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The Grave Importance of
Youth Work in Today's World
On behalf of the APOST team, our hearts go out to our neighbors that were impacted by the horrific act of hate and violence that occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill this weekend. As a community of youth providers, we again are rattled by an act of intolerance that hits too close to home and are grappling with the ways to confront racism and injustice with the youth that we serve. As youth development practitioners, we are charged with developing the leaders of our future world. It is critical that we continue to focus on the social and emotional needs of our youth community and the position ourselves as allies to youth by dedicating our work creating safe spaces, supportive relationships, and opportunities for young people to be leaders in efforts to dismantle injustice. 

As a small step, any organization in the region that would like to host APOST's Youth Voice Training for your staff at no cost. We ask that requests be for groups of 8 or more people. Email Jaron Paul at to coordinate scheduling for your organization. This work is not easy, and as a community of helpers we also need to take care of ourselves and each other. We have a workshop focused on self care for youth work professionals coming up on November 16th. This workshop is being lead by Sharise Nance of HandinHand Counseling Services

We also want to re-share this list of resources that are focused on how to best confront racism and hate with youth and address the community trauma associated with acts of violence. Additionally, Kidsburgh has authored a wonderful article on age appropriate ways to address this issue with families. 

Lastly, if you are looking for a way to help the families impacted and the Jewish community in Pittsburgh please consider donating to the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh's Our Victims of Terror Fund. The United Way of Southwestern PA will be able to match up to $100,000.00 in donated support for this fund. 
Lights on Afterschool: Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who participated and attended this year's Lights on Afterschool celebrations all over our region. Over 2,000 youth, community members and local representatives from our area participated this year and helped us turn the lights on afterschool in Allegheny County! Please be sure to head over to our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see a recap and photos of the day's events that took place across 35 different afterschool program sites in the city and beyond! #LightsonAfterschool
Click here to view event photos. 


OST Training Round Up

There are many great professional development opportunities coming up in November! fitUnited is holding it's next Lunch & Learn on November 15th with Common Sense Media on how organizations can work to build a positive culture with youth around digital citizenship. APOST is hosting an Appy Hour on November 12th with the AIU3 to showcase new apps that can be helpful to educators and a workshop on Overcoming Compassion Fatigueon November 16th. Also, don't forget to sign up for Everything Afterschool on November 13th to learn about 50+ resources you can bring into your program! 
Vote Yes for Children November 6th!
Next week Allegheny County Voters will be asked to vote on a property tax increase of .25 mills or $25 for every $100,000 of assessed property value to be used to improve the well-being of children by supporting early childhood learning, after school programs, and nutritious meals. Should this referendum pass, it would establish a children's Fund for Allegheny County, that will generate about $18 million to be dedicated and invested in local children. APOST is voting yes because of the potential this fund has to establish sustainable public support of the important work that youth providers do in afterschool programs everyday. We encourage you to learn more about how this fund would work here, and join us in voting yes on November 6th! If you are interested in helping this effort, please click here. 


The School District of Pittsburgh and APOST are seeking proposals demonstrating outstanding commitment to student engagement and interest through providing students with a unique learning opportunity during the 2019 Summer Dreamers Academy, a summer learning camp for students who have just completed Kindergarten through 8th grade. The camp will include 27 days of programming, from June 24th through August 1, 2019. 

Click here to read the RFP. 

Spencer Foundation: funding for research projects that will improve education. Deadline: November 1st 
TJX Foundation: support for vulnerable families and children in need of basic resources. Deadline: November 1st
Always #EndPeriodPoverty: period product donations for programs with girls. Deadline: November 5th
American Association of University Women: innovative programs or projects that promote education and equity for girls. Deadline: December 1st
Brady Education Foundation: grants for projects that study effective practices to improve outcomes for children from a wide range of backgrounds. Deadline: December 1st


APOST Activities
FREE Trainings!

Dating Matters
Fri., November 2nd

United Way of SWPA
Click here to register. 

Everything Afterschool
Tuesday November 13th

Rodef Shalom
Click here to register. 

Compassion Fatigue
Friday November 16th

United Way of SWPA
Click here to register. 

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