Strickland inspires hope, generates jobs, and empowers citizens to become experts in any field, regardless of their circumstances. He has guided thousands of people toward employment, passion, craft, and dignity, even when it seemed like the odds were against him. After years of trying to raise the money for what would become Manchester Bidwell and its signature training center in Pittsburgh, Strickland changed tack. He persuaded one of Pittsburgh’s leading architects to design a new arts and training center—helming a leading-edge approach to architecture in education. Then, he hit the pavement, showing the city’s business leaders, charity foundations, and public authorities why it was in their interest to fund his plan.
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