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1410, 2020

Day of the Girl: BGCWPA and Princeton University’s ProCES Collaborate to Bring Fresh Content to Youth

By |October 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As we continue to celebrate #DayoftheGirl and #InternationalGirlsDay, BGCWPA would like to introduce you to an incredible young woman, Avery, who gave her summer to develop STEM programming for local youth as part of Princeton University's ProCES internship program. “It’s not just about filling students’ time though, it's about allowing them to explore creative and scientific topics that will expand their minds to what is possible” explains Ava Goldinger, a [...]

1210, 2020

Celebrating International Girls Day & Day of the Girl: Casey’s Day in the Life of a Firefighter

By |October 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In celebration of #InternationalGirlsDay2020, BGCWPA will be highlighting some of our incredible young female Clubhouse members. A global occasion dedicated to highlighting the challenges girls face and promoting their empowerment, International Girls Day is celebrated every day at BGCWPA as we advocate for a girls’ life free from gender-based violence, access to health, skills, recognition and investment as leaders of social change. With this, we’d love to introduce [...]

910, 2020

BGCWPA Youth and CoRobotics at CMU Partner Up to Create Virtual Game Experience

By |October 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) serves over 15,000 youth annually through daytime learning hubs, before and after school programs, specialty, outreach and partnership programs. BGCWPA’s newest partnership program is with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy on their project, P3G: Player Programmed Partner Games,  to work with youth in strategizing, creating and developing a CoRobotics virtual game within the Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse of Lawrenceville and the Carnegie [...]

610, 2020

BGCWPA To Participate in NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference to Highlight AIPI Program!

By |October 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, will be participating in the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference on October 6, 2020 to discuss BGCWPA's Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute and Teen Accelerator program. As described on the NVIDIA website, "NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is the must attend digital event for developers, researchers, engineers, and innovators looking to enhance their skills, exchange ideas, and gain a [...]

2809, 2020

Learn & Earn 2020 – Teamwork and Innovation

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

During our virtual Learn & Earn program this summer, part of our Career Works program, many youth got the chance to develop the power skills (a.k.a. “soft skills") necessary for working in a team, including collaboration, communication, presentation, problem solving, resilience, patience, and self-efficacy. One hands-on method for teaching these skills is through LUMA Human Centered Design methods. LUMA (Looking, Understanding, and Making) Human Centered Design methods are tools to [...]

2309, 2020

Career Works Highlighted on PA Chamber of Business and Industry “Workforce Spotlight”

By |September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA PREPARES TEENS FOR JOBS OF THE FUTURE September 23, 2020 For the past 130 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has built a rich legacy of being one of the most comprehensive youth services providers in both Allegheny and Somerset counties by living out our mission to activate and advance the potential in every child by doing whatever it takes to [...]

2209, 2020

BGCWPA Wins Emmy for 3R’s Commercial- Single Spot!

By |September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is pleased to share that our 3R’s Poetry Slam written by our very own Juan Perez is officially an EMMY Award winning video for Commercial- Single Spot! BGCWPA is so grateful for our staff for doing whatever its takes each and every day, and for BGCWPA alumni like Emmai Alaquiva of Ya Momz House, Inc. for helping to create such an amazing video! Learn [...]

1809, 2020

Career Works High-Now Accepting Applications!

By |September 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Career Works High (CWH) is an exciting opportunity for students in grades 9-11 to enhance their career readiness during the 2020-2021 school year from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA). Career Works is an innovative employment and post-secondary preparation program that allows young adults to explore future career options while learning the skills they need to get on the path to success. The program runs out of [...]

1509, 2020

President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Named one of Pittsburgh Business Times 2020 Women of Influence!

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

On Monday, September 14th, BGCWPA President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, was honored as one of Pittsburgh Business Times Women of Influence. This annual award honors Pittsburgh’s most influential women executives and leaders, changing their industries and impacting their communities. On this career milestone, Lisa stated, "I am honored to be named one of Pittsburgh Business Times 2020 Women of Achievement along with 25 other influential women and proud to [...]

1409, 2020

Learn & Earn 2020- A Meaningful Virtual Experience for Local Teens

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

This summer’s virtual Learn & Earn program was an incredible learning experience for me as well as many of the youth who engaged in the process and embraced the challenge!  It was full of highlights and challenges, frustrations and triumphs; but as I reflect on those six weeks, I realize how much I grew as an educator and a youth development professional.  Beyond my personal experience, however, there is a [...]

1109, 2020

Full Day, Hybrid, After School… Oh My! Fall 2020 Update

By |September 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As we close the first week of Fall 2020 programming, we wanted to take a moment to thank those who joined us and those who made it possible! After such an incredible Summer 2020, we are thrilled to offer full day, hybrid and after school programming at select Clubhouses! As of 9-8-2020, the following Clubhouses opened for full day academic support in partnership with school districts: Estelle S. Campbell of  [...]

409, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Partners to Provide Family Support Hotline During COVID-19

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Are you a parent worried about academics during COVID-19? Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has teamed up with The Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative, A+ Schools and other partnering organizations to provide a family support hotline to help parents navigate these unprecedented times.  BGCWPA is proud to join our fellow partner organizations to streamline the process of academic questions and to provide accurate information to concerned parents. 2-3 representatives are [...]

209, 2020

Rue21 Donates Half a Million Items to Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania for Teens!

By |September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

rue21, a leading retailer for teens and young adults, had extra inventory because of temporary store closures due to COVID 19. When they were trying to figure out what to do with the 500,000 items, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania was the first organization that came to mind!      According to Julia Draper, rue21’s VP of marketing, “We’re thrilled to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. The programming [...]

2508, 2020

BGCWPA Partners With Allegheny County Parks to Bring Summer Day Camp Youth to Parks Throughout the City!

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Throughout the month of August, youth enrolled in our in-person Summer Day Camps at our Carnegie, Estelle S. Campbell, and Northern Area Clubhouses had the opportunity to travel to one of Allegheny County’s parks to spend time outside, get moving and participate in the “Skin & Skulls” program.  Rangers lead youth in exploring the different native animal species of our County by looking at an extensive collection of animal skins [...]

1908, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Welcomes Somerset County Boys & Girls Club to our Family!

By |August 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Welcomes Somerset County Boys & Girls Club to our Family!  Pittsburgh, PA: Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania  (BGCWPA)welcomes Somerset County Boys & Girls Club as the newest member of the BGCWPA Clubhouse family. As the seventeenth location for BGCWPA, the Somerset Clubhouse will offer Preschool/afterschool programming and Teen  Workforce Programming, which is NEW to the area, after school and specialty programming [...]

1308, 2020

Career Works Hosts “Career Captures” with Local Professionals for Teens

By |August 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

“A mentor is someone who helps you find hope within yourself.” Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania have been mentoring and teaching life skills to young members for over 130 years! Last year, we took that a step further and formalized our Career Works, youth workforce development program including opening a stand alone Career Works Center.  Career Works is an after-school employment and post-secondary preparation program for [...]

1008, 2020

BGCWPA Fall 2020 Programming Update: Join Us this Fall!

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hello BGCWPA families, How quickly the summer has gone and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you all had time to spend together and were able to enjoy the sunshine. We recognize the stress of all that back to school time is creating for many families and we want to support you during these trying times. We want to thank you for your responses regarding the communication sent [...]

1008, 2020

Congratulations to Our 2020 Champion of Youth Winner, PPG

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Champion of Youth Award is an annual award given to the organization, corporate partner, community partner or individual who has lived our BGCWPA mission over the last year more than anyone else. This Champion is recognized at the annual gala as an example of how the community and BGCWPA can work together to serve more local youth with quality programming. This will be the 6th year this award has [...]

708, 2020

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala- A Record Breaking Year!

By |August 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

On Wednesday, August 5th, over 120 participants joined special guest Smokey Robinson for a virtual celebration of BGCWPA's youth! We would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to all who offered their time, passion and generosity to help raise over $175,000!!!!!!!! That's a record!!!! Event Highlights: Participants were delivered Common Plea Catering charcuterie boards and Smokey Robinson wines right to their doorsteps to enjoy during the event! [...]

608, 2020

Fall Programming 2020 Announcement

By |August 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear BGCWPA Families, We hope that you all have been staying healthy over the summer. Although we don’t have all the answers yet, we wanted to reach out to share some news surrounding BGCWPA programming for the fall and alert families to what options they might select; we also want to get your feedback and ensure we are providing services that support your family and children best. Given that [...]

508, 2020

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala with Smokey Robinson is TODAY!

By |August 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Friends, supporters, community members and Smokey Robinson fans- Thank you for taking your evening to celebrate The Bridge to Great Futures Gala and thousands of local youth during these unprecedented times. As we all know, our work here at Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has far from stopped, but rather it has grown, adapted and stepped up to meet both the existing and new demands of our communities. [...]

2907, 2020

“Club on the Go” Initiative Surpasses Over 400 Youth Served!

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Meet Kaiden, one of our Club on the Go participants! Kaiden wants to see more stained glass windows in his neighborhood, so he used his Club on the Go art kits to make some! Great job, Kaiden! This summer over 425 individual youth and over 180 families have officially received deliveries right to their doorsteps, free of charge, to keep youth engaged mentally, physically, and emotionally while at home throughout [...]

2307, 2020

Meet Our 2020 Youth of the Year, Nick!

By |July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy. In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone - especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.  Each year, BGCWPA is proud [...]

1307, 2020

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala Online Auction Now Open!

By |July 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala with Smokey Robinson is only 3 weeks away!!!! Getting excited!?! Browse or bid on over 25 unique packages on our online auction that is NOW OPEN!  Bid on EXCLUSIVE items such as the Ultimate Pittsburgh Penguins Experience with #StanleyCup winner Tyler Kennedy including an on ice lesson with Tyler, a private tour of PPG Paints Arena and game tickets! Other items includes a 4 night, 5 day stay at the members [...]

2906, 2020

“Club on the Go” Initiative Kicking Off July 1: BGCWPA is Delivering Summer Fun Right to Your Doorstep!

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

After delivering more than 1,000 kits to members’ door steps during the COVID-19 shut-down, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is kicking off “Club on the Go,” to keep members and children new to Boys & Girls Clubs engaged physically, mentally and emotionally over the summer months and to inspire youth to explore healthy eating and cooking, art and creativity, physical fitness, STEM and the science behind growing vegetables [...]

2606, 2020

43rd Annual Nellie King Golf Classic!

By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join BGCWPA for the 43rd Annual Nellie King Golf Classic to be held on August 24, 2020 at Sewickley Heights Golf Club! Since 1888, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has been committed to providing high quality After School, Summer and Career Works programs to several thousand youth across the Pittsburgh Metro and surrounding areas. Our programs offer a safe, supportive environment for ALL, where youth are educated and [...]

2206, 2020

Did You Know You Can Donate Money At No Cost to You!?

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Now more than ever BGCWPA is depending on critical funds raised from programs such as the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). It isn't too late to make a difference for thousands of local youth at NO COST TO YOU! Learn more below and on our EITC webpage. Thank you ahead of time for your consideration!

1206, 2020

Introducing Purposity: Purpose & Generosity, Connecting the Dots Through the Power of Technology 

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In our mission to activate and advance the potential in every child by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have GREAT FUTURES, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is excited to announce that it will be the first organization in the state of Pennsylvania to partner with Purposity, a platform dedicated to inspiring our online community to live generously and find purpose! Purposity allows the community at large [...]

906, 2020

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala Gone Virtual!

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As BGCWPA continues to ReMEMEBER, ReIMAGINE, ReINVEST in our members, our programs and communities, we have taken on the challenge of relaunching our fundraisers to raise even more critical scholarships for our youth and to bring even more awareness to our mission. With this, in the face of COVID-19 and for the safety of our supporters, BGCWPA is excited to announce our largest fundraiser of the year, The Bridge to [...]

406, 2020

Alumni Highlight: Rep. Jake Wheatley!

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

206, 2020

“Growing Hope” Initiative: Coming in June!

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2605, 2020

BGCWPA Summer Programming Announcement

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2105, 2020

Exciting New Partnerships with Outschool and LiFT LMS to Support Innovative & Engaging Virtual Summer Camp Programming

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1805, 2020

Announcing our Expanding Partnership with Duquesne City School District!

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1805, 2020

Artsmiths of Pittsburgh: Supporting BGCWPA’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts in a Unique Way

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1405, 2020

BGCWPA Enters Week 9 of COVID-19 Closures: Our Relief Efforts & Mission are Proving Stronger than Ever!

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1205, 2020

Learn & Earn Employment & Career Works Programs Still in Operation During COVID-19

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1105, 2020

Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse: NOW OPEN for ALL Essential Personnel Identified by the Governor’s Office!

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

805, 2020

Introducing: BGCWPA Virtual Teen Nights!

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

805, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Provides Food Truck Meals to Housing Authority Communities

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

This month, local families in need will have access to more than 1,500 free, hot meals delivered right to their communities thanks to a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) and MedExpress Urgent Care. BGCWPA and MedExpress will bring Pittsburgh-area food trucks, including South Side BBQ, to five communities throughout the month of May in partnership with Allegheny County Housing Authority, Larimer Consensus Group and Housing [...]

2404, 2020

Mark Your Calendar for May 5th: #GivingTuesdayNow and GiveBig Pittsburgh COVID-19 Response

By |April 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

#GivingTuesdayNow #GivingTuesdayNow BGCWPA staff, members, communities, the city of Pittsburgh and the nation are coming together to give back to those in need during this trying time. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania remains the consistent champion and advocate for youth by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have a GREAT FUTURE.  Join us on May 5, [...]

2304, 2020

BGCWPA is Expanding our Relief Efforts: Now Delivering Food Pantry Boxes & Art Kits!

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As BGCWPA continues to ReIMAGINE the way we serve our members, families, and communities in trying times, BGCWPA is grateful to be partnering with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute pre-packed boxes of food to those in immediate need. BGCWPA and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank are committed to making sure all of our neighborhoods have access to basic necessities even if they don’t have consistent or reliable transportation. [...]

2004, 2020

Sabika Virtual Fundraiser:  Shop Sabika Throughout the Month of April for BGCWPA to Receive 50% of Proceeds!

By |April 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

BGCWPA is so excited to be partnering with Sabika Jewelry for the second year in a row! Join us for our virtual fundraiser to help support THOUSANDS of local youth! Throughout the month of April, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania will receive 50% of all proceeds from our virtual fundraiser! Sabika is a direct sales jewelry company founded by women for women. Sabika was founded with the intent [...]

1504, 2020

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala: Rescheduled for August 5, 2020!

By |April 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Although COVID-19 has altered some of our plans, BGCWPA’s mission to do whatever it takes to activate and advance the potential in every child  has proved stronger than ever! For the safety of our event supporters and all attendees, BGCWPA has decided to postpone The Bridge to Great Futures Gala.  The Bridge to Great Futures Gala will now be held on Wednesday, August 5th at Nevillewood Country Club.  The Bridge to [...]

1004, 2020

Summer Day Camp 2020: No Financial Commitment  Until May 15th, Reserve Your Spot Today! 

By |April 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

BGCWPA is here to support our members, families, and communities during these difficult times when youth need us most! With a high level of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and our economy post-pandemic, BGCWPA understands the financial hardships many of our members and families are already, or may soon face in the coming months. BGCWPA is now offering no financial commitment for our Summer Day Camp Program until May 15th, 2020.  Payment [...]

604, 2020

Join us for Virtual Strategic Visioning Sessions!

By |April 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is embarking on a journey to ReMEMBER, ReIMAGINE, ReINVEST in our programs, position and place in the region. Nothing is more important than hearing your voice and incorporating it into the life-changing programs we’re designing. We will discuss our everyday impact and longer-term strategies to ensure all youth in our region have great futures by engaging in a series of human centered [...]

304, 2020

Learn & Earn: Gain Meaningful Work Experience, Career Exposure, AND Wages this Summer!

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is proud to be an authorized partner of the Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program. Learn & Earn is one of our youth workforce development offerings part of our Career Works Program.  Our Learn & Earn program is one of the teen programs offered this summer and includes up to six weeks of paid work experience. Teens will brush up on their [...]

204, 2020

“Whatever It Takes” Has New Meaning During COVID-19

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, we do whatever it takes to activate and advance the potential in our youth so that they have great futures. When COVID-19 necessitated closures of our Clubhouses and programs we immediately jumped into action to stay connected to our families, youth and the communities we serve.   Upon calling and communicating via email with over 1,000 members so far from our stand [...]

204, 2020

Now Enrolling – Specialty Day Camp for Essential Personnel

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Janie Messina, Specialty Camp Director jmessina@bgcwpa.org BGCWPA is please to offer essential personnel from Allegheny County the opportunity to enroll in our Specialty Day Camp. We are now taking enrollments. This service is only open to Allegheny County employees, at this time and will be head at our Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. This service is provided free of charge, but all youth [...]

2603, 2020

InstaClubhouse Launches at BGCWPA

By |March 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Technology has revolutionized connection, teaching and learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has led most states to close schools, some indefinitely, in a major disruption to education. The closures have impacted nearly 55 million students nationwide so far, according to data from Education Week and hundreds of thousands in Western Pennsylvania. In lieu of attending classes and Club programs in person, many parents/guardians are seeking out online resources, apps and games to keep their [...]

2503, 2020

Join our Relief Efforts

By |March 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear Friends, Our community is facing uncertain and unprecedented times. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania remains the consistent champion and advocate for youth by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have a GREAT FUTURE. Our staff is working tirelessly to support many vulnerable families in our community by preparing and serving food, running our InstaClubhouse virtual programming, and assembling and delivering cleaning & hygiene kits to those in [...]

1603, 2020

Closure Resources

By |March 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

During this difficult time when schools, workplaces and BGCWPA Clubhouses are closed due to COVID-19, we are committed to providing youth and families access to resources and support. Check back periodically as new resources emerge.  Meal & Grocery Resources Carnegie Saint John Lutheran Church (Across from Carnegie Clubhouse) 601 Washington Ave Carnegie Pa 15106 Phone Number: 412-279-2952 Ext:7 Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, free bagged lunches will be handed out from 12-1 [...]

1303, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Clubhouse Closures

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

March 13th, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians and Community, Click to read the full letter. As we are monitoring what local officials and school districts are doing in response to COVID-19, we will be closing ALL of our Clubhouses and programs effective immediately. We will evaluate reopening based on the advice of health officials and school districts. At this point, we expect the closure to last at least 2 [...]

1203, 2020

COVID-19 Update & Closures

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

March 12, 2020   Dear Parents and Guardians,   The health, safety, and well-being of BGCWPA participants, staff, and families is our number one priority. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact continues to evolve, we are cognizant of the growing concern by many in our communities.    Hourly, information is coming to all of us from state and national health officials.  Day by day BGCWPA administration will work to analyze [...]

603, 2020

The Bridge to Great Futures Gala!

By |March 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania cordially invites you to Nevillewood Country Club on Wednesday, May 13 for a night to ReMEMBER, ReIMAGINE, ReINVEST in BGCWPA and the future of thousands of youth! This exclusive event will be a VIP evening with our keynote speaker and BGCA Alumni, Smokey Robinson, entertainment from Nashville star, Dillon Dixon, and a dinner with some of the most well connected guests Pittsburgh has to offer. Join our Honorary Event Co-Chairs, Vince and Nancy Morales for [...]

2102, 2020

BGCWPA Attends US Senator Bob Casey’s Press Conference!

By |February 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania were invited and attended Senator Casey's press conference announcing the Five Freedoms for America’s Children plan. We were then asked to submit statistics on the importance of after school programs and our demographics so that they can add after school care to this plan!  “The cost of child care has increased by 25 percent over the past decade. The current child care system [...]

1802, 2020

Summer Camp 2020 Registration NOW OPEN!

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

2020 Summer Day Camp : Registration Now Open!  As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, it is time to begin exploring the benefits of a Summer spent with Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania!  BGCWPA is excited to be offering a 10 week Summer Day Camp program with thematic weeks packed full of physical activity, exploring culture, the arts, building relationships, and STEM, with engaging activities [...]

402, 2020

Introducing our 2020 Athlete of the Year, Jada!

By |February 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Meet Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's Athlete of the Year, Jada! As an 11 year member of BGCWPA and 4 year varsity basketball letter winner with over 1,000 points scored, Jada's achievements reach far past the basketball court! Jada has remained on honor roll since 5th grade, maintaining a 3.6 GPA as a National Honor Society(NHS) member, Scholar Athlete Award recipient, and Summer Camp counselor for Camp AIM. [...]

2801, 2020

BGCWPA Teen Outreach Programs (TOP)

By |January 28th, 2020|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

As a part of  Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA’s ReMEMBER… ReIMAGINE… ReINVEST campaign, programs like Healthy Lifestyles have ReIMAGINED the services BGCWPA provides. Healthy Lifestyles provides support services, social emotional learning programming and community engagement. The first program of Healthy Lifestyles is Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) (http://teenoutreachprogram.com/top/).  BGCWPA is one of Wyman’s 55 Replication Partners across the United States,  implementing TOP to over 22,000 teens from diverse [...]

1301, 2020

Empower Her!

By |January 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, along with the Veterans Leadership Program and the Mission Continues, for a day of celebrating being a girl! Have fun socializing, hearing from influential female speakers, and participating in activities centered around body positivity, craft making, healthy lifestyles, and personal growth.  Guided by the International Women's Day movement, Empower Her is an event to celebrate reflection, advocacy, and action for young women. [...]

2012, 2019

BGCWPA Celebrates the Holidays

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

BGCWPA is extremely grateful for all of the support that makes this time of year special for each of our youth! This holiday season, BGCWPA had the opportunity to partner with many generous members of the community and corporate partners who are dedicated to giving back and spreading holiday spirit! Shop with a Cop- On December 18th, youth from our LaRosa Boys & Girls Club of McKeesport had the opportunity [...]

1712, 2019

BGCWPA Teen Programs Head to Hershey for PA SAS Institute!

By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Our BGCWPA Teen Program staff members, Christine Nguyen and Emily Donato were invited to present at the PA Department of Education Standards Aligned System (SAS) Institute in Hershey, PA last week. The theme of their presentation was “Bridging the Skills Gap.” Here are a few of their slides describing our career readiness and workforce programs. Learn more about our programs on our Workforce Development page. 

1012, 2019

BGCWPA Launches New Teen Programming

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

This past year, BGCWPA welcomed a Director of Teen & Support Services, as well as three Teen coordinators to best serve our growing teen population. New and improved teen and tween programming are highlighted at our Shadyside, Estelle S. Campbell (Lawrenceville) and Carnegie Clubs, in addition to the Teen Career Works program in McKeesport. Our Teen Centers, or The Club, is a safe place for teens to develop strengths, connect [...]

212, 2019

Career Works Open House 12/4!

By |December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join us on Wednesday, December 4th from 7 - 8:30 p.m. for our Career Works Open House at the former Daily News Building in McKeesport! Featuring cookie decorating, ornament making, and a hot chocolate bar, there’s fun for all ages. Kids can enjoy crafts, teens and families can learn about the importance of workforce development, and community members can learn about our growing program offerings for teens and young adults. [...]

2711, 2019

BGCWPA Launches After School Program in Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship!

By |November 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

On November 25, 2019, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) and Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) partnered up to launch an after school program to support students in grades Kindergarten through 5th! PHCSE is a tuition-free public charter school that supports the entrepreneurial spirit in youth through innovative, hands-on, engaging curriculum. With over 131 years of mentoring and support service expertise, BGCWPA will continue this entrepreneurial [...]

1911, 2019

JuJu Foundation Doubles Their Impact on Thousands of Local Youth!

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

  Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the JuJu Foundation and JuJu Smith-Schuster for his amazing support and life-changing donation to our youth members! The JuJu Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of youth initiatives and lifting the spirits of those in need. The Foundation was established in 2019 by Pittsburgh Steeler and former University of Southern [...]

1211, 2019

Save the Date for #GivingTuesday and #GiveBigPittsburgh

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mark your calendars for December 3, 2019 to help support thousands of local youth during #GivingTuesday and #GiveBigPittsburgh Join the National Movement! Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving that takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. "Giving Tuesday inspires millions of people across the globe to show up and give back to causes and issues that matter to them. The goal is to create a massive wave [...]

3009, 2019

Sacks for Kids with Cam Heyward!

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

This football season, get ready to cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense and help raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania through the 2019 Sacks for Kids Fundraiser! Once again, join Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward and his foundation The Heyward House to raise critical funds to support our Clubhouses!  HOW IT WORKS? Fans can make a pledge of any amount from 50¢ and up for [...]

2309, 2019

Launching Career Works!

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  https://youtu.be/YwhfENmq_dA   CAREER WORKS TEEN Workforce Development Program Are you a teen who is looking to start working and find a great job? Do you want to start making an income after graduation? Are you curious about different career avenues but are not sure where to start? Do you want to earn college credits or a pre-apprentice certificate? If so, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Career [...]

1109, 2019

Empowering and Educating Through A Vegetable Garden

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lowe’s Home Improvement stores in Homestead and West Mifflin teamed up this August to create a vegetable garden in our Duquesne/West Mifflin Clubhouse to promote STEM and healthy lifestyles education. Duquesne / West Mifflin is one of the many areas of Pittsburgh that is known as a “Food Desert”. According to Bill Moyers Journal,  “the poor quality of the processed food available in many “food deserts” — areas in which [...]

2808, 2019

PPG AIPI Featured on CBS Pittsburgh Kidsburgh

By |August 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Reporter Kristine Sorensen recently visited our PPG Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute to learn about our new teen programs including our Teen Workforce Development Academy and Healthy Lifestyles Program. We serve around 1,000 teens every year and plan to double that this year. We're proud partners of the PA Smart Advancing STEM Initiative. Read more at Kidsburgh or from PPG about this amazing program. It doesn't end with summer though, up [...]

1308, 2019

After School Enrollment Open

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are so excited to be gearing up for our School Year programming! As we continue to build and offer high-quality programs, there are a few changes that we will be implementing beginning this school-year. We will continue to use the ACTIVE system for registration and payments. As we re-calibrate and reinvest in program enhancements and ensure high-quality staff, there will be a new membership structure: After-School Program: $40.00 a month Speciality [...]

208, 2019

RBI program at the Mid-Atlantic Tournament

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Youth baseball and softball is making a comeback in the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities, in part, due to the growth of our Pirates RBI (Reviving Baseball/Softball in Inner Cities) program managed by Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA, with the financial support from the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For the 2019 season, the Pirates RBI program developed an exciting partnership with the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Parks and [...]

2707, 2019

Announcing US Department of Health & Human Services Award

By |July 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Office of Population Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the award of $13,566,000 for 29 grants to organizations for Replication of Programs Proven Effective through Rigorous Evaluation to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy, Behavioral Risk Factors Underlying Teenage Pregnancy, or Other Associated Risk Factors (Tier 1) – Phase I. The grants start on July 15, 2019 for a two-year project period. According to HHS, funded [...]

1407, 2019

Club Kids Inventing Dreams with STEAM

By |July 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1407, 2019

Club Teens visit with Congressman Conor Lamb

By |July 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1407, 2019

Launching the Learn & Earn Program

By |July 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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.  [...]

2806, 2019

BUILD-A-BIKE 2019

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

806, 2019

Record Annual Nellie King Golf Classic

By |June 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

706, 2019

Cam Heyward celebrates 30th birthday with Club Kids!

By |June 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1805, 2019

2019 Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1105, 2019

BGCWPA Remake Learning Days

By |May 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1105, 2019

Teens Attend Pittsburgh STEM Summit

By |May 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

  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 [...]

3003, 2018

Pittsburgh Quarterly Features Gala Winners

By |March 30th, 2018|Categories: News|

Fourth Annual Great Futures Gala Celebrates Outstanding Youth March 14, 2018 by PQ STAFF Over 250 guests recognized youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA’s Fourth Annual Great Futures Gala at the Sheraton Station Square on Wednesday, March 14. Hosted by KDKA meteorologist Ron Smiley, the evening centered around exemplary youth who represent each of the eight Club branches in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Jayla Ellis [...]

2202, 2018

Great Futures Gala Success!

By |February 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|

We made many great memories on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Sheraton Station Square at our 4th Annual Great Futures Gala! Our 2018 Youth of the Year is Jayla from the Shadyside Boys & Girls Club! Left to right: Don Michel, Vice Chair of the Board, Jayla Ellis and Special Agent in Charge Tim Burke Secret Service Congratulations to all of our Branch Club Youth of the Year and Dapper Dan [...]

512, 2017

Arthur Moats of the Pittsburgh Steelers took the LaRosa Boys & Girls Clubs Shopping

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: LaRosa, News|

The South Hills Village was alive with black and gold and a group of happy kids. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats teamed up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and American Eagle Outfitters for a memorable night. Jim Barry, Executive Vice President of the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club, told RabbleVid the shopping spree was a unique opportunity the kids who age from 12 to 18. Moats said he wanted to give [...]

509, 2017

Kris LeTang Brings a day of Hockey to LaRosa

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: LaRosa, News|

Kris Letang visited the LaRosa Club to film a public-service announcement for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and to kick off a fundraising campaign for Playworks, a national charity that provides programming and equipment for schools to use on playgrounds.Playworks is currently has programs at Propel charter schools in McKeesport, Hazelwood, Homestead, Pitcairn and on Pittsburgh's North Side as well as at Penn Hlls Elementary. [...]

2404, 2017

2017 Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year

By |April 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Congratulations to Matthew Zyra the 2017 Eat 'n Park Hospitality Group Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year Matthew has been a Carnegie Club member since the age of five and has participated in Dapper Dan basketball, hockey, flag football, and golf for the past 12 years. He is Head Coach of the 7-8 year old and 9-11 year old divisions as well as an assistant coach with the [...]

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