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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. 


Stimulating Simulating and Sugar, Spice & Coding is Nice  

If you have a love for gizmos and gadgets, a desire to design and destroy, and a penchant for pondering the wonders of our world then Be STEMtacular is the place for you! These free virtual events are for middle school students grades 5 - 9.

Stimulating Simulating
Date: Tuesday, January 19th 4:30 - 5:30 pm 
DNA gives animals their looks, but does it also give them an advantage? See how an animal’s DNA helps or hinders their chances of survival by controlling natural selection in an online simulation with Venture Outdoors. Register Here!

Sugar, Spice & Coding is Nice 
Dates: Saturday, January 23rd, Saturday February 20th, and Saturday, March 20th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm   
Read and reflect on the book, “Sophie Washington, Code One” by Tonya Duncan Ellis over this three-event series. Join YWCA to explore ideas of female friendship, perseverance and computational thinking while participating in a series of coding themed activities to bring computer science to life. Register here!

The deadline to register for these events is Monday, January 11th. For more information on these events and directions on how to register, click the links above to be directed to the flyer or visit United Way of Southwestern PA's website here! 

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 head into a new year filled with new possibilities!

Foundations of Anti-Racist, Trauma-Informed and Health
Date: 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!

Collective Knowledge Session on Anti-Racism 
Date: Wednesday, January 13th 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
In this follow up session facilitated by Hip Hop Ed's Timothy Jones, we'll dive deeper into concepts discussed the week prior and think about the ways we can be more mindful when attempting to incorporate these foundations into the work we do with youth. Register 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 

Health Resources for Children and Families

Community Health Department at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has a list of health resources for children and families.

Check them out here!


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  

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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Teen Entrepreneurship Competition


School 2 Career and the University of Pittsburgh Library System are offering a six-week Teen Entrepreneur competition. High school students in the PPS district can learn how to create their own business and earn startup money. Students will receive free course packets, training from successful entrepreneurs and could win money to start their own business! Spaces are limited and the deadline for applications is January 6, 2021.

View the flyer and learn how to register here!



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