Graduation Champions Training

Become a part of the movement to help every Pittsburgh Public School student graduate! Come to a Graduation Champions Training hosted by Neighborhood Learning Alliance and sponsored by the Heinz Endowments and the Grable Foundation. Topics include:

· Graduation requirements for Pittsburgh Public School students

· Support resources available to students

· Strategies to prepare students for post-graduation success, and more!

· Attendees will receive comprehensive graduation guides to share with their students and staff!


Date: Wednesday, May 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Homewood-Brushton YMCA Multipurpose Room A

7140 Bennett Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15208


To RSVP, please contact Alyse Alexander at: 412-573-9852


Train to Be a Lifeguard

To help area residents prepare for the responsibility of being lifeguards, the American Red Cross is hosting its annual Lifeguard Training School in Pittsburgh May 10 to 13 and May 17 to 20, offering new lifeguard training and recertification classes. Every year, the local Red Cross certifies hundreds of locals in lifeguarding skills. Participants learn lifesaving skills – including First Aid, CPR and AED – which prepare them to handle aquatic emergencies with responsibility and knowledge.

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training School will be held in the Trees Hall Pool at the University of Pittsburgh, located at Darrah Street and Allequippa Street in Oakland. Numerous class options will be offered.

To gain new lifeguard certification, which is valid for two years, students should attend all four days of either session A or B. The cost for full certification is $350.

SESSION A (all four days must be attended for full certification)
Thursday, May 10; 6 – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 11; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 12; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 13; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

SESSION B (all four days must be attended for full certification)
Thursday, May 17; 6 – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 18; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 19; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 20; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To qualify for entry, candidates must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled class; swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing; tread water for two minutes using only the legs; and complete a timed event within one minute and 40 seconds (swim 20 yards, surface dive into deep water, retrieve a 10-pound object, swim back to the starting point, then remove the object without a ladder or steps).

Candidates will learn proper lifeguard and rescue techniques; how to treat injuries and other medical emergencies; how to administer CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED); and will earn certification for employment opportunities that can make a difference in people’s lives.

The cost is $350 for the full course; $200 for recertification (last three days of each session) and $110 for CPR and AED certification (Saturday, May 12 or Saturday, May 19).

For more information or to register, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Job Fair in Lawrenceville

The East End Works Collaborative is sponsoring a giant job fair at the Teamsters Temple, 4701 Butler Street, in Lawrenceville, on Wednesday, May 2 from 4 to 6:30 pm. Some of the 50+ employers who will be available to talk and take applications:

A for the People Institute • A Second Chance, Inc. • A. Phillip Randolph Institute • AARP Worksearch • Allegheny County Mobile Health Unit •  Allegiance Staffing • Alorica • Army Strong Community Center • BNY Mellon • CCAC • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh • Community Options, Inc. • DISH Network, LLC • Family Dollar • Fidelity Bank • First Commonwealth Bank • Gateway Health Plan • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank • HCR Manorcare • Home Instead Senior Care • JobCorps • Just Harvest • Loving Care Agency • Macy’s • McConway & Torley, LLC • Milestone Centers •  MonValley Unemployed Committee • New Century Careers • Northshore Community Alliance • Omni William Penn • PA Health Access Network • PA Wants to Work • Pittsburgh Building Trades Apprenticeship Program • Primerica Financial • Rosedale Tech • Sam’s Club • Traveler’s Aid • TRG Customer Solutions • Two Men and a Truck • United HealthCare (CHIP) • University of Pittsburgh • UPMC • West Penn Allegheny Health System • Western PA Operating Engineers • Wholey’s • YouthLINK … and many more!

Bring your resume!

If you can’t make the fair, visit the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center at 5321 Penn Avenue, or call 412-362-8580.


Celebrate National Women’s Health Week on Saturday May 19

From 1 to 3 p.m., in CCAC’s Tom Foerster Student Center, 800 Ridge Avenue, celebrate National Women’s Health Week with a free multi-generational event with activities for women, girls, and the whole family. The event features an appearance by Bev Smith, Pittsburgh’s own nationally syndicated, award-winning radio talk show host. Chef Jesse Sharrard will demonstrate farmers market cooking — and samples will be available to taste!

Additional activities include Passport to Health, featuring tips for a healthier you at every age, a performance by Just One, Bidwell Presbyterian Church Mime Ministry, and free prize drawings. All adults attending will receive reusable shopping bags filled with goodies, including a cookbook with recipes from the event.

Kids ages 5 and up can visit the Kid Zone, for a hula hoop contest (with free hula hoops while supplies last!), prizes, and games, and to taste different fruits and vegetables.

PetSmart Is Hiring

PetSmart, the national pet supply chain, is opening a new store in East Liberty in the EastSide development on May 21 (where Borders used to be). They are now hiring for the following positions:

* Retail Cashier

* Retail Pet Products Associate

* Retail Early Morning Stocker

* Retail Pet Care Associate

* Retail Pet Bathers

* Pet Stylist Grooming Associate

Applications at, store # 2302. Check the option “I was invited to apply.”

If you need help with your online application, come to the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, 5321 Penn Avenue, between 9 and 5 any day.

College Scholarships from Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank has announced that the application period for its annual TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program will begin on Sunday, April 1 and close on Monday, April 30, 2012. Citizens launched the scholarship program last year, awarding a total of $50,000 to college students whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in their communities.

This year, 40 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and current college students across the country who are attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program and who have been active in community service. The scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Forty scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded to students by Citizens Financial Group. One winner will receive $5,000; four winners each will receive $2,500; and 35 winners each will receive $1,000. Applicants are asked to write an essay of no more than 250 words or to record an up to 60-second video explaining the responsibility and leadership skills they have developed through their community service experience. For full details, rules and to apply, go to The application deadline is April 30, 2012 and winners will be announced this summer.

SOUNDWAVES Applications Being Accepted

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, in partnership with Union Project, is now accepting applications for SOUNDWAVES, a new steelband ensemble for teens. Participation is free, but registration and an audition are required. Students who are 13-18 that have a passion for playing music are encouraged to apply. A small instrumental rental fee will be charged. The six-week program will culminate in a public performance at the theater, while rehearsals will be held at Union Project in Highland Park. Applications are due on Monday, April 2. View the application here or learn more about SOUNDWAVES  here.

Earthen Vessels Outreach Celebrates New Space

This Friday, March 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., Earthen Vessels Outreach invites you to celebrate the completion of their newest space — the Pacific Sanctuary. Come to 250 S. Pacific Avenue to tour the new building, meet staff members, and learn about how the EVO impacts the lives of families and youth living in the Pittsburgh’s East End. Refreshments will be provided. Visit or call            412-414-2993  for more information.