Our Young People
Putting Everyone on the Path to Success
Last year, Corey introduced city budget amendments to increase early childhood education funding by $2 million to better prepare our youngest neighbors for their educational careers.
Corey also understands that learning and development don’t just happen in the classroom between 7 AM – 3 PM. It’s a constant process that needs to be nurtured in different spaces and in different settings. That’s why he’s secured funding for recreational and play spaces across his district, including the Hazelwood Play Trail and updated basketball, tennis, and dek hockey courts in McBride Park in Lincoln Place.
Local students should have every chance to build a career when they’re ready to enter the workforce. In 2016, working with The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and The Pittsburgh Promise, he proposed $60,000 in city funding towards Promise to Hire, a grant program incentivizing local businesses to hire Pittsburgh Promise graduates, thus keeping their talents at home.
As an Elementary Education major at Duquesne University, Corey learned firsthand the value of giving young children of all abilities and backgrounds the strong educational foundation on which they can build a successful future. This foundation isn’t limited to good school systems alone; it must include well-trained teachers, updated classrooms and other learning and recreational spaces, and accessible and affordable childcare options. Councilman O’Connor will continue to make sure all children have the educational opportunities they need to succeed and contribute to our community.
It used to be said that students and young people had to leave Pittsburgh to start their lives. Corey - a local graduate and young professional himself - tackled that misconception head-on. With his support for the Promise to Hire grant, Corey is helping to keep our home-grown talent right where it belongs, and building vibrant and diverse economy.