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PPS Summer Dreamers Academy 2021 RFP

Pittsburgh Public Schools is looking for enrichment providers to support the 2021 Summer Dreamers Academy!

The Summer Dreamers Academy (SDA) is Pittsburgh Public Schools 27-day premier summer learning camp- for free! At SDA, we aim to encourage a passion for learning and exploration and to motivate our campers to persist in the face of challenges. Our afternoon enrichment activities play a key part in helping our campers to develop the curiosity, self-confidence, and perseverance that are at the core of these two goals.

To ensure that we offer a wide variety of unique, fun, engaging, and educational afternoon enrichment activities each summer we ask that you consider submitting a proposal as an afternoon enrichment provider! Please click the link below to download a copy of the RFP.

All submissions are due on January 15, 2021 by 5:00pm

**CLICK HERE to download the RFP**

If you have questions about the RFP, please contact Melanie Claxton at, or visit the PPS website for more information. 

Next Up for Lunch Break with the CLN!


The professional learning series “Lunch Break with the Creative Learning Network” is well underway! Don’t miss out on our next two offerings to continue your professional growth as we close out this year and head into 2021!

Creating Positive Environments - Wednesday, December 16th 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn the approach of working with youth within a positive, motivational, and supportive environment through the incorporation of the 5 C’s into programming: competence, confidence, connection, character, and contribution. Register here!

Foundations of Anti-Racist, Trauma-Informed and Health – Wednesday, January 6th 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

In this session, participants will gain an understanding of foundational principles related to the intersection of antiracism, trauma-informed, and holistic health in OST programs for the purpose of supporting young people of Color. Register here!


Helping Kids Cope with the Holidays During the Pandemic   

This has definitely been a strange and stressful year for kids and families. The upcoming holidays are likely to be particularly challenging. Here are a few thoughts and suggestions:

1. Make your plans in advance, if possible, and tell your kids what’s happening, when and why. Kids can adjust to lots of changes, but uncertainty and indecision increases stress and anxiety.

2. Try and retain as many traditions as possible, even if in a modified form. Make an extra effort to connect by phone, Zoom or FaceTime with friends and relatives you’d normally see.

3. Consider cooking familiar dishes from past celebrations.

4. Make sure kids understand why this year is different and why people aren’t traveling as much as usual. Gear your explanations to their age and developmental level using words and concepts they can understand.

5. If kids get moody or frustrated, acknowledge their feelings in an open, honest and consistent manner. Let them know that lots of people are working hard to bring the pandemic to an end as quickly as possible and that they will be able to travel for the holidays and visit relatives at some time in the future.

See the flyer here!

Learning and Leadership Grants: Grants available for educational support staff who work in school buildings. Grant range $2,000 to $5,000. Deadlines: December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
Teaching Tolerance: Grants that educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Deadline: Rolling
W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Racial Equity 2030. A Call for Bold Solutions to Drive an Equitable Future. $90 million to build and scale ideas for closing the racial equity gap so all children, families and communities can be more secure in their trust of the systems and institutions that serve them. Deadline: February 25, 2021.
Book Bank: New and donated books and resources. Deadline: Rolling. 
Pittsburgh Foundation: is establishing an emergency action fund for nonprofits. More info to come as they release details. Deadline: TBD
Emergency Fund for Artists: potential $500 support from GPAC for artists at a loss of income due to coronavirus. More emergency arts funding resources here. Deadline: Rolling
Peace First: $250 grants to youth 13-25 for projects developed to address community response to COIVD-19. Deadline: Rolling
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Artist and Administration Support Small Grants: $250 grants. Deadline: Ongoing 
Youth-Led COVID-19 Human Services Initiative Grants: $2,500-$10,000 grants. Deadline: Ongoing 
Trans Community Support During COVID Crisis Grants: Up to $10,000 grants. Deadline: Ongoing
Girls and Gender Expansive Youth of Color Support Grants: Up to $25,000 grants. Deadline: Ongoing
Social Justice Grassroots Organization Support During COVID Crisis Grants: About $1,000 grants. Deadline: Ongoing 

APOST Upcoming PD Offerings 


The Creative Learning Network has launched a professional learning series, “LUNCH BREAK WITH CLN”. This series will include nine weeks of workshops held on Wednesdays from 11:30 am -1:30 pm starting November 4, 2020. 
Topics will include: 
-Social Emotional Learning  
-Foundations of Anti-racist, Trauma-informed and Health  
-Stages of Youth Development 
-Creating Positive Environments 
-Youth Voice 
-Three Collective Knowledge Sessions will be paired with the trainings on SEL, Anti-racist, and Youth Voice 
Don't miss out on your chance to register here!

Employment Opportunities

Latino Community Center: SOY (Supporting Our Youth) Pgh Elementary School Assistant  

Sarah Heinz House: Program Director-LifeSkills Director

ELIE Circle: Antiracist Dialogues for Action Presenter (Volunteer)

YWCA: After-School STEM Educator

Assemble Pittsburgh: In-House Programs Manager

Manchester Youth Development Center: Teacher Assistant (PT & FT) 

Manchester Youth Development Center: Virtual and In-Person Group Leader 

YMCA: STEAM Program Coordinator 

YMCA: STEM Program Instructor 

SHIM: Academic Support Teacher-PT (pg, 1) (pg.2

Environmental Charter School Careers 

Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center: Kitchen Coordinator 

Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center: Lead Teacher (pg. 1) (pg. 2)

To post jobs in this section, please contact Jaron Paul.

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Let There Be Light


What creates the light in our light bulbs? Is it possible to illuminate our mouths? Join Venture Outdoors to discover how light can create some neat things in nature through a sunlight diffraction experiment and a minty surprise.

Don’t miss out on your chance to register your youth for this event happening later today!

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