PITTSBURGH, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor William Peduto joins Cities of Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, and the Rockefeller Foundation in announcing today the 10 cities which together form the first Resilience AmeriCorps cities in the United States. The cities of Anchorage, Ala., Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas, Minot, N.D., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla. were selected for local vulnerability to climate-related risk, demonstrated commitment or efforts to improve environmental resilience, and city government capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps in their cities.
Girls Rock! Pittsburgh empowers girls of “all definitions, abilities and backgrounds.” They’ve built a community where girls support each other rather than tear each other down through the making of music. Participants can play any kind of music they want. And while they do, they’re building their self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, and mutual respect and cooperation.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today upon the death of Pittsburgh philanthropist Elsie Hillman:
“I am greatly saddened at the death of my friend and advisor Elsie Hillman. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Henry and the whole Hillman family…
Are you a resident of The Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Pittsburgh Hilltop, Millvale, or Wilkinsburg? Are you a leader who cares passionately about your community? Do you want to connect with other leaders and help determine how resources will be committed in those neighborhoods? If so, you can still apply for consideration to become a member of Neighborhood Allies’ Community Leadership Forum until the end of the day, tomorrow, July 31, 2015.
If you’re a kid, it’s tough enough to face the end of summer vacation without the very real worry of not having enough money in the family budget to purchase school supplies, or a backpack, or even for a warm winter coat that fits. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section is joining five other NCJW sections to launch their new “Back 2 School Store” (B2SS). The project is a means to help underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. Approximately 200 elementary school students from pre-qualified families will be given the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost!
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2015) – The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Pittsburgh to be part of a new national initiative, City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation, to improve outcomes during the first five years of life for children in communities across the nation. As part of this initiative, NLC has selected a total of seven cities to participate in an early learning network.
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.