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The Afterschool Bookshelf:
A Book Club for Afterschool Providers!
APOST is launching a book club to provide an opportunity specifically for youth providers to connect around issues in education that are pertinent to their work. Our first book selection is "We Want to Do More Than Survive" by Bettina Love. Dr. Love was recently in Pittsburgh to discuss her work as a part of the second annual State of Black Learning Conference. She offers a fresh perspective on revolutionizing education that is relevant to both the formal and informal learning spaces. Also we will be joined by two wonderful advocates for education Tracey Reed Aramant & Michelle King as co-faciliators of the book club discussion! 

How It Works:
  • Book club sign up is open until September 20th
  • The First 15 people to sign up will receive a copy of the book!
  • APOST will send guiding discussion questions to consider as you read.
  • Participants will be invited to come together for a facilitated discussion of the book in early December 2019.

Please reach out to Kathryn Vargas at with questions.  Spaces are limited, so please sign up today!
Future Makers Workshops
Be sure to add these upcoming workshop opportunities for youth to your calendar and let your families know they are happening! September 7th is Game Design, Robotics and Coding for Grades 7-9!  What’s more fun than playing with robots and programming them yourself? Join Future Makers at the University of Pittsburgh to learn about the fundamentals of coding, create your own video game, and even race your own robot against your friends. Then, check out Beyond Cool: Virtual Reality for Grades 10-12th on September 14th! Learn all about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality! Discover the tools of the trade, explore virtual worlds, and talk about future careers involving this exciting new technology.

Click Here to learn more and to register. 
TeenBloc City-Wide Meeting
Attention all teens and youth leaders! Join TeenBloc and A+ Schools as they kick off the school year with a city-wide meeting for all 8th-12th graders on September 24th from 4:30-6PM. TeenBloc is a coalition of student leaders and organizers in Pittsburgh's high schools whose purpose is to raise the student voice and create positive change in their school communities. TeenBloc encourages other students across the city in advocacy and leadership development so they have tools to speak and make change in order to impact education in their communities. Dinner will be served and transportation (Connect Cards) will be provided. Please contact Christa Drew at for more information or to sign up to attend. 

Click here to learn more. 

The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation: grants to increase economic literacy. Deadline: September 15th
Barney Family Foundation Grants: support to benefit children in grades K-8, with emphasis on creating opportunities for better education. Deadline: September 30th
Hershey's Heartwarming Action: funding for ideas that jumpstart inclusion, empathy and kindness in your school or community. Deadline: October 31st
AAUW Community Action: grants that address issues related to the needs of women and girls. Deadline: December 1st
Save-a-lot: sponsorships and grants for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and more. Deadline: Rolling 
Empatico: Amazon giftcards for programs utilizing the Empatico online platform to build empathy. Deadline: Rolling

Lawrence Hall of Science
Answering complex scientific questions in a simple, engaging, and child-friendly manner is a difficult feat to accomplish, but Lawrence Hall of Science has pulled it off. The kid’s section of the website offers up a myriad of simple and intriguing questions in an easy-to-navigate format.

Click here to visit the website. 

Upcoming Events

September 4th: Immersive Media Educator Meetup
September 6th: Get More Math
September 8th: Plant Pursuit: Foraging 101
September 10th: Creating a Successful Marketing Plan
September 10th - 11th: 2019 PSAYDN Leadership Retreat
September 14th: STREAM Girls
September 16th: Refugee Education Workshop Series: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
September 18th: What Do I Do With This Stuff?
September 19th: Pittsburgh Youth Global Town Hall
September 20th: APOST Fall Conference 
September 23rd: CelebratED!
September 24th - 25th: Engage in the Future: Engineering Workshop
September 26th: BGEA 4th Annual Equity Summit and Awards Reception

For more events, please click the links below:

APOST Activities
FREE Trainings!

APOST Fall Conference
Friday September 20th

Trust Arts Education Center
Click here to register. 

You Decide 

Research shows that children participating in quality music programs score higher on tests and have postsecondary success, unlike their peers who do not. Yet, music programs lack funding and support. If each classroom partnered and utilized their music program within curriculum, all students would excel. With music education as a catalyst, why don't we see these teaching philosophies being integrated across all classrooms?

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