Saturday, April 30, 2022

Fwd: Please read-- very important-- Making our City safer--Great need to increase the numbers of teens applying for City summer jobs.

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From: Richard Flanagan

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From: Richard Flanagan
Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Subject: Please read-- very important-- Making our City safe

If I can support the Mayor, PPS, P4W,  and you in any way please do not be afraid to ask. 

There is great need for a hands on youth recruitment campaign if you are going to meet your summer jobs placement numbers.

The attached scope of services should help you visualize what needs to be done. Recruitment of these teens needs to be time consuming and intensive.

More than willing to meet if you so wish. Thank you for all you do.


Rick Flanagan
Cell 412-913-4360

(Hard copy sent to the Mayor's office) (Attached and below is a proposed recruitment work scope.)

April 28, 2022

To Mayor Edward Gainey, City of Pittsburgh

From: Rick Flanagan

           Email:   Cell: 412-913-4360

I greatly appreciate your focus on teenage violence. I am writing this letter to express my concern on one of your best tools to having a peaceful summer is in trouble. With your leadership the path forward could become very positive.


I have had the opportunity to talk with some Community and Organizational leaders about the numbers of youth that are applying for your summer jobs program. My sense of things is that the numbers of applicants are down from last year. Remembering that last year's numbers were down from previous years because of the pandemic.  You may want to request a detailed report from the lead agency who you have entrusted with the management of the summer program-----Partner4Work.  I would recommend you gain specific data on the youth applicant pool coming out of neighborhoods like Homewood, Hill District, and Garfield.


Our City really needs for you take control of the situation and move towards having hundreds of our most vulnerable youth apply for summer employment. Failure to do this will result in more youth being out in the streets this summer.


For over 20 years I worked in partnership with the City on campaigning around having low income youth apply for summer employment. Presently I am retired and volunteer from time to time. I am willing to volunteer some time and support you if you wish to take control and mount a recruitment campaign.


Included with this mailing is a work scope of activities that I firmly believe will result in the applicant pool greatly increasing. Many of these activities have a direct role for you to play and other activities require your leadership to hold other leaders accountable for taking action. I have CC'd this letter to other City leadership to encourage them to get back to you with what they can do.


If you wish to meet to go over these action ideas, I am more than willing to meet. Most important to me is that our City takes control and moves to have our youth apply for your program. Time is running out.


Thank you for your leadership and I stand ready to support you.


Scope of Services For Summer Job Recruitment 2022

1. Broad Based Recruitment

a. Develop a social media outreach campaign to students and other agencies involved in the recruitment process. City should campaign to their own income eligible staff.

b. Make phone calls to students and families. Call every student that applied over the past two years. Have the City's Parks and Recreation Department call families they work with. Have Parks and Recreation take the City's lead partnering with Partner4Work on recruitment. Have Parks and Recreation be directly accountable to Mayor Edward Gainey on the success of an enhanced recruitment effort.

c. Send out recruitment text messages to students, parents, and agencies utilizing a text message service. City leadership can access a master list of 1,000's of phone numbers to text.

d. Answer or respond to phone calls from applicants, parents, and agencies. Partner4Work plays a key role in this matter as manager of the program.

e. Make copies of the template application for distribution.

f. Collect interest forms from PPS students during lunch time recruitment sessions and campaign to these students to have them follow thru on the application process. Mayor Gainey could visit a few of the schools that have the most at risk students. Make it a media event.

g. Conduct trainings helping city organizations understand the application process and encourage them to conduct recruitment activities.

h. Have Pittsburgh churches post information in their church bulletins.    

i. Distribute flyers in varying places of business that families and teens visit.

j. Conduct postal mailings and email campaigns to non-profit and corporate leadership in Pittsburgh.

k. Engage Learn and Earn contractors encouraging and supporting their efforts to recruit Learn and Earn applicants. Have these contractors understand that if summer recruitment goals are not meant there may not be adequate numbers of youth to fill their summer contracts.

l. Encourage and support the juvenile court system and Pittsburgh's foster care agencies in an effort to have their children apply for Learn and Earn.

m. Distribute the City of Pittsburgh tee shirts and other giveaways to City students that fill out a Learn and Earn interest form during lunch room recruitment session.

n. Work with the media to distribute information.



2. School Based Recruitment

a. Collaborate with Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) to have PPS make calls to their families utilizing their robo-call system. Have the Mayor be the voice on the robo-call.

b. Engage counselors and other staff at PPS, private schools and charter schools about the application process so they can aid their students in completion of the application.

c. Send emails to staff at PPS, charter and private schools.

d. Develop a close working relationship with PPS and recruit students during the school day. Go into every high school classroom and recruit.

e. Send emails to staff at charter and private schools.

f. Send a recruitment mailer out to all PPS students 14 years and older. Get mailing labels from PPS. This would be about a 6,000-piece bulk mailing. (This is very important.)

g. Post promotional materials at the schools. Create a City produced flyer or acquire a flyer from Partner4Work.

h. Encourage school based personal to lead recruitment campaigns in their schools.

i. Have schools make regular morning announcements.

j. Hands on work with PPS to conduct an ongoing systemwide recruitment campaign. Work in partnership with PPS.

*** Raise more funds from the foundation and corporate community in order to serve the larger number of applicants resulting from an intensive recruitment campaign.

*** Tie grant funding directly into the numbers of youth served.



Mark Rauterkus 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association,
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3),
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) & &

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

[Art-All-Night] Call for Artist and Volunteers for the 25th Art All Night April 23-24 2022


The 25th annual Art All Night will be held April 23rd - April 24th, 2022! This year we have a new location, 6 30th Street in the Strip neighborhood of Pittsburgh PA. The show will be open to the public from 4 p.m. Saturday all night long until 2 p.m. Sunday. View art, hear music, create art, meet friends, and make memories "All Night" long!

We invite you to submit one (and only one) piece of artwork during this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event attended by thousands of people each year. Artist registration instructions are available at where you can use the online registration system anytime. We HIGHLY recommend registering online as registration lines at the event can get long. Artists submitting art pieces must show a photo ID during both registration and pick up.

All artwork must arrive READY TO HANG or be displayed. Wall mounted pieces must be ready to hang from a nail(s). A limited number of clips will be available for unframed artwork. Registration is Saturday April 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m sharp. We do not accept any artwork after 2 p.m. Pick up is Sunday April 24th, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no exceptions.

Video artists must submit their work by Tuesday, April 19th. Please visit our website for more details.

We need everyone to help with this wonderful event by volunteering. Shifts are as short as 2 hours and we need YOU. Your help is the only way the show goes on and the only way it continues. Please help us put on one of Pittsburgh's great events. Check out the volunteer section of the website

Art All Night... No fee. No jury. No censorship. 412-235-1950

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Monday, April 04, 2022

Fwd: Don't Miss Saving Lives, Keeping the Peace This Sunday

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Don't Miss

Saving Lives,
Keeping the Peace
A Forum on Policing
and Social Justice

Sunday, April 10
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

First United
Methodist Church
5401 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232

(Revival Chili
Food Truck available at 12:00 noon)

(Vigil from
12:30 p.m. –  1:00 p.m.)


Dedicated to the memory of Jim Rogers and Peter Spencer, Black Pittsburgh residents whose tragic deaths show the need for reform and accountability.

This event will be an opportunity for participants to explore how communities of faith can be supportive of the on-going, long-term efforts of organizations that have been working with law enforcement and local government to bring about changes for the common good.  This gathering will be a space to listen, learn, ask questions, and identify how we can best do our part in this important work. Featuring guest speakers and panel discussions. Ask questions. Speak your truth. Hear from Black clergy, police, and let them hear from you!

Register online today.

Show your support - Donate today to help us continue this important, life-saving justice work.

Moving People of Faith to Action:
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Saturday, April 02, 2022

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