Why The Shyne Awards was created?
The Shyne Awards was created because young adults between the ages of 13-19 are statistically the most likely to be engaged or impacted by criminal activity. We cannot ignore the statistics; however, we can do something about it, and that is why we created a pro-active public platform to announce and celebrate what young people in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties are doing to make a difference and become effective agents of social change. If you base your information on electronic and print media, you would wholeheartedly believe that all young adults are engaged in negative activity and only a small percentage are on the right track when the opposite is true!
Over the years, we’ve found that young adults awarded with a Shyne Award has positively affected young members of that family to encourage and strive to obtain a Shyne Award when they become of age. Therefore, The Shyne Awards are a pro-active agent of preventing crime and other negative activity!
We Need Your Help
While The Shyne Awards emerges as a leader in empowering young adults, we need your financial support to create a premiere event that celebrates their achievements. In addition, every year we want to present each student with a Financial Scholarship, we are also requesting that you assist us in this effort. Please find attached a description of our sponsorship packages.
We hope that you will join us as we promote the positive achievements made by young adults – everyday. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration!
This event will allow young adults in Pittsburgh, its surrounding counties and the Tri-State Area to shine! This is their night to be recognized for the achievements. So much attention is focused on the negative things young people are engaged in and not enough attention is paid to those young adults who are doing positive things in their communities.
The awards program will allow young adults ages 13-19 to have an opportunity to SHYNE! The nominees, their family and friends will enjoy a program that will feature local celebrities, entertainment by other young adults, and the SHYNE Recognition Ceremony where attendees find out who will walk away with a SHYNE Award.
Our HIGHEST HONOR
“Gwen J. Elliott
Lifetime Achievement Award"
The “Gwendolyn J. Elliott Lifetime Achievement Award” is featured in The Shyne Awards in an effort to recognize true adult leadership that has made it their mission to improve the lives of our youth, the community and our region.
Gwendolyn J. Elliott was born in Duquesne, PA and graduated from West Mifflin High School. She earned an associate degree from Community College of Allegheny County and served in the Air Force for five years retiring as a staff sergeant. Later, she served in the National Guard and the Air Reserve until 1985. Ms. Elliott was a woman who broke down barriers and who was a trailblazing champion for the rights of women, children, the elderly, minorities and crime victims. She became one of the first female Pittsburgh Police officers and about a decade later, she became the department’s first black female commander.
A larger than life character with a sharp sense of humor, she helped create organizations to assist those in need. In the early 1970s, she was among the group of mothers who founded the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. And in 2002, the year she retired from the Pittsburgh Police force after 26 years, she founded Gwen’s Girls, the first county nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the needs of at-risk girls 8 to 18 years old.
Many believe Gwendolyn J. Elliott had a personality that appealed to all people, and a heart that cared deeply for those in need. That is why The SHYNE Awards is proud to name the Lifetime Achievement Award after Gwendolyn J. Elliott. The generosity of her spirit continues to live on in the many people that she touched and evidence of her spirit is still visible throughout the city of Pittsburgh.