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Checking In: Out-of-School Time 

I'm OK-ish, are you?
APOST, CitiParks, PPS Office of Out-of-School Time, and Remake Learning invite the providers, organizers, artists, educators, caregivers, and more that make up the vibrant and necessary OST community in Southwestern PA and Northern WV.
This is the first in a series titled "Checking-In" hosted by Remake Learning. These are one hour virtual opportunities to connect, create space to share love and care, and to find out where the communities that enrich the lives of children are in the midst of COVID-19.
To avoid Zoom bombing, a link to the chat will be sent via email after you register.
Please send questions to
For more resources and information for educators during this time of uncertainty, please visit .

How Can You Support Your Team Right Now?  

Youth-serving organizations have been forced to close their doors, suspend or digitally transform their services in a swift turn. More staff are experiencing furloughs and lay offs as organizational revenues drop.

Having no guide for this situation, no way to know what staff expectations are reasonable, leaders revert to pre-COVID-19 administrative tasks to “justify” paying their teams: asking staff to attend meetings, meet deadlines and participate in professional development.

In this incredibly challenging time of stress and uncertainty, how do you support your team? Read this article here for more helpful tips and resources. 
Addressing the Growing Business Concerns of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on many organizations and businesses across the nation. Many organizational leaders are uncertain about appropriate next steps as they cope with arising issues. Connections 4 Success, Davis & Associates, and MP Kitchen Tax & Business Services have collaborated to convey actions which need to be taken by executive leaders struggling with the results of mandated alternative work environments and Stay-At-Home Orders.

During this one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 21 at 1:00 pm, guests will receive an opportunity to hear from experts in the fields of business strategy & organizational management, human resources, and finance. Attendees will also have the option to participate in a 30-minute breakaway session with one of the presenters for an opportunity to receive more detailed information and get answers for specific questions. Register here!

Teaching Tolerance: Grants that educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Deadline: Rolling
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
PA Food Recovery: Grants up to 200K for shelters, food banks, nonprofit food management. Deadline: April 24th. 
Governor's STEM: $500 grants to students grades 9-12 competing in STEM. Deadline: May 7-8th
Peace First: $250 grants to youth 13-25 for projects developed to address community response to COIVD-19. Deadline: Rolling

2-1-1 Resources 

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, if you are in need, contact United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania's PA 2-1-1 Southwest by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting 

Sign up to receive alerts with the most up-to-date information and resources at #COVID19 #UnitedWeWin

If you want to help raise funds to support our community, join us and our partner The Pittsburgh Foundation by giving to the Emergency Action Fund here!

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Recognizing Family Strengths and Needs in Western PA During COVID-19

COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) has challenged all of us. Parents and adult caregivers are vital for ensuring children continue to thrive during these tough times. Sharing your experience can help ensure resources are accessible, especially where they will do the most good. Please take the Family Strengths Survey and help improve COVID-19 response efforts.
We want to learn about what has been helpful. How are you and your family doing this week? Are there resources we should share with others? What resources do families need the most right now? Let us know by completing an anonymous survey. The survey takes about six minutes.
Click here to take the Family Strengths Survey
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