Education and Youth

Geek Out at the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair!

According to the National Science Foundation, "In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, all students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past." In keeping with this spirit, on Friday, October 7th, Google will host the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair -- an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and computer science careers.

Ridin’ With Dee’z Wheelz Bicycle Festival for Special Olympics

Biking, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from allenran 917's photostream On Sunday, October 2nd, you're invited to bring your bike out to the Highland Park Bike Track and enjoy an afternoon benefiting the athletes of Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The Ridin' With Dee'z Wheelz Bicycle Festival is named after Special Olympic athlete, 15-year-old Danielle “Dee” List. Dee lives with a rare metabolic disorder called glycosylation, which impacts her central nervous system. While she uses a wheelchair to get around on a daily basis, she doesn't let that stop her from swimming, bowling, and yes, even walking. She especially loves to use [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|6 Comments

Rec2Tech Pittsburgh Addresses Digital Divide with After-School Programs in City Recreation Centers

City of Pittsburgh partnering with The Sprout Fund to bring technology-enhanced learning to city youth PITTSBURGH, PA (September 12, 2016) – Today Mayor William Peduto announced that five of Pittsburgh’s city-owned recreation centers will be transformed into technology-enhanced learning centers during the week of September 12-16 to demonstrate how free after-school programs can help youth in city neighborhoods get a leg up in STEM learning as part of a new initiative called Rec2Tech Pittsburgh.

Summer 16 Campaign Exceeds Goal: Connects 16,000+ Children/Youth to Out-of-School Opportunities

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 2, 2016) - Today, the Summer 16 collaboration announced that it exceeded its goal of connecting more than 16,000 children and youth across Allegheny County to expanded learning opportunities this summer. Summer 16 Dream! Explore! Do!, a youth centered campaign created by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor William Peduto, United Way’s Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), Allies for Children and various community partners, aimed to provide local children, grades K-12, with fun, educational activities during their break from school.

Attend Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Hamlet’s Look, Listen and Learn Tour!

Dr. Anthony Hamlet was sworn in as the new superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools on July 1st. "Look, Listen and Learn" is one component of his 90-day plan to ensure a smooth leadership transition and start the groundwork to develop a 5-year strategic plan for the district. The tour includes meetings with community members, as well as with various stakeholders, administrators, and staff. To date, he has visited nearly half of the 54 schools in the district.

By | August 24th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|2 Comments

Closing Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Gap with My Brother’s Keeper

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.

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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.

Notice2POTUS Essay Contest for Generation iGen

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.

Please Share: Free Summer Food Program for Kids!

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!