Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr., D-Allegheny, a recognized United States Marine combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm who received the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal, is a proud resident of the City of Pittsburgh. Rep. Wheatley holds a bachelor's degree in political science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he graduated with honors. He went on to receive a master's of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He was first elected in 2002 to represent the 19th Legislative District, which includes historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as: the Hill District, North Side, [...]
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is committed to keeping our youth members engaged physically, mentally and emotionally while our school districts remain closed and BGCWPA enters the reopening phase to offer a new blended model of in-person and virtual Summer programming. BGCWPA is excited to announce our “Growing Hope” initiative to inspire members to explore healthy eating and cooking, physical fitness and the science behind growing vegetables and eating right! We are also excited to partner with local farms to procure the veggies, distribute seeds from Farm to Table and chefs which will have LIVE weekly cooking demos using [...]
Hello BGCWPA Families and Staff, It is hard to believe that many of us have not walked through the doors of our Clubhouses for almost two months now. BGCWPA understands now more than ever the delicate balance of caring for children to ensure safety, health and security while maintaining business operations in a responsible way so that we can continue to serve our members and beyond. COVID-19 has impacted the world in ways that no one anticipated, but we have worked tirelessly to act quickly to serve those who need us most. After weeks of planning and executing remotely we are [...]
Exciting New Partnerships with Outschool and LiFT LMS to Support Innovative & Engaging Virtual Summer Camp ProgrammingAbby Blake2020-05-21T21:15:42-04:00
This summer we are excited to become the first Boys & Girls Club in the nation to announce our partnership with Outschool. Outschool is a platform that will allow us to flip what online learning normally looks like and turn it into highly interest driven live sessions. Each week during our summer camp programming, we will offer 15-20 highly curated classes taught by our instructors as well as give our members special access to numerous classes taught by teachers from all over the world! So How Does It Work? Flexible classes targeted at K-8 students will range from one-time 25 [...]
A Joint Communication from Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and Duquesne City School District Dear Families, It is hard to believe that many of us have not walked through the doors of our school and Duquesne-West Mifflin Clubhouse for almost two months now. We miss seeing your children each and every day and look forward to seeing them again in person. We are jointly writing to you today to share some exciting news. The Duquesne City School District and Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) are excited to announce our expanded partnership this summer and into next [...]
In light of social distancing, closed businesses and schools, and canceled events, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is grateful to partner with Artsmiths of Pittsburgh and Handmade for their Art4All initiative to provide youth access to art focused activities they can easily create from home. BGCWPA is dedicated to expanding our relief efforts beyond just our members’ basic needs. In a time of isolation and Clubhouse closures, it is more important than ever than to keep our youth engaged in positive, mentally engaging activities. The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh Art and Cultural Center (APACC) is a 10,000 square foot non [...]
BGCWPA Enters Week 9 of COVID-19 Closures: Our Relief Efforts & Mission are Proving Stronger than Ever!Abby Blake2020-05-14T14:10:53-04:00
As Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania continues to ReIMAGINE the ways we serve our members, families and communities best during this difficult time, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all of those supporting our relief efforts, being a force for good, and helping our community towards better days. At BGCWPA, we are working to meet the challenges of COVID-19 with unwavering dedication, ensuring our communities have access to critical supplies and food resources delivered right to their doorsteps, providing and constantly evolving a virtual learning platform for our youth to continue to grow socially and [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGVNrGy8kDQ Announcing Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania’s Innovative Youth Workforce Development Programming for Summer 2020 BGCWPA and Partner4Work are bringing big thinking and innovation to deliver a world-class summer employment program that continues to introduce young people to paid job experiences, explore careers and their interests while keeping them safe during uncertain times. Learn & Earn may look different from the year's past and we are committed to moving forward, adjusting, and maintaining program integrity to provide the opportunity for young adults to grow. This year at BGCWPA is excited to leverage our expertise in innovative learning practices [...]
Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse: NOW OPEN for ALL Essential Personnel Identified by the Governor’s Office!Abby Blake2020-05-11T09:56:12-04:00
BGCWPA is pleased to announce we are expanding our relief efforts and will now be accepting enrollments for our COVID-19 Essential Personnel Specialty Day Camp at our Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. This program is now open for the children of ALL essential personnel identified by the governor’s office to support our crucial workers and their families during this trying time BGCWPA is providing fun rotation activities including music, art, STEM, recreation and academics/homework help. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided daily. All youth must be registered and approved to start services, at a rate [...]
As BGCWPA continues to ReMEMBER, ReIMAGINE, ReINVEST in thousands of local youth during and beyond COVID-19, we're thrilled to invite ALL teens in grades 7-12 to join us for our upcoming fun, interactive and social Virtual Teen Nights! As suggested by our very own BGCWPA Teen Council and as an extension of our daily InstaClubhouse virtual programming, ALL teens are invited to participate every Tuesday from 8-9PM with our BGCWPA staff for a virtual game night including trivia, Kahoot, scavenger hunts and much more! To continue the fun, every other Friday from 8-9PM, teens are invited to join BGCWPA and a [...]