This summer kids across Pittsburgh are attending our STEAM Camps offered at three of our Clubhouses. In Carnegie kids are becoming inventors at our STEM Invention Camp and designing cool summer clothes in our Fashion Design and Sewing Camp. In Lawrenceville kids are exploring VEX Robotics and will have the chance to join our FLL or VEX teams this fall. In a few weeks we are excited to launch our new Teen STEM Camp, the PPG "Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute & Teen Accelerator." STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and an important part of our programming. We [...]
On July 2nd we had a special visit from Congressman Conor Lamb as part of his summer education tour. Club Teens even participated in a "Town Hall" forum with Congressman Lamb! After hearing about our Carnegie Clubhouse and learning about our summer/after-school programs, Teen Workforce Development Academy and STEM Programs, Congressman Lamb toured the Clubhouse, participated in a STEM activity with school-age kids and then spent 90 minutes with our teens. He asked them questions about everything from their favorite movie to bullying in schools and told them about how government works; he asked them to all vote when they turn [...]
This summer, BGCWPA was selected to lead the Learn & Earn program for 40 teens from across the county as part of Partner4Work's Learn and earn Program. Learn & Earn is a six-week summer employment program for teens and young adults ages 14-21 in the Pittsburgh region. Participants have the opportunity to earn money, gain valuable work experience, and develop soft skills to help them become college and career ready. Half of the youth placed at our 7 Club Locations are members of Boys & Girls Clubs and participate in our Workforce Development and Post-Secondary planning programs. The teens completed a [...]
What happens when you pair caring volunteers with local kids and challenge them to assemble bikes? United Way's Build-A-Bike! Last week, 400 volunteers joined United Way and more than 150 local kids at Heinz Field for the sixth annual #BuildABikePgh. Each child left that day with new skills in teamwork, communication and - for many of them - their first bike they can enjoy all summer long. Thank you to everyone who made this day a success, especially the sponsors, UPMC and Northwest Bank! We are thankful for wonderful partners like United Way and the many wonderful smiles on our kids' [...]
This year we had more support than ever for our summer day camp at our 42nd Nellie King Golf Classic held at the Sewickey Heights Golf Club on June 3rd. The event was sponsored by several companies with the title sponsor being Baierl Subaru. A special thank you to our honorary chairman, Mike Tomczak, master of ceremonies Lanny Frattare and golf committee members for their leadership and continued support. With the funds raised at the Nellie King Golf Classic we are able to offer more families scholarships to attend our summer day camp! Check out the photos from the day! [...]
Nobody is too old for a night of fun and games. Cam Heyward turned 30 years old last week, but held off his“Heyward House Birthday Bash” until Tuesday so he could spend it at Dave & Buster's with hisPittsburgh Steelers teammates and his best friends from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. “We were just looking to have a good time with a lot of kids because sometimes that’s all they need is a good time,” Heyward said with a smile. “I’ve heard of situations where they [kids] haven’t been able to talk about their feelings, but then they get here [...]
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year Michael (Dino) Tomlin has been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania as the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year. As an honor roll student, Michael Tomlin was starting Wide Receiver for the #1 ranked WPIAL Class 2A Team. He averaged 34 yards per catch and scored 18 touchdowns leading Shadyside Academy to a quarter final appearance in playoffs. He became the second player in school history to win the title in the 300 meter hurdle at the PIAA class [...]
Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) is a celebration of innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is hosting daily STEAM events across our Branches. Remake Learning Days is a festival of events hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media centers, tech startups and more. These events are designed to be hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (pre-K through high school) and their families, caregivers and educators. [...]
Pittsburgh Technology Council recently held a STEM Summit for students and business partners. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania had a number of teens attend. The teens went to Peoples Gas and BNY Mellon. We are so proud of the way they volunteered to speak, ask questions and participate in activities! Everyone learned so much. Thank you to Andrea Krueger, Audrey Russo and all of the staff at the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Vice Chair of the Board Don Michel, Youth of the Year Jayla Ellis, and Special Agent in Charge Timmothy Burke of the Secret Service. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA's Fourth Annual Great Futures Gala. March 14, 2018.