Category: Social Justice

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

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.

Become a Member of The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council of Pittsburgh

Become a Member of The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council of Pittsburgh

The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council members will be tasked with acting as a conduit to meet the needs of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ constituents. The Council will be made up of a diverse group of community members who either currently reside, work, or own a business in the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of the Council will be to increase inclusivity and progress within the LGBTQIA+ community.

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

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.

Neighborhood Allies Report to the Community: Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity for All

Neighborhood Allies Report to the Community: Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity for All

Photograph courtesy of Neighborhood Allies 2015 Report to the Community

With its roots in the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), Neighborhood Allies launched as a community development organization with a difference: They use a uniquely holistic approach. Neighborhood Allies is equal parts funder, lender, connector and consultant in order to be a real ally to distressed and transitional communities in the Pittsburgh region.

Urban Innovation21 Announces Business Grant Competition for Hill District & Homewood

Urban Innovation21 Announces Business Grant Competition for Hill District & Homewood

Urban Innovation21 (UI21) has announced their 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition. Urban Innovation21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. This public-private partnership promotes connections between underserved communities and our city’s Innovation Economy in order to help ensure that all communities benefit from Pittsburgh’s economic transformation. This will be the fourth year for the competition.

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

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.

Mayor William Peduto Calls For Peace Summit

Mayor William Peduto Calls For Peace Summit

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.

Attend the Mobility is a Civil Right Townhall on June 30th

Attend the Mobility is a Civil Right Townhall on June 30th

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.

How Would You Improve Your Community?

How Would You Improve Your Community?

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.

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Members for its Community Advisory Council

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Members for its Community Advisory Council

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).