Turning Up the Heat!
Grantee Spotlight
PROJECT: In-School Coordinator at Arsenal Middle School
PROGRAM: Small & Simple $15,000
Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CISPAC)

Results of a recent national survey found that 88% of U.S. teacher believe student poverty is the #1 barrier to effective learning in the classroom. That report also states that 1.2 million students drop out every years. Each of these students will cost taxpayers roughly $292,000, as they're more likely to need community assistance. Alternatively, the annual cost per student served by Communities in Schools is less than $200! 

Neighborhood Allies is proud to have supported Communities in Schools' In-School Coordinator at Arsenal Middle School. The program positioned a “coordinator” inside the school to assess needs and deliver necessary resources to students with unmet physical, social, and psychological needs that were affecting their ability to learn.

With the help of our Small & Simple Grant CISPAC was able  to accomplish the following:
  • 75% of the participating students maintained or improved their academic performance.
  • 95% improved or remained consistent in reading 
  • 72% improved or remained consistent in math
  • 71% of participating students maintained an attendance rate of 90% or higher
  • 79% of students improved or maintained their behavior throughout the school year
Along with improving academic performance, maintaining consistency was a significant achievement as students who are among the lowest 10% in their school are likely to decline in their academic performance as the school year progresses. 

Upcoming Events
Mortgages for Men
October 10
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Placemaking Awards for Excellence
October 15
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairmont Hotel
510 Market Street,
Pittsburgh, PA 

Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit
October 15
12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
David Lawrence
Convention Center

1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.,
Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Blight Boot Camp
November 7
8:00 am - 3:30 pm | $10.00

Wydham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue, 
Pittsburgh, PA15213 
United States
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After a productive day of strategizing and planning ways to help improve Pittsburgh neighborhoods at our staff retreat on 9/28, the Neighborhood Allies Team took some time for bonding and bowling at Latitude 360!
Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp

The Pittsburgh Blight Working Group made up of the City of PittsburghNeighborhood AlliesGTECH StrategiesPCRG and Design Center is proud to present Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp, a one day event to learn about resources and best practices to increase the impact of community led blight elimination efforts.

The event will include a panel of blight remediation practitioners ranging from local community advocates, government officials, to nonprofit professionals, a keynote address from a regional expert and nine sessions on an array of subjects relating to blight elimination.

Click here to register!! The first 100 registrants will receive a free Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp t-shirt.
Neighborhood Allies and LISC Visit Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, September 30, Neighborhood Allies President and Program Manager, Shad Henderson joined forces with LISC National Federal Policy Directors, Matthew Josephs to meet with staffers of elected officials on Capitol Hill. 

The purpose was to build stronger relationships with our leaders in Washington and to advocate for continued and expanded community development funding. Read more here.
Neighborhood Allies Fellowship Program:
At Work on the Ground

The Neighborhood Allies Community Development Fellowship Program fosters the attraction, acquisition and retention of minorities in the community development sector of greater Pittsburgh. It is a critical component of our commitment to increasing the local talent pipeline, creating succession and bench strength for community based organizations and ultimately, building communities equitably and ensuring that Pittsburgh is the most livable city for ALL.

Neighborhood Allies Fellows commit to a one-year placement–either working here with us at Neighborhood Allies, or in placements at community based organizations in underserved neighborhoods. Our inaugural fellow, Doni Crawford‘s, year-long placement expired this summer, and we think our first fellowship placement was, and will continue to be a great success! 
Read more here.
FOCUS Pittsburgh Group Aims to Service Residents Stressed from Violence
Despite its substantive and rich history, today, the Hill District is littered with many households with multi-generational experiences of Complex Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of urban renewal efforts than happened decades ago.

To help people overcome the existential crisis of trauma stress, Neighborhood Allies is partnering with FOCUS Pittsburgh and a talented team of experts to launch and grow a Trauma-Informed Community Development Strategy. We believe this initiative has the potential to not only address deep-rooted, long-term, systemic issues facing the Hill District, but can also become a national, or even an international model for comprehensive community development. Read more here

“A New Era of Economic Development” Breakfast

Wednesday, September 16th, we co-hosted, with our friends at East Liberty Development Inc. (ELDI), an event dedicated to the NEW era of economic development.

Over 50 individuals, representing community organizations, the foundation community, business owners, workforce development entities, and the like, came out to learn more about and discuss one simple question: What will it take to reduce poverty and prepare people to succeed? 

Circles USA, an organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping families and communities thrive, has been doing this work locally here in Pittsburgh for years. The founder of  Circles, Scott Miller, brought his friend and colleague Mark Lautman, an accomplished Author, Speaker and Economic Architect, to Pittsburgh to discuss the critical and overlapping strategies of increasing the pool of qualified workers and reducing poverty and how we, as a city, can position our residents and communities to grow and thrive economically in the future. Read more here.
In 2014, Neighborhood Allies re-launched as a new and improved, 21st century community development support organization with a renewed and revamped commitment to improving the social and physical infrastructure of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities.

Our mission is to support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods.

We do this by…
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