The Professional Fellows Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a two-way capacity building exchange for emerging NGO leaders in China and Mongolia in the fields of the environment, legal aid, philanthropy, and community building among marginalized populations. The National Committee will work with NGO's in the United States, China, and Mongolia to carry out the program with a total of 22 Asian fellows and 14 American counterparts.
When the National Committee programmed Pittsburgh into the itinerary of a first-of-its-kind delegation of Chinese involved in the production of children's radio and television in 1983, we received a great deal of "Why Pittsburgh?" push-back from the Chinese. But we knew that any delegation looking at children's productions wouldn't be complete without a visit to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. After watching a taping of the show and talking shop with Fred Rogers (already changed out of his signature cardigan and slippers), the group was completely won over by him, as well as by the beauty and friendliness of Pittsburgh.