Certified Application Counselor Training

Want to help people enroll in affordable health coverage? The BGC and the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center are hosting a training this Saturday, Nov. 8, for volunteers to become an Affordable Care Act Certified Application Counselor. The training is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5321 Penn Avenue. Call 412-206-1298 to register.

Congratulations to Ryan England

ryanAt the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s annual meeting on Oct. 27, Ryan England was given the Father Leo Henry Founder’s Award for his service to our community.

Ryan has been involved with the BGC’s Housing and Land Use Committee, Garfield Community Action Team, and countless other community projects.

Congratulations, Ryan, and thank you for your service!

Join our board of directors

If you’d like to take your community involvement to the next level, consider joining the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s board of directors.

We’ll be hosting an orientation session for potential board members at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Community Activity Center, 113 N. Pacific Ave. in Garfield. Light dinner will be served.

Potential board members with an interest in youth education, career development, and revitalization are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP to Aggie Brose, 412-441-6950 x15, by Friday, Sept. 19.

DHS Summer Food Service Program for Youth

From June 11 through August 17, 2012, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will operate the SummerFood program, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for children up to 18 years old, as well as eligible individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities 19 years of age and  older.

Nutritious meals will be available on weekdays at more than 100 sites throughout Allegheny County. A site supervisor and accompanying staff will be present to ensure the well-being of the children.

For the most current information about the SummerFood program, including site locations, starting dates, meal times and disability eligibility, call toll-free at 1-800-851-3838 or visit the Food Assistance page on the DHS website http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/food.aspx#summerfood .

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

Email: trainings@neighborhoodlearning.org

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 RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.