Bill Strickland to be Honored by US Senate

Senator Casey and Bill StricklandTo commemorate Black History Month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he would be honoring William E. “Bill” Strickland, Jr. on February 25th. Strickland is being recognized for his journey from disadvantaged minority in the civil rights era to social innovator and Founder, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC). Strickland¹s organization, which began in 1968 in Pittsburgh, combines adult career training, youth arts education, and social enterprise in a positive educational and emotional environment. This powerful fusion has a proven record of giving disadvantaged youth and adults the opportunities and skills they need to build a better future by removing social and economic barriers to success.

Following his speech on the Senate floor, Senator Casey will host a
symposium to discuss Strickland¹s contributions to the Pittsburgh community, the nation, and as a visionary social innovator whose simple philosophy‹environment shapes people¹s lives‹has been a catalyst for a proven model for innovation and success in education. Strickland’s pedagogical model has spread beyond Pennsylvania and is having a significant impact in a growing number of communities across the country. Currently, five MBC-affiliated centers are operational, at least two more will open in 2013, and many more are being planned in cities across the US.

“I am humbled by this honor and hope it leads more people to recognize what an impact one hopeful person can have on a struggling community,”
says Strickland.

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