Friday, April 29th is Arbor Day — a holiday in which we’re all encouraged to plant and care for trees. It was founded in 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted on the very first Arbor Day. This Arbor Day, Tree Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, will be celebrating the holiday by holding a tree seedling giveaway in Pittsburgh’s Market Square!
Of course most of you will be voting in Pennsylvania’s primary race on Tuesday, April 26th, but after that, you have another chance to vote. MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh will be holding Pitch Fest at Duquesne University also on the 26th. Pitch Fest is their annual Elevator Pitch event (an elevator pitch is a pitch which can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride, say if you happened to run into someone important there). Pitch Fest provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and then receive constructive feedback from a panel of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?”
Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year’s program.
April 22nd is Earth Day, but here in Pittsburgh, we’ll be celebrating citywide from Thursday, April 21st to Sunday, April 24th! This year’s theme is “Steel to Sustainable” — honoring our transformation from Steel City to a thriving home for green innovation. Come out and help celebrate all the advancements made in sustainability, technology, and innovation where people live, work, and play!
You see them in pretty much every neighborhood. Weed-filled or strewn with garbage. A waste of space and energy. We’d all like to see vacant lots properly maintained. GTECH is currently partnering with UrbanKind Institute (Dr. Jamil Bey), Fourth Economy Consulting, Pitt’s University Center on Social Urban Research (UCSUR), A. Phillip Randolph Institute, City Source Associaties, KRJ Contracting, Landforce, the Hilltop Men’s Group, and YouthPlaces to help redesign and relaunch the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vacant land maintenance process.
While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and “best of” lists, Mayor Peduto — and others — have lamented that there are “two Pittsburghs.” While Pittsburgh my be “most livable” for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a “Just Pittsburgh” would look like…
Did you know that Homewood was voted “Favorite Neighborhood on the Course” by runners in the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon? It was number one because of the great community support on race day including their water station. For this year, Homewood will build up to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon by holding a series of community focused events. These three events are a creative collaboration by six organizations in Pittsburgh including: Operation Better Block, GTECH Strategies, Repair the World, Whistle, Homegrown (a program of Phipps Conservatory) and Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. You’re cordially invited to participate in any or all of them to help Homewood bring home the gold again!
The Women and Girls Foundation’s Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar. So, there is much more work to do!
Pittsburgh is blessed with a wealth of world-class museums. This summer, your child can take full advantage of the renowned permanent exhibitions like the Scaife Galleries and “Dinosaurs in Their Time” at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The Carnegie Museums are offering a wide array of week-long half- and full-day camps for kids from preschool through high school from
June 13 to August 26.