Two local nonprofits – Vibrant Pittsburgh
and the Urban Affairs Foundation (of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
) put their heads and money together and have awarded Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund mini-grants to 12 projects. These dozen projects will provide services to African Americans, Latinos, the LGBT community, refugees and new immigrants, individuals with disabilities and faith-based community groups.
Among the awardees are:
- Union Project and Creative Citizens Studios, which will make hands-on arts experiences more accessible and affordable to people with disabilities
- Coro Latinoamericano and the Latin American Cultural Union, for Canta Pittsburgh, which will promote Latino culture in Pittsburgh through a children's choir, musical instruction and performances
- Just Harvest, Latino Family Center, One Woman Farm and Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh, aiming to expand Citiparks Farmers’ Markets to new, diverse neighborhoods
- J-Serve International, the Agency for Jewish Learning, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and Repair the World Pittsburgh, creating a teen volunteer experience
- University of Pittsburgh's Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth & Empowerment (FORGE) and Keep It Real Pittsburgh, forming a summer camp with English and academic skill-building and creative expression workshops and programming
- Chinese Association for Science and Technology and Chinese Students and Scholars Association at the University of Pittsburgh, working to attract and retain young Chinese talent in the greater Pittsburgh area through networking and mentoring
- Junior Achievement of Western PA, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, South Hill Interfaith Ministries and PRYSE Academy, instituting a Refugee Youth Employment Program
- Dreams of Hope, Father Ryan Arts Center and Little House, Big Art, whose speaQ project is billed as "a youth-led, neighborhood open mic program"
- Christian Evangelic Economic Development and Union of African Communities, creating a diversity festival and speaker series
- Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Northern Area Multiservice Center, creating World Refugee Day Celebration, and
- Black Political Empowerment Project, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Cease Fire/PA and Voices Against Violence establishing a Youth Summit Against Violence.
Writer: Marty Levine