Age: 53.Home: Shenango Township.Work: Pennsylvania Welfare Office in New Castle.UW groups: Executive board of the American Red Cross; executive council of Moraine Trails Boy Scouts and King Beaver Council.Project blueprint: "It's given us a voice and it's allowing us to bring another perspective to solve some of the problems the boards are designed to tackle."
Age: 52.Home: New Castle.Work: Manager of drug and alcohol program at the Youth Development Center in Shenango Township.UW groups: Board member of the Lawrence County Women's Rape and Crisis Center and Contact EARS.Project blueprint: "I've gotten to meet some really dedicated people. I've been in this community for years and thought I knew everyone, but I didn't."
Age: 33.Home: New Castle.Work: Book keeper at Federal Assurance Corporation in New Castle.UW groups: None.Project blueprint: "It's opened my eyes to a lot of things that can be changed in this community. A lot of areas that could use help. We can get out there and get results."
Age: 53.Home: New Castle.Work: Second grade teacher, New Castle Area School District.UW groups: Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lawrence County.Project blueprint: "I've gotten a deep sense of commitment to community issues. The project is able to forefront the concerns about educating black youth and the job market."
Age: 31.Home: New Castle.Work: Loan officer at National City Bank.UW groups: The New Castle Community Y board; Inner-Denominational Ministerial Alliance.Project blueprint: "It's helped me get involved. After getting out of school and hearing about the issues [in the area], I didn't know how to get involved and make a difference."