Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fwd: Our Changemakers celebration is just weeks away

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Honoring Our Changemakers in Pittsburgh Public Schools

Join A+ Schools for our annual Changemakers Celebration to honor teachers, parents, volunteers and students who make a difference in Pittsburgh Public Schools. 

The Pittsburgh Promise will be recognized as the Changemakers Organization of the Year, but there are many others who will be honored during the celebration. Among the honorees are: Tina Russell and Dr. Barbara Rogers, both of whom will receive the Ella Baker Leadership Award

Ms. Russell, a parent volunteer at Pittsburgh Arsenal, was described as a thoughtful, reflective and inspirational leader who provided others with the courage to become advocates. 

Dr. Rogers, a volunteer at Pittsburgh Linden, started the Reaching Outstanding Achievement Results (R.O.A.R.) initiative to help students reach literacy goals. 

Come out and cheer on the awardees. 

The event will be held at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Downtown on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

TeenBloc Rally for Bill of Rights
Youth Promise Night

Join TeenBloc for Youth Promise Night to learn more about the Pittsburgh Promise and supports that exist to help students overcome barriers to qualifying for the Promise. The event will be held at St. Paul AME Church, 400 Orchard Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15210, Beltzhoover, today, May 31, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. 

Recap: Vote School Board First

Thank you to all of the volunteers and coalition partners who made the Vote School Board First campaign a success! 

Here are some of the campaign highlights:

  • 56 volunteers and staff members out on election day covering 61 polling places
  • There was a less than 5 percent gap between those who showed up to the polls and those who voted for school board on election day
  • 16 media stories about the Vote School Board First Coalition in radio, print, TV 
  • Over 10,000 people received candidate guides from the coalition 
  • The website received over 2,000 hits 
  • Over 100 people attended the candidate forum, with 700 people watching some portion of it the night of the event via Facebook Live

Welcome, Kirk

Kirk Holbrook, recently joined the A+ Schools Board of Directors. Mr. Holbrook works for State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr. and brings over a decade of experience working with and advocating for urban communities and vulnerable youth.  

Mr. Holbrook is a former member of the A+ Schools staff. Learn more about him here.

ESSA Parent Advocacy Training

Pennsylvania PTA is hosting an advocacy training for parents and other concerned stakeholders to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how to develop skills to advocate on behalf of children. The workshop will be held at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, 107 Thackeray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

PRYSE Fundraiser

PRYSE Academy will hold a fundraiser to help support its fifth year of providing summer programming for Pittsburgh's refugee and immigrant youth. 

The fundraiser will be held at Wigle Whiskey's Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Avenue, Northside, on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

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