Summer Swim Camp

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, along with Neighborhood Learning Alliance, is hosting a Summer Dreamers Swim and Water Polo Camp for elementary and middle-school kids this summer! Young folks can make a splash, cool off, have fun and learn water skills all at the same time. In addition, kids gets help boosting their reading and math skills; transportation is provided. For more information about either working as a counselor or enrolling your children, visit our website.

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.

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 www.citizensbank.com/scholarship. 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 http://www.evo-pgh.org/ or call            412-414-2993  for more information.