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The Soul Pitt Charter for Change trip was an awesome experience!
Check out the video by Andrew Rush and the Article by Sadie Gurman from the Post-Gazette who both traveled on our charter to document our journey!
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In its 20th year of celebrating the valuable work of community leaders and advocates for youths and families, Nabhi Christian Ministries of Pittsburgh will honor four distinguished people at its annual NCM Awards dinner on Oct. 6. The theme for this 20th-anniversary edition is, “Leadership builds safe pathways for the healthy development of children.”
Dr. Larry E. Davis, one of the country’s foremost experts on race relations, is one of the NCM Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
The second Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is the Honorable Cheryl Lynn Allen, the first African-American woman elected to Pennsylvania Superior Court.
The third Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Linwood Alford of Beaver County, vice president and director of Civil Rights and Economic Justice.
The 2017 NCM Community “HERO” Leadership Award recipient is Mr. Shad Henderson, the director of Community Partnerships and Investments at Neighborhood Allies and a coordinator for Neighborhood Allies CDC and CBO partnerships.
Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine announces partnership agreement to feature our magazine at 4 Giant Eagle locations to better serve our readers.
Get your Soul Pitt Quarterly at several Giant Eagle locations. Now at Penn Hills, East Hills, Northside, and Shakespeare Giant Eagle. New fall issue coming out in October.
Ad deadline 10/6/17 @ 5:00 p.m.
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Our support for recovery is made possible by the generosity of our community partners. Join us, and keynote speaker Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams, as an event sponsor at An Evening Celebrating Recovery.
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Meet Me at the Station, a gala benefitting the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), will take place on September 30, 2017, 6-9:30 p.m. in Wilkinsburg. This inaugural event will be held on Ross Avenue, between Wood and Hay Streets, outside of the historic Wilkinsburg Train Station, which is currently being restored.
VIP (6-7 p.m.) and General Admission (7-9:30 p.m.) tickets are on sale now at www.showclix.com/event/WCDCgala or may be purchased by calling (412) 727-7855. All event proceeds will support the WCDC’s work to promote the revitalization of Wilkinsburg. Continue reading
Hip Hop jazz trio, Digable Planets, return with classics like “”Cool Like That”” after 20 years in the music industry. The trio is comprised of Brooklynite rappers Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving.
Joining them on this old school hip hop tour is Black Sheep, known for classics like “The Choice is Yours”. Black Sheep is Andres “Dres” Titus and William “Mista Lawnge” McLean.
Jackie Gage is a musical storyteller; her music is emotional, joyous, heart-wrenching, and celebratory.
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#beautybreakthroughbranding is a lifestyle, purpose, & empowerment event for women which prepares them for success in life, biz, & ministry | Nov 18th
Donna Baxter Porcher, Soul Pitt’s CEO/Founder, will be speaking at #beautybreakthroughbranding! Meet her, along with other powerful & purposeful women there!
Register @ www.beautybreakthroughbranding.com
Gateway Medical Society presents Reducing Racial Disparities in Cancer Outcomes |Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8AM
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for more info and schedule of events
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YouthBuild Program | Earn Your HS Diploma | Free Tuition for Ages 16-24 in Construction, Nursing or Customer Service/Retail
Garfield Jubilee YouthBuild Program is one of the most successful programs in Western Pennsylvania for young people ages 16 to 24 years of age.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, AUGUST 2017: Talented and young African-American professionals from Pittsburgh featured in the book “#YNGBLKPGH: Rewriting our Future, One Letter at a Time” will mentor young women who were involved in the “I am a black girl and…” project created by PublicSource.
#YNGBLKPGH’s ambassadors wrote letters directly to the young ladies who participated in the PublicSource project. These messages planted seeds of encouragement, empowerment and hope in youth who have openly spoken about the many challenges of being black girls in a region that struggles with diversity and lacks readily visible examples of African-American excellence.
The girls will also have the opportunity to meet their mentors during a special event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Repair the World in East Liberty. The 5-7 p.m. event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at publicsource.org/psevents. Continue reading
Soul Pitt would like to congratulate our friend Lorenzo Boone for being accepted to this prestigious Pittsburgh Filmakers Flight School Program. As the only African-American fellow, we are very proud of Lorenzo and we invite you take time to view his short film “Woogie” at the top of our website on Soul Pitt TV and also read more about the Flight School Fellowship cohort below!
Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) announces the acceptance of the 2017 Flight School Fellowship cohort. Flight School is an intensive and comprehensive 10-week professional artist development program. Fifteen artists working in a variety of media have been accepted as part of the 2017 Flight School Fellowship. The 2017 Flight School Fellows are:
Brittney Aston, Lorenzo Boone, Eric Boyd, Nick Childers, Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Sophie Goldstein, Ephen Hager, Stephen Knezovich, Laura Krasnow, Daniel Luchman, Jason Mendez, Jake Reinhart, Maree ReMalia, Nicole Ryan, and Hilary Schenker. Continue reading
WILKINSBURG, PA – On July 18th, the mission-driven organization “Community Forge” acquired the Johnston Elementary School at 1256 Franklin Avenue from the Wilkinsburg School District. Community Forge plans to transform the Johnston School into a community space that will be a home for small businesses, local events, municipal meetings, and educational programs. Since late 2016, Community Forge has been speaking with the School Board, City Council, the WCDC, and local Wilkinsburg residents about plans for the space. Now, after securing financing from Bridgeway Capital, renovation is beginning, and the space is slated to open to the public by November 2017. Continue reading
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Soul Pitt Quarterly’s 30th Issue with a cover story on the “Power of TWO: Partners in Passion & Purpose”
Soul Pitt Quarterly’s 30th issue with a cover story on the “Power of TWO: Partners in Passion & Purpose” profiling four married couples from our region joining forces in entertainment, healthcare, fitness and hospitality. They will surely inspire you and make you proud — #BlackLove at its finest! Additionally, within these 112 pages of our free print magazine, you’ll find it’s packed with positive images, stories to inspire & uplift the community, but most importantly, it’s all good for your Soul!
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The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania (www.aaccwp.com) announced that Marketing Executive Keeshia Muhammad has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within the Chamber. Ms. Muhammad will report to Doris Carson Williams, CCE-President and Chief Executive Officer. Continue reading
Soul Pitt Founder & CEO, Donna Baxter Porcher named one of Talk Magazine’s 100 Influential Pennsylvanians
I am pleased, honored and very humbled to be listed as #43 among 100 Influential Pennsylvanians and to join others, including MANY who I have long admired and respected. Thank you Roxanne Sewell and Talk Magazine! This was a total surprise to me and it’s definitely a blessing and a reminder from God and the universe to keep doing what I do for the community.
- Develop and document an actionable long-term Strategic Plan for the Sewickley Community Center
- Develop, plan, initiate, and oversee fundraising/grant writing activities per the priorities of the Strategic Plan
- Develop, document, and launch plan to secure funding required to hire a permanent Executive Director
- Secure plans and necessary relationships to begin renovation design for facility and property, per the priorities of the Strategic Plan
- Define and implement communication plan – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger, positive, rebranding of the SCC, per the priorities of the Strategic Plan
- Collaborate with local businesses and other non-profits to maintain and grow community outreach
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GOAL
FOR FFY 2018-2020
The Cambria County Transit Authority (CamTran) hereby announces its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program goal under guidelines of 49 CFR Part 26 and the regulations and directions of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). CamTran announces the establishment of the FFY 2018-2020 goal of 1.11614% based on relative availability of service capable DBE providers. This goal has been set based on information currently available. The rationale for this goal and supporting information regarding CamTran’s DBE program will be available for public inspection at the Cambria County Transit Authority, 502 Maple Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15901. These documents are available for inspection between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday-Friday for thirty (30) days following the publication of this notice. CamTran and the FTA/DOT will accept comments on CamTran’s DBE goal and CamTran’s DBE program for 45 days from the date of this publication. Comments should be sent to the attention of: DBE Liaison Officer, CamTran, 502 Maple Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15901 OR to Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights, 1760 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.
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Mr. Kirkland is the Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities.
Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness. I’m certain we all are familiar with these three words and what they mean. In Pennsylvania’s state government system, however, they have become much more than words – they have become a way of life.
Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf and the Wolf Administration have adopted diversity, inclusion and fairness as their guiding principles for economic development and state government operations. Governor Wolf solidified his commitment to that philosophy when he signed Executive Order 2015-11 to improve the participation of small and small diverse businesses in state government contracting and the Commonwealth’s overall economy. Continue reading
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Status: exempt, full-time
Reports to and Supervised by: Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Position Supervises: Staff, interns and volunteers
Expected Start Date: June 2017
Pay Rate: $39,000/year salary and health care benefits
This position requires the ability to work effectively with the board, supervise staff, and oversee project relationships with the Center. Expertise and demonstrated commitment to the Thomas Merton Center mission is also required. Additionally, in this position there is responsibility related to assisting in finances and operations, including building maintenance, contracts, insurance and liability, and working effectively with volunteers, interns, and community and project leaders.
By Christiana Dillard
“It’s always about being better.” Darrell Warden, hiring manager for Team Warden & Team Tri-state Group (a part of The Miles Group Insurance Agency) is the embodiment of his own statement. The agency has personnel in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and even Delaware; and their motto, “One Vision,” exemplifies their commitment to “being better.” And each day Warden personally strives to be the best.
Warden had his beginnings in Rankin, a low-income borough in the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, he refused to allow the town’s bleak environment to bring him down. He attended Full Sail University in Florida and went on to become a music executive at Bad Boy Records with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Warden was at Bad Boy for ten years before moving back to Pittsburgh to work in the mortgage loan department at PNC Bank. When he was laid off from PNC, he found out that some of his old acquaintances were forming their own insurance group, headed by Troy Miles and hopped on board. For his role as a founding member of The Miles Group, Warden became a hiring manager for his own team within the agency and hasn’t looked back since. Continue reading
Over the past few years, we’ve asked you to call your elected officials in support of funding increases to the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Thanks to your advocacy, there is increasing, bipartisan support to expand the program to help communities like Wilkinsburg continue to grow and thrive!
NAP funding leverages additional resources for Wilkinsburg while building our community’s technical capacity and infrastructure. Recent data show that $500,000 in NAP support generates $900,000 in economic activity and $32,000 in new state tax revenue that would otherwise go unrealized. Without this important source of funding and partnerships, we would not be able to continue our work to rebuild Wilkinsburg’s economy and improve our community’s quality of life.
Senators and representatives have issued co-sponsor memos to double NAP to $36 million (since 1967, the NAP budget has been stuck at $18 million statewide). This would unlock even more vital resources for housing, food security, and community organizations across the state to build partnerships with for-profit tax credit investors.
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Governor Wolf Announces Appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland as Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced the appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland to serve as the Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.
“We are excited to be bringing Kerry on board in this newly created position that will spearhead the administration’s efforts to improve the state contracting environment for our small diverse and small businesses,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We are looking forward to using his more than 38 years of experience and involvement with developing policies and programs for small diverse and small businesses to our benefit as we look for innovative ways to position these businesses for success in Pennsylvania’s economy.” Continue reading
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Healthy Start, Inc., a federally funded program, is hiring entry level Community Health Workers to identify and educate eligible participants for the Healthy Start program. We serve any resident of Allegheny County who is pregnant and/or parenting a child under 2 years of age.
The mission of Healthy Start, Inc. is to focus primarily on the reduction of infant mortality and low birth weight babies in Southwest Pennsylvania in such a way as to make valuable use of its resources, preserve program flexibility, and continue to offer seamless services with the intent to improve the quality of life for infants, toddlers, youths, siblings, parents and grandparents.
Position: Community Health Worker I – Community Health Outreach
Location: Point Breeze, Allegheny County
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PUSH co-owner Deavon Hammonds, ask Debra Bonneau five questions about what she is PUSHing through and how she is coping with being a caregiver.
1. What are you are PUSHing through right now?
Being a full-time caregiver for my mother who has severe dementia, while maintaining and taking care of myself so that I am able to be there for her.
2. How have you been able to spread the word and gain control over these circumstances?
I document our precious moments and post videos on Facebook to share and show others that they are not alone in this situation of caring for a loved one with dementia. Sharing on social media opens up a dialogue and I get feedback and give feedback to others. Follow my journey by searching on hastag #dementiaisthedevil on Facebook. Continue reading
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Attend the Cincinnati Music Festival just once, and you will realize you are embarking on a musical experience like none other. Over twenty thousand like-minded people gathered like a huge family for one purpose – to enjoy the greatest music ever created! Through the years, thousands of music lovers have fallen in love with The Cincinnati Music Festival.
Day 1 of the festival begins at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, July 28th with the following line-up:
- Mary J Blige, Kem, BBD (Bell, Biv, DeVoe), SWV (Sisters With Voices)
Day 2 begins at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 29th with the following line-up:
- Usher, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, ConFunkShun
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Our after-school program provides an opportunity for girls to interact with peers who have similar goals and ambitions, get help with their homework, learn life skills, discover their unique talents and have fun. We know that a girl’s peers are one of the major influences in her life. Providing girls with a safe environment in which to build healthy relationships can make all the difference when it comes to the decisions she makes and the future she chooses. Call us today!
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Contact: Patrick Shattuck, Council Pres.
or Donn Henderson, Borough Mgr. 412-244-2969
Borough Statement on Demolitions and Blight 1/3/17
Last week, multiple news channels have chosen to focus on recent emergency demolition projects in Wilkinsburg. While dealing with blight in the Borough can seem overwhelming at times, we would like to update taxpayers on the ongoing and pro-active efforts being undertaken by Council to deal with this daunting task.
In 2016, the Borough completed 20 demolitions and have awarded contracts for another 29 demolitions which will begin shortly. Council’s goal has been to address demolition needs proactively, receiving grant sources for demolition even with continued reductions in funding available for this purpose from traditional sources such as HUD and their Community Block Grant Program. Continue reading
On Tuesday, December 6th, Governor Wolf announced investments to support statewide economic development and infrastructure efforts and job creation through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which approved 94 projects totaling $55,068,228 in funding. The Borough of Wilkinsburg received $350,000. “The projects approved today through the Commonwealth Financing Authority will serve as a catalyst for other revitalization efforts,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “These funds will help communities and companies with projects that will improve the lives of Pennsylvania residents and further spur job growth and create new jobs.” Continue reading
Visit WilkStation.org to contribute to this landmark community project today
We kicked off the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project earlier this month, and are excited to announce we are well on our way to reaching our $3 million goal! To date, we have raised $2.5 million through grants, corporate contributions, and early pledges.
We need your help to close the gap!
Pledge your support for the project today by making a secure, tax-deductible donation at WilkStation.org.
House parties are simple ways for you to crowdfund a contribution to the Train Station Restoration Project by getting your friends, family members, and neighbors together for a good cause.
We have assembled house party kits to help you get started; contact us for more information.
#GetOnBoard and stay tuned to project updates by following the WCDC’s Train Station Restoration Project Facebook page at fb.com/WilkinsburgTrainStation