This has been a busy week for PYLA as we race to complete three service projects! As a recap, I work at an after school program called the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy at Oliver High School. The program is for 9th and 10th graders, and includes leadership activities, field trips, and service projects, among other things! The program requires that each school complete 10 service projects throughout the school year, and Oliver’s PYLA is in the middle of some big ones!
For the past three sessions, we have been working on making 20 no-sew fleece blankets for “Winter Fun Kits” that the students will be donating to mothers and children at the Sojourner House, a recovery home in East Liberty. We have been working for hours cutting and tieing, and are very close to completing all 20 blankets! The students ended up loving working on the blankets. They often put music on and used the time to relax and unwind after a hectic school day. The Kits will eventually include books and winter accessories; we plan to present the Winter Fun Kits to the Sojournor House in February.
The students are also actively working on another service project aimed at interaction with younger peers. We will be heading to the Providence Family Support Center next Thursday. There, the PYLA students will read to the younger kids, and teach a lesson about Martin Luther King Jr.
As if those two major projects aren’t enough for the PYLA students, a group of them will be painting the inside of a home for a community member this weekend. The students are excited about this opportunity to help a local family, and I think they will enjoy the painting as well!
It has been a busy week for the leaders and students at Oliver’s PYLA, but we are all really enjoying making a positive influence on the community.