The Neighborhood Learning Alliance is non profit started ten years ago whose mission is to improve the education and opportunities of African-American and lower income families through partnerships with community and faith-based organizations. One of their programs is Reading Warriors — a six-week, summer program designed to boost booth interest and proficiency in reading for elementary-age students who are currently behind in their skills. The program partners high school students with the younger children on a one-on-one mentoring basis. The kids not only get to choose which books they’ll read — they also get to keep them.
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What would you say about a program for children that promotes healthy lifestyles, improves academic achievement, encourages environmentalism and enjoyment of nature, and encourages community involvement? That’s a program you’d want to support, right? If so, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh could use just a couple of hours of your time this summer.
Hey, Pittsburgh! What’s your favorite local business? Is it where you get you morning coffee or your go-to place for the best slice in town? Is it a bar where all your friends go? Is it an especially caring dentist or that little shop where you always find the most amazing and unique gifts? Is it Downtown or right around the corner? Well, here’s your chance to share your favorite with the rest of Pittsburgh and earn a $200 gift card to spend there.
Tomorrow will see the start of The Statewide Conference on Heritage in Downtown Pittsburgh. Our city has a wealth of well-preserved building, historic bridges and a storied industrial past which makes it a perfect setting for a conference which focuses on the preservation of Pennsylvania’s heritage. It’s being held at the historic William Penn Hotel and runs from Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19.
“Vamos Meninas!” means “Let’s Go Girls!” in Portuguese. It’s the working title of a one-hour documentary film by the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) in Pittsburgh and ELAS Women’s Social Investment Fund in Rio de Janeiro that’s currently in the production stage. Written and directed by WGF’s CEO, Heather Arnet, the film is about female presidents. It will debut on Pittsburgh’s own WQED this fall, tour college campuses, and is meant to inspire girls for generations to come.
Sustainable communities are places which have a variety of housing and transportation options. They’re communities where people don’t need to rely on cars because they can easily walk or use public transportation to go to work, to shop, to visit a doctor or to enjoy a show or eat out. They are greener by their very nature — reducing pollution by reducing the need for cars. And their emphasis on a mixture of housing options allow residents at all income levels to enjoy the benefits of living in these communities.
Advancements in technology have added convenience and availability to so many aspects of our lives with seemingly nearly everything being a mere mouse click or smartphone app away. One area which has lagged behind is local governments. For example, back in 2009, Councilman Peduto worked with two Carnegie Mellon University professors to create iBurgh — the nation’s first mobile app for city government. iBurgh made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to report neighborhood issues directly to our city’s 311 system. However, the current administration did not keep up the relationship with iBurgh and it is no longer available. But many cities are beginning to understand the value technology can bring to services for residents and to increased civic participation.
Future Tenant, an organization which provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences, and Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing our urban forest, are collaborating on a project for Arbor Aid 2013. They’ve put out a call for artists for artwork that is either made out of, or relates to, reclaimed urban wood. That wood can come from downed or removed trees, from fixtures, from flooring, from beams, etc. that have an urban source. The work will be under consideration for use in an exhibit that will be held at Future Tenant from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1, 2013. The exhibition is part of activities by Tree Pittsburgh for the 2013 Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry National Conference and the opening night Arbor Aid event on Saturday, November 2nd.
There are more than a dozen registered historic districts in the City Of Pittsburgh. We have a treasure of both homes and public buildings that are more than one hundred years old — it’s part of what makes Pittsburgh special. But these buildings aren’t just beautiful to look at, they encourage economic development as people find neighborhoods with architectural character a desirable place to live. Additionally, preserving and adapting an existing building is a key element of sustainable development.
While Pittsburgh has been rightly celebrated as America’s “Most Livable City,” the renewal has not been citywide — many neighborhoods have not shared in the growth and progress. The Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) mission is to serve as a new catalyst for raising the opportunity level for all of the city’s communities and their residents. One of the ways they do this is through their Catalytic Projects Grant Program.