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Grants Up to 100k for OST Programs

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications from afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. In total, $1.35 million in grants will be awarded to programs all across the country. This is the fifth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, bringing the total amount awarded to $6.15 million. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide—take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you and apply today!

 Read the full application and eligibility requirements, and join our webinar on January 14 at 2 PM ET to learn more about this opportunity. Applications are due February 1, 2021 at 5pm E.T.

Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion, should a program be in a position to do so. Applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade and how they are continuing to serve youth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Two-year grant applicants will need to demonstrate results around indicators of success such as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and/or the development of social and emotional skills.
  • One-year grant applicants will need to describe how they intend to improve the supports they provide to youth related to social justice and racial equity efforts.

We look forward to receiving your application, and good luck! Please feel free to reach out to the Afterschool Alliance at

There's Still Time to Complete FAFSA Applications


Every year on October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to the public. It is the form that high school seniors and current college students must fill out to be eligible for federal financial aid, as well as many types of state and college aid.
But far fewer high school seniors have submitted their FAFSA than last year at this time, especially at schools that serve low-income students, according to an analysis of federal data by the nonprofit National College Attainment Network (NCAN).  FAFSA application completion rate is down 16% year-to-year nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is partially to blame.
As organizations connect with high school students about post- secondary educational opportunities, encourage them and their families to complete their FAFSA application.


MLK Day of Service Event 


To celebrate MLK Day on Monday, January 18th, United Way is offering a Family Forum on Equality and Kindness and asking for donations toward a book drive. The book drive consists of books, curated by the University of Pittsburgh, that help promote diversity and kindness. Please consider participating in the book drive, I’d really like for you to consider joining us for either one (or both) of the virtual discussion as part of the Family Forum.

The first session (at 9am) features Barbara Johnson from the YWCA. She is speaking to parents about how to talk to your children about race. The second session (11am) features Candi Castleberry from Twitter. Candi will speak about using social media as a tool for social change. Her session is geared for teens and adults and will be interactive. 

Register for the first session with Barbara here and register here for the second session with Candi. 

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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8th Annual College Fair (Virtual)


YouthPlaces will host its 8th Annual College Fair via Zoom. The annual college fair enables youth to increase their understanding of post-secondary education requirements, processes and connection to opportunities otherwise not presented to them.
Workshops are scheduled the evenings of January 19th and January 21st and the college fair on January 23rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM. Visit YouthPlaces website for more information. Sign-up here.

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