Cities of Learning
Cities of Learning is a nationwide movement to leverage community and government resources to ensure learning doesn’t stop when school lets out.
Launched in Chicago in 2013, Cities of Learning now include Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. with many more cities are lining up to join in 2015! Learn more at citiesoflearning.org.
Pittsburgh City of Learning participants include 20 programs from organizations in the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network including schools, libraries, museums, and other youth-serving organizations offering summer learning experiences with a focus on digital learning, maker learning, STEAM learning, and youth media making.
Assemble is an urban, open, physical space where artists, technologists, and makers of all kinds meet to collaborate and present experimental learning processes to the neighborhood and expanding demographics. Goals for the endeavor include opening creative processes and inspiring confidence through making.
Carnegie Library of Homestead
A 115-year-old thriving community center, the Carnegie Library of Homestead is home to a newly renovated public library, grand concert hall and full athletic club, in the heart of the economically challenged region of Homestead where 23% of families live below poverty level or both parents work to support their household.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the public library system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its main branch is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and it has 19 branch locations throughout the city. The construction of the main library, which opened in 1895, as well as several neighborhood branches, was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center delights, educates, and inspires through interactive experiences in science and technology. As one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center not only provides valuable scientific experiences, but also engages in outreach programs that serve Pittsburgh’s diverse community. It houses programs like the Chevron STEM Center, facilities like the Omnimax Theatre and new Buhl Planetarium, and is the location for countless youth education activities throughout the year.
The Consortium for Public Education
The Consortium is a nonprofit organization working with school districts across western Pennsylvania on initiatives designed to strengthen and broaden school leadership, engage community and empower students. While concentrated in a seven-county area, initiatives often spark collaborations in other Pennsylvania communities and inform policy discussions at the state level.
The Ellis School
The Ellis School is Pittsburgh’s only age 3 through grade 12 independent school dedicated to the education of girls and young women. Both in the classroom and beyond, girls develop the wisdom and courage to express reasoned ideas and to lead others in the pursuit of shared goals.
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a human service agency and network of not-for-profit businesses whose mission is to help people with special needs overcome barriers to employment and enjoy the dignity and benefits of work and improved quality of life.
Heinz History Center
The Senator John Heinz History Center is a Smithsonian Institution-affiliate dedicated to the history of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, located in the Strip District. It is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presenting the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection, all in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of every age!
Hill District Consensus Group
The Hill District Consensus Group’s mission is to work together to establish and enforce standards and processes in all aspects of community life—economic, political, spiritual and social—for the ongoing health and prosperity of the Hill District community.
Holy Family Academy
Holy Family Academy is an independent private Catholic preparatory high school. With a philosophy focused on the dignity and value of work as necessary to live a meaningful life, the school offers students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and real-world, relevant job experience.
MGR Youth Empowerment
MGR Youth Empowerment is about preparing students for the world with the knowledge, skills and opportunities that will help make them into young leaders, partners and allies for change. An empowered youth understands the larger system, tackles issues and utilizes those opportunities to make a difference in their communities.
Neighborhood Learning Alliance
A joint effort involving faith-based community organizations like the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Community House Church and the Hill House Association, the Neighborhood Learning Alliance works to improve education and opportunities for African-American and lower income families.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to encourage the creation and understanding of media and still photography for noncommercial artistic and literary purposes. It is one of the oldest and largest media arts centers in the nation, providing classes, screenings and more for kids and adults.
Steeltown Entertainment Project
Steeltown Entertainment Project helps lead a vibrant, responsible, sustainable entertainment sector in the Pittsburgh region, and provides opportunities for youth interested in filmmaking to connect and to hone their craft beside professional mentors.
TechShop is a national community-based workshop and prototyping studio on a mission to democratize access to the tools of innovation. TechShop Pittsburgh is the seventh location in the family of maker labs, providing the Pittsburgh community with more than 16,000 square feet of workspace.
Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project works to improve the teaching and learning of writing in schools and communities throughout the region. The Project engages teachers in their own writing and professional growth and increases opportunities for young people to develop their writing abilities.
Women and Girls Foundation
The Women and Girls Foundation aims to help women have equal access, opportunity and influence in all aspects of their public and private lives. The organization’s active work is focused on developing female leaders of tomorrow and advancing women’s rights today through advocacy and policy-change.
Pittsburgh City of Learning is a collaborative effort of multiple organizations and part of the national Cities of Learning campaign.
The Sprout Fund
The Sprout Fund supports innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh—making our community a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Through its programs and activities, Sprout enriches the Pittsburgh region’s vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities.
Remake Learning is a collaborative network of people, projects, and organizations working together to provide all children and youth in the Greater Pittsburgh Region with the best available opportunities to learn and be creative. Representing more than 200 organizations spanning schools, museums, libraries, afterschool programs, community centers, higher education institutions, the private sector, and the philanthropic community, network members are developing new models for learning that build on the basics and enable children and youth to develop relevant skills they’ll need to thrive in school, college, the workforce, and civic life.
Digital Youth Network
The Digital Youth Network (DYN) was founded in 2006 by Dr. Nichole Pinkard at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute. DYN is a project that supports organizations, educators and researchers in learning best practices to help develop our youths’ technical, creative, and analytical skills.
The Badge Alliance
The Badge Alliance is a network of organizations and individuals building and enhancing an open badging ecosystem. The members of the Alliance collaboratively tackle important issues, questions and opportunities to support the optimal evolution of the badging ecosystem.
Pittsburgh City of Learning and Cities of Learning national is made possible through the generous support of these funders.
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Started as a single restaurant in Pittsburgh more than 60 years ago, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group has grown into a portfolio of regional foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining. Eat’n Park now serves more than 50 million guests every year in our restaurants, on college and corporate campuses, in retirement communities and hospitals, and in every state through an online store.
Based in Pittsburgh, PA and founded in 1931, Giant Eagle is one of the 40 largest privately-held and family-operated companies in the USA. Giant Eagle serves more than five million customers annually through nearly 400 retail locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
The Grable Foundation
The Grable Foundation is dedicated to helping children and youth become independent, caring, contributing members of society by supporting programs critical to a child’s successful development. With a focus on southwestern Pennsylvania, Grable seeks out nonprofit partners who share a commitment to making the Pittsburgh region the best place to be a kid.