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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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As in past years, we have $3,000 available, which may be awarded in its entirety or in smaller amounts, depending on the number and quality of applications received.
Last year’s award winners included Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh for a community project in the 1300 block of Franklin, where the tragic shooting took place in March 2016; Pittsburgh Urban Christian School for Robotics Camp scholarships for Wilkinsburg students; and Union of African Communities in Southwestern PA for a youth aquaponics program.
Applications for the 2017 program are being accepted NOW through May 5, 2017. All grant-funded projects must be completed by August 31, 2017.
Interested applicants can download an application or pick one up at our office (1001 Wood St.) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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.
Kingsley Community Center
6435 Frankstown Ave. Pgh, PA 15206
For more information contact 412-223-6742
The Right Now’s pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz’s captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2009 the band has toured much of the United States and released two acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
Ticket Price: ADV: $7, DOS: $10
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242 51ST STREET, PITTSBURGH, PA 15201
Join us at the “I am an Overcomer” Fashion Show at the Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh for a night of fashion, prizes, and surprises featuring MC Prophet Beverly and designs by Leesa Kessler, Bria Petite, Micah’s Masterpieces, Krista Wilhelm, and Ameela Boyd. Tickets are only $20 and proceeds will benefit Crisis Center North and the victims of domestic violence. See you there!
$20 Cash payments only at the door.
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Three Rivers Youth 2017 Nellie Leadership Awards Gala | Celebrates Families on May 12 at the Twentieth Century Club | 6-9PM
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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Image 1: Frank Walker Law Found Guilty;
Image 2: Attorney Frank Walker Presents the Check. Omega Psi Phi Brothers Michael Harrell 01′ & Frank Walker 99′
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LOCAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOUND GUILTY
PITTSBURGH, PA (PittsburghNewsWire.com) — Criminal Defense Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker law continues to lead the way in Community involvement by donating his time, effort and resources to causes that are important in the Community. This time, Attorney Walker gives back by agreeing to be the lead sponsor of the 20th Annual Historically Black College Tour, sponsored by the local Iota Phi Chapter of his Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.According to tour director, Michael Harrell, “the tour runs from April 8, 2017 – April 15, 2017 and will cover 13 Historical Black Universities and Colleges where students will meet with College representatives on each campus to discuss the college curriculum, student life, costs and scholarship opportunities. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit historical landmarks on the campuses of the Colleges and Universities. To date, the tour has positively impacted the lives of over 900 African American high school students from the Western Pennsylvania Area to achieve greater educational and career aspirations.”
Panel Discussion: Diversity in Ballet
4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 // August Wilson Center
Join dancers and artistic directors for a thought-provoking discussion on the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the art of ballet. Free and open to the public. Panelists include artistic directors Virginia Johnson, of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Terrence S. Orr, of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; dancers from both companies; and PBT Education and Community Engagement Director Christina Salgado. Darryl Ford-Williams, vice president of content for WQED Multimedia, will moderate the discussion, which includes a Q&A session. Register here.
Meet the Artists: The Story of Our Collaboration
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, // Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood // Register here.
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 // Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny // Register here.
Try out simple ballet steps, meet ballet dancers from both companies and learn the story of this exciting cross-company collaboration. Perfect for kids and families. Free and open to the public.
Informance: Discussion & Demonstration
4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 // Point Park University’s George Rowland White Performance Studio // Register here.
4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 // University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall // Register here.
Explore the training and technique of classical ballet through engaging commentary and dancing by DTH and PBT artists. The program includes repertory excerpts, an audience engagement activity and a Q&A session. Free and open to the public.
The Borough of Wilkinsburg will unveil a new logo and launch a newly developed web site on Wednesday, March 8th beginning with an event from 4-6 p.m. The launch and unveiling culminate many months of work by Borough Elected Officials, Staff and web developer, Imagebox. Councilwoman, Marita Garrett, is Chairperson of the Social Media and Promotions Committee who had oversight of the project and says she is excited for the new logo and web site. “Council wanted a site that is as informative and as useful as possible for residents. We think this one is just that” said Garrett. “The site is flexible and can be programmed internally allowing for quick information updates and postings as things change” she added. The site will offer bill pay for certain payments by the end of the year as well.
The new site is available at www.wilkinsburgpa.gov . Additionally, The Borough also has an active facebook page and twitter.
The event will be held at Salvatore’s Pizza House 612 Penn Ave. and with remarks beginning at 5:15 pm. The new site will be demonstrated and the new logo revealed at that time. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
Shelby Wilson becomes a Resident Advisor because it will look good on her resume, but a racially charged incident on campus has set student against student, and it’s up to Shelby to mediate. With compassion and a deep understanding of the issues at play, Baltimore tackles the complexities of racism in America from the perspective of eight different college students.
Funding for Baltimore was made possible in part by the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.
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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
Janet K. Ruffing
Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership,
Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn.
Friday, March 10, 2017 | 7-9 PM
and / or
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 9-4 PM
@ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
John Knox Room, Long Hall
CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS & TO REGISTER
CLEANSE | MOISTURIZE | HYDRATE
“The earth bring forth the grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit…and the evening and the morning were the Third Day.”
Our mission is to use Ingredients so pure and simple they could have come from one of the earliest gardens on earth.
We are seeking contestants for our next culinary competition,
“Battle of the Seas!”
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Judge Woodruff, making his acceptance speech as he received the endorsement for Pennsylvania Supreme Court from the state Democratic Committee. 2.11.2017 (Harrisburg, PA)
After choking up a bit, he spoke strongly and promised to represent the people of Pennsylvania well and make them proud. He received a standing ovation from approx. 300 delegates. What a blessing!
Official announcement is this Wednesday February 15th at 10:30am in the courtyard of the courthouse.
Expired: Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) is hiring a Vacant Property Coordinator
The ideal candidate must have a strong understanding of state and local laws, policies, and procedures as they relate to the disposition of vacant and/or tax delinquent properties. Candidates with a background in urban studies, public or business administration, public policy, or similar field are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by March 5th.
In the United States, 80 to 90 percent of business organizations are privately held and account for half of the nation’s employment and Gross National Product (US Bureau of Census). Some of the biggest named companies in the world are closely held or family-owned businesses such as Walmart, Mars, Gore-Tex, and Estee Lauder. They are an economic force.
The Pittsburgh region has been a leading supporter of family and closely-held business, and during our dynamic panel discussion, you’ll hear firsthand about the unique challenges the leaders of these businesses face. Our distinguished panelists will offer important lessons on how to grow your company and position it for future success. They will also discuss the overlap of family and business issues.
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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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Hi, I’m Angel from Pittsburgh, PA. When I was a freshman, a beautiful and confident black woman who was a senior at my school threw a black youth summit. At the time, I had no idea what was in store. But it changed my life for sure. I learned about colorism, the history of the N word and many other topics that relate to the black community. I left that day feeling enlightened, knowledgeable and most importantly empowered.
Through the years I have been waiting for another one to happen. Sadly, it never did. However, there were very small events amongst the black students that attend independent schools in the Pittsburgh area. These were great but I felt that the black students in Pittsburgh were not together. The public school students stayed with their people and the independent school students stayed with theirs. This saddened me because I know the potential we all have together and the strength we would possess if we could all just come together.
Therefore, for my senior year, I decided to host my own black youth summit. The point of this summit is to bridge the gap between the black public school students and the black independent school students. Under one roof everyone can come together and build a huge network of support and empowerment. This can only happen with your help! The money will be going towards the food and supplies for the event. Please feel free to donate any amount, anything helps. Thank you.
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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- All at reasonable prices for this 2 day music extravaganza
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P.S. Do your family, friends and co-workers a big favor and let them know. Thanks!
Lawyer and Trustee Rosemary Crawford Announces Run For Court of Common Pleas Judge For Allegheny County
Pittsburgh: Local attorney, trustee, arbitrator and mediator Rosemary Crawford has officially announced today that she is a candidate for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge.
Crawford, of Allison Park, is rated “highly recommended” by the Allegheny County Bar Association based on 27 years as an attorney, which includes a broad range of legal experience and public service. She is a former prosecutor and civil trial attorney with the Pennsylvania Department of Justice who has worked as Director of YWCA Legal Resources and a trial attorney with Pittsburgh’s finest law firms in addition to serving on the Boards of Neighborhood Legal Services and Pennsylvania Legal Services.
In 2015, Crawford ran for judge and received 21,000 votes, at which time she was also the only candidate endorsed by every major newspaper: Post-Gazette, Tribune Review and the Pittsburgh Courier. She then received 26,000 votes when she ran in 2015. Continue reading
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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
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!
Or visit our website at www.gwensgirls.org
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
Eight new graduates across Point Park University’s four schools shared their thoughts about who has helped them along their journey to earning a master’s degree from Point Park. Below is the response from a friend of Soul Pitt, Mr. Lorenzo Boone:
Lorenzo Boone, M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage
“To begin, I have to acknowledge my 85-year-old mother, who I am fortunate to still have with me. It is her lost opportunities and dreams that I carry on my shoulders daily. Through her life, I recognize that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Professors Nelson Chipman and Elise D’Haene also played a significant role in my development, and gave me incentive to keep driving towards my goals. They helped me believe that my style of storytelling and the voice that accompanies it needs to be told. They convinced me that even though it may not be traditional or mainstream, it has a place and it has merit.”
SOUL PITT CONGRATULATES LORENZO ON HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT!