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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) (  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: , , , , , , , , , , |   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


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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