The statistics are gut-wrenching: On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S. Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding believes that educating all our children is a collective imperative for the social and economic future of our Commonwealth and all its communities. They also know that in order to achieve a good education for all, we must ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains an adequate and equitable system of funding public education. If you share in their belief that every public school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to flourish, then please join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party, tomorrow, June 15th.
Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) originated on the Harvard campus in 2000 with six women mentoring 30 girls. It incorporated as a nonprofit in Boston in 2004 and added a Pittsburgh branch in 2006. Now, it’s expanded to providing programming to over 1,400 girls in Boston, Pittsburgh and several pilot programs at over 100 school and community center partner sites! Like its name says, SWSG mission is to support strong mentoring relationships between women and pre-adolescent girls. It concentrates its efforts on serving underserved local communities–raising ambition and combating the dangers of low self-esteem among these girls.
Neighborhood Allies has a vision of a Pittsburgh full of thriving, healthy communities that are livable for all. To that end, they support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities. Yesterday, they announced the recipients of their spring 2015 grants. Neighborhood Allies awarded a total of $540,000 to eight creative and collaborative projects and ideas that will help transform struggling neighborhoods.
The American HealthCare Group will hold their bi-annual “Where to Turn Resource Fair” this Tuesday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event is targeted at teachers, social workers, case managers, service coordinators, human resource professionals and any social service or health care professional looking for contacts, but it is also free and open to the public at large. The fair brings together social service agencies from all over Western PA. This year’s theme is Food, Housing & Transportation.
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of the YWCA USA. It was founded by the YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007 and went nationwide in 2008. Stand Against Racism now attracts hundreds of thousands of participants through community partnerships with more than 60 YWCA Associations across the country. The event has the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life to raise awareness that racism still exists and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated.
The Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) helps neighborhood organizations and individuals in strategizing and problem-solving around an issue or project through individualized direct service, workshops and referrals. They are holding a kickoff event for their Love Your Neighborhood! workshops, which are a new and improved core series of eight courses this spring.
While the country witnessed a very powerful woman announcing her candidacy for President today, overall women make only $.78 for every $1 made by men. In Pennsylvania, it’s just $.76. Dig a little deeper, and the numbers are even worse: Black women in the U.S. make just $.64 and Latina women make $.54. This year, in lieu of their regular Equal Pay Day Rally, the Women and Girls Foundation is supporting two innovative programs: <100 Pop-up Shop and “The Great Debate.”
The Community Empowerment Association, in conjunction with the Homewood Neighborhood Advisory Board on Urban Affairs, is hosting a series of informational workshops and training seminars to provide both the education and the opportunity to take advantage of economic development and community benefits for the Homewood Community. These are free events that are geared toward developing financial literacy and job placement for individuals and toward providing development and financial strategies and aid for small businesses.
In February, everyone from top government officials to community, business and faith-based leaders to Steelers legend Jerome Bettis joined together to declare this summer as the “Summer of Learn and Earn.” The initiative seeks to match 1,300 economically disadvantaged youths (ages 14 to 21) from the city and 700 more from Allegheny County with summer jobs that will help position them for later careers at the city’s growing network of 21st Century employers.