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.
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.
Imagine being a child and it's the worst day of your life. You've been in a car accident, or your house was on fire, perhaps you witnessed a parent being arrested, or you watched a violent domestic dispute unfold before your eyes and you're now separated from your parents. If you're a child who has been caught up in these kinds of traumatic events, you will likely end up in the back of a police car or other emergency response vehicle. While it could of course never completely make up for the pain you're feeling, finding a teddy bear to hug and hold in the police cruiser could certainly help give some very real comfort. That is the impetus behind a teddy bear drive being spearheaded by City Councilman Dan Gilman in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Police.
Each year, Pittsburgh needs lifeguards for our pools! The Citiparks Aquatics Division is actively recruiting now for lifeguards for the 2016 summer season. If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division needs you. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016. The starting pay rate is $8.91 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.
For over 50 years, GlobalPittsburgh has conducted programs that connect Pittsburgh with the world. Their membership activities and hosting programs help universities and English Language programs attract international students. Additionally, they are the U.S. State Department’s designated regional service provider for the International Visitor Leadership Program and other government-sponsored international exchange programs.
For over 20 years, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) has helped low- to moderate-income people get on the path to prosperity. They do this by hosting on-site employer interviews and job fairs, and by offering workforce skills, job readiness training, career counseling, and even job placement. They have recently posted a number of immediate and summer job opportunities.
University of Pittsburgh students have a fantastic opportunity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship -- and win up to a $25,000 grand prize with a total of $100,000 in cash prizes being awarded! The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an "experience-based learning opportunity" offered to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. It fosters interdisciplinary synergy as applicants must be comprised of teams of at least two members and these members must be from at least two different schools/departments.
Did you know that students who miss roughly two days a month of school starting in kindergarten average lower reading and math levels as late as the 5th grade? Moreover, according to United Way in an article in The Northside Chronicle, student attendance is significantly lower in the month of February. This is why the United Way of Southwestern PA has launched their “Be There” campaign initiative which is focused on increasing student attendance during the month of February--and, hopefully, beyond.
As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.
With the departure of current Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane set for June, the search is on for the next superintendent. The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools is using the month of January to gather community input on what constituents want to see in the next Superintendent. They have a variety of ways that you can voice your opinions, including holding public forums. The forums are for everyone --- community members, students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business partners, foundations, etc.