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YouthVoice Coalition: Seeking Members

The YouthVoice Coalition seeks to amplify youth voices and empower young people to enact positive change within their communities. The coalition holds monthly virtual meetings in which youth come together with adult professionals to share their ideas and experiences while developing skills and tools that promote leadership. Together, youth engage with policy and discuss how to advocate for the issues that are important to them.

For more information or to apply, contact Jaron Paul, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, or Winnie Black, PSAYDN.


FREE 5-Week Summer Program for 15 Graduating Seniors

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and BB&T (now Truist) are offering a free 5-week summer program for 15 U.S. graduating seniors who may have academic or other barriers to traditionally entering TSCT. The program provides hands-on learning, paid training, and for those who complete the program successfully, entrance into TSCT.

A prerequisite for being eligible for the program is the completion of the Ready2Work program, which can be completed during or outside of school hours. Students, who complete the Ready2Work program successfully, which contains eight soft skills courses, will earn an ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate.

For eligibility and next steps, contact Carissa Pinkard, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board.
For more information about the summer program, contact Amy Welsh, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology


Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021

Based at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, this program targets girls in grades 9-10 who come from underserved populations and demonstrate an interest and aptitude in natural science and engineering. The initiative includes innovative curriculum development, student internships, and student and mentor professional development. They are seeking 12 mentors to supervise EngWINS students in their labs, research facilities, and other types of engineering worksites. For more information, contact Betty Louis, EngWINS.


Judging week: Monday, March 1 through Thursday, March 4, 2021

Are you a STEM company/organization or employee looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? Are you a former teacher who wants to continue to promote science? Are you a student, staff or researcher who wants to excite the next generation? Then consider being a virtual judge at the Carver Science Fair.


February 22-26, 2021

Despite a growing push for financial literacy classes to be offered in schools, many youths across the state still do not have access to the resources that they need to prepare them for the future. Savings Week aims to help bridge the gap by familiarizing youth of all ages with the financial literacy tools that will help them succeed. Professionals will lead workshops that cover a variety of topics like budgeting, financing education, investing, and more. Read the full post for more information on each session being offered.


For almost a year, public school districts across the country have grappled with the daunting challenge of educating children in the midst of a pandemic. The strategies they have used are as varied as the political viewpoints, economics and demographics of the country itself.


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