The portico of the City County Building was the setting for a major showing of support for Bill Peduto for mayor. Nearly 40 unions, organizations, and elected officials, were present. Team Peduto has the momentum to win on Election Day. With your continued support, we will change Pittsburgh. Election Day is May 21. Make sure you vote and bring a friend or two! You can see the list of endorsers to date here.
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Several years ago, New York City embarked on an innovative experiment to determine if they could help people living in poverty begin to save money in savings accounts. Working with the federal government and a group of behavioral economists, New York City officials created a program called SaveUSA. The idea behind the program is that creating incentives for low- and moderate-income people to begin saving money would relieve some of the pressure on their families, allow them to make the purchases that would bring them closer to the middle class, and expand financial literacy and responsibility. The results of the experiment were remarkable. The 1,600 New York City families who participated in the SaveUSA program had saved nearly $1 million dollars after the first year, more than $600 per family. New York City officials believe that SaveUSA can be a path out of poverty for many of the families who participate. I believe it can work for Pittsburghers, too.
Building financial literacy is one of the best ways that government can help people work their way out of poverty and debt and begin to build a sustainable financial foundation for themselves and their families. There are many programs available at the state and federal levels to aid low- and moderate-income families with their finances but it can often be difficult to find out about them or gain access to them. Many cities across the country have pulled all of these resources together into physical locations where people can go to learn more about them and to take advantage of them. There are already a few great nonprofit groups in Pittsburgh doing bits and pieces of this work and I would like to work with them to pull together everything under one roof and help connect them to the people who need these services the most. I will create Financial Empowerment Centers in Pittsburgh that help people take advantage of these important opportunities.
With less than one month until Election Day, Mayoral candidate Bill Peduto is focusing on opportunities this week as part of web-based initiative to reveal his plan to change Pittsburgh. His 100 Days/100 Policies initiative this week will include Summer Youth Employment in High-Tech Industries, ReBuild Pittsburgh, Financial Empowerment Centers, and Fresh Food Initiatives.
Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides paid job opportunities for several hundred Pittsburgh youth each year. The program gives kids an opportunity to gain some real-world work experience, make a bit of money, and make connections with employers and other youth. The program is a joint venture of the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and corporate sponsors and allows kids between the ages of 14 and 21 to apply to participate. The Summer Youth Employment Program is a fantastic partnership and something that we absolutely must continue to support. However, I would like to bring in a more diverse set of site partners and allow kids to enter a broader field of summer jobs that will better prepare them for the kinds of jobs that are available in our region. We must expand the program to provide kids exposure to jobs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
Pittsburgh’s 14th Ward Democratic Club today endorsed Bill Peduto for Mayor. This endorsement is one of more than 20 endorsements Peduto has garnered for the Democratic Primary. The 14th Ward is largest in the city. Approximately 18 percent of the vote for the upcoming election is expected to come from the 14th Ward, representing Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, and North Point Breeze. “I am very proud to have received the endorsement of the 14th Ward Democratic Club,” says Peduto. “They represent voters who are committed to progressive change in Pittsburgh government.”
#31 Mayor’s Summer Reading Program: Challenging Kids to Improve Their Reading Skills Outside of the Classroom
In the era of high-stakes testing and the immense pressure put on parents, teachers, and kids to perform in reading and math the idea of reading for enjoyment can often be lost in the rush to acquire the technical skills necessary to succeed on the tests. Yet every study has shown that kids who are nurtured and develop habits of reading for enjoyment are much more successful academically later in life. We need to find new ways to help promote reading not as a task that must be completed but as a form of enjoyment and relaxation that supports a child’s imagination and becomes a fulfilling habit throughout their entire lives. Mayors across the country have created successful Summer Reading Programs that I would like to emulate as Mayor of Pittsburgh. But we have something they don’t –- we have an incredible system of Carnegie Libraries that are in a class of their own in the United States. I will work with the CLP to create the nation’s finest Summer Reading Program and inspire a new generation of kids to pick up a book for fun, not just because they have to.
Pittsburgh has, on average, an older population than many cities of similar size and, as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age, tens of thousands of people will be leaving the workforce or looking for job opportunities in new fields. For 25 years, the University of Pittsburgh ran an innovative intergenerational teaching and learning program called Generations Together. The program was designed to help retiring seniors or seniors transitioning into new fields find opportunities, both paid and volunteer, to connect with younger generations and impart their skills, wisdom, and interests. This occurred both inside and outside of schools. Generations Together was nationally recognized as one of the most successful and innovative programs to bring people of all generations together to learn and share. And it wasn’t just kids that benefited. The interplay and interaction was an enriching experience for the seniors who participated as well. As Mayor, I will work with the University of Pittsburgh and other stakeholders to bring back Generations Together and create new opportunities for intergenerational teaching and learning.
Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22nd, and I’d love for you to join me and a hundred of our closest friends to celebrate in style at the Mansions on Fifth from 6-8pm.