One of the main components of the after-school program I work at is service. The high school students must complete at least 10 service projects by the end of the school year, and the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy where I work at Oliver High School has completed about 7 projects so far.
To fund a big project idea the students had, I recently applied for a grant through Pittsburgh Voices of Youth. The project we request funding for is called “Speak Up Oliver High School.” If our group wins the money, we will work with the non-profit called PAX/Real Solutions for Gun Violence to set up a special text messaging code for Oliver High School. Students and community members can use the anonymous text code to report a weapon in their school. The text alerts the nearest police department, which we would set up beforehand with PAX.
There were originally about 35 awesome projects that requested funding for their unique social development projects. Earlier this week, a panel from Pittsburgh Voices of Youth narrowed the projects down to 7 finalists, and “Speak Up Oliver High School” is one of the finalists! It now comes down to a vote, and the top 3 projects with the most votes on March 15th are each awarded up to $15,000 for their project!
To learn more about Oliver PYLA’s project and read about the other 6 finalists, click here: www.pghvoicesofyouth.org/vote
Please vote for “Speak Up Oliver High School” and help the kids in my after-school program win the grant for their awesome service project idea!