While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, there are over 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Fellows are accomplished young leaders chosen from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each Fellow comes to the United States and participates in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a university or college here. They also get to attend a town hall with the President. They then return to their home countries and build upon the skills they developed during their time in the U.S. Mandela Washington Fellows receive ongoing access to mentoring, networking, training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is calling this afternoon for a community-wide peace summit to be held next week to seek ways to work together to address fear and violence. The Mayor – working with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald – intends to gather leaders from law enforcement, faith-based institutions, activist groups, foundations, labor, the corporate community and government to work constructively to address violence facing Pittsburgh and the entire nation, and find ways to promote racial healing.
What does the future hold for mobility? Is it self-driving cars? More bike sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing? How about smart parking and ever smarter transportation apps? On July 11th, you're invited to attend the "Future of Mobility" Forum convened by the Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA (RTA) at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Come out and learn how new technological developments are changing how transportation systems operate.
Transportation justice is the belief that all neighborhoods and communities should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. Having good alternatives to cars -- such as public transit, bikes, and safe sidewalks -- helps to ensure that everyone can access employment opportunities, decent schools and affordable housing. Additionally, less reliance on cars, reduces pollution. Transportation justice also seeks to ensure that everyone -- including those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and low-income residents -- all have equal access to good mobility.
Neighborhood Allies believes that no one knows a community as well as the people who live in them. Their Love My Neighbor! Grant Program (led by the Grassroots Grantmaking Committee) gives residents in target communities the chance to create a project that will both improve their neighborhood and engage their fellow neighbors. The grants range in size from $500 to $2,500 and Love My Neighbor! provides the necessary resources and technical assistance directly to residents.
The Federal Reserve System (or the Fed) is our country's central banking system. Its functions include conducting the nation's monetary policy, supervising and regulating banks and other financial institutions, maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk, and providing financial services to the U.S. government. It's comprised of the Board of Governors (Federal Reserve Board), located in Washington, D.C. and appointed by the president, and 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. In 2015, the Federal Reserve Board created the Community Advisory Council (CAC).
What would you write in a letter to the next President of the United States? The race for president is uppermost on many minds right now. BMe -- a national network of people committed to build caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men -- has invited youth ages 14 to 24 (Generation iGen) to participate in the 2016 presidential race by means of their Notice2POTUS essay contest. Participants are asked to articulate their concerns and recommendations for addressing a targeted issue.
Did you know that while approximately 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free/reduced school meals, only a little over 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on a given day? The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank's Summer Food Program offers free food and fun to anyone age 18 and under all summer long. And, there's no paperwork required!
PennFuture and Stay Positive Clairton will hold an Air Quality Expo in Clairton on Sunday, May 15th. There will be games and informational resources from various environmental and public health groups so that residents and other attendees can learn more about the air quality in the Clairton community. Food and beverages will be available served. Featured at the expo will be the premier of PennFuture’s documentary, “Clairton Coke Works, Clean Up Our Air.” PennFuture produced the short film that spotlights local residents who share their stories on how the air quality in the Mon Valley affects them. Matt Brosey directed and edited the film.
Applications for the Learning Garden Program is Friday, May 13th (emailed or post-marked). Nonprofit organizations, Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community, have partnered to build the first five of 50 Learning Gardens in Allegheny County over the next four years. The program was approved by the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) board. Grow Pittsburgh has had school gardening programs for the past 10 years. The Kitchen Community has built and supported 300 Learning Gardens across four regions nationally and will use their experience to assist in expanding the current work. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school.
What will the future of housing in Lawrenceville be? With approximately 1,000 market-rate residential units in the planning or construction phase, will there be responsible growth and affordability for all? Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) and Lawrenceville United (LU), along with residents, property owners, developers, and elected officials are seeking a "housing for all," strategy as a priority. Tomorrow, LC and LU will host an event focused on the state of housing in Lawrenceville at Goodwill of Southwestern PA.
Friday, May 6th will see the 7th Geek Art/ Green Innovators Festival (GA/GI) -- Pittsburgh's only eco, art and tech fest! It takes place as part of the "Unblurred First Fridays" series on Penn Avenue in Garfield (at venues between Mathilda and Negley). It's a totally unique mash-up of displays, demos, exhibits and music produced by the Passports Art Diversity Project in partnership with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Technology Council and others.
St. Joseph House of Hospitality -- located in the Hill District on a bluff overlooking the city -- is the only facility in the region that provides year-round single room occupancy housing to low-income men over the age of 50 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Tonight, the 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands in service of this 79-year old institution.
Stand Against Racism is the YWCA’s signature racial justice campaign. Each year, events take place in over 750 locations across the United States. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh annually participates as their mission is to work to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. As part of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's 2016 Stand Against Racism, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are inviting all staff and visitors to participate in a group #STANDAGAINSTRACISM photograph on Friday, April 29th. Museum admission is NOT required to participate.
Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty -- literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, "Is starting an agricultural business right for you?"
Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year's program.
While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and "best of" lists, Mayor Peduto -- and others -- have lamented that there are "two Pittsburghs." While Pittsburgh my be "most livable" for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a "Just Pittsburgh" would look like...
The Women and Girls Foundation's Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar. So, there is much more work to do!
Pittsburgh is blessed with a wealth of world-class museums. This summer, your child can take full advantage of the renowned permanent exhibitions like the Scaife Galleries and "Dinosaurs in Their Time" at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The Carnegie Museums are offering a wide array of week-long half- and full-day camps for kids from preschool through high school from June 13 to August 26.