Lisa Freeman is a social worker from Pittsburgh, PA. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association (PSSA). PSSA offers (school-based and community-based) programming and learning opportunities. Our mision is to provide support to children and families who are at-risk of school failure. PSSA is committed to social justice and serving the unmet needs in the community.
Lisa gains inspiration from the "marginalized"who are her prized heirlooms that she cares for in her truly unique urban farm Manchester Growing Together Garden/Farm.
The Living Green Wall project is an aesthetically pleasing answer to blight in the community. Living in a community that experiences any type of litter blowing in the wind and/or buildings left to slowly rot and decay affects the image of the community as well as the self esteem of the residents. Children who walk to and from the local school incorporate this "unkept" mentality into their psyche and develop a disregard and lack of pride in their neighborhood. Children and adults alike should have opportunities and share pride in the community where they live. This living wall will engage neighbors, families and area school children to participate in creating a beautiful answer to address blight.