NAACP National Education Program has tapped POISE Foundation to partner in the management of its National Scholarship Program. The NAACP National Education Program strives to ensure that all students have access to an equal and high-quality public education by eliminating education-related racial and ethnic disparities in our public schools.
"POISE Foundation is honored to provide scholarship administration for the National NAACP Scholarship Program," stated Karris Jackson, Vice President of Programs at POISE. "We believe education is one of the key ingredients to success and envision a nation in which all members of the Black Community are empowered and self-sufficient."
Currently the POISE Foundation manages over 60 scholarship funds and provides management and support to a host of individual donors and review committees. POISE will manage the online submission process for applicants and serve as the main contact for students applying for one of the two NAACP scholarships: Agnes Jones Jackson and Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for Male Students.
On the Huffington Post, Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation, makes the case for cultivating all kids' creativity and their ability to solve problems we can't even imagine today. He describes the work of the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network by writing, "While still building kids' skills in the tried-and-true subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic, today's innovators -- like those in the Kids+Creativity Network -- are simultaneously attending to learning that helps kids develop critical thinking, tenacity, and resourcefulness. They're thinking more like the Jetsons and less like the Flintstones."
American Eagle Outfitters has announced it will be partnering with I:Collect, a global textile recycling company, to collect used clothing, shoes and textiles at six participating retail locations in a pilot program starting January 13. Once collected, these valuable raw materials can be recycled and put to a new use, thereby decreasing waste in landfills and contributing to a more sustainable world.
This American Eagle Outfitters pilot program will last for four weeks. Any used or unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles from any brand can be dropped by customers into specifically marked I:CO boxes, found at the six participating retail stores in Ross Park Mall, Cranberry Mall, Monroeville Mall, South Hills Village Mall, South Side Works, and The Mall at Robinson. Customers who donate used goods will be rewarded with a 15 percent in-store discount to be used that day, as well as the knowledge that they helped reduce the 22.3 billion pounds of clothing annually discarded in the U.S..
Helga Ying, Vice President of External Engagement and Social Responsibility, said "With the help of our customers, we can prevent tons of materials from being simply tossed away. Instead, they will be reused or reverted to basic materials for manufacturing and will produce far less waste to the lands that we often take for granted."[more...]
The holidays can be especially difficult for families in need, and nonprofits that serve them continue to report rising requests for assistance. In some areas, according to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, requests for help with foods are up as much as 40 percent.
On December 10, The Pittsburgh Foundation issued an emergency community-wide appeal for contributions to help food banks in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties meet this unprecedented rise in demand. And the region responded generously: in four weeks nearly 1.400 individual donations were received at www.pittsburghgives.org All contributions were matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation, which also covered credit card transaction fees. The total raised -- $617,804 -- went directly to area food banks and food pantries.
"It is especially significant that so many, including many of the Foundation's donors, stepped up at a time of year when traditionally there are many additional demands on family finances due to the holiday season," said Grant Oliphant, the foundation's CEO. "We are delighted with what has been a tremendous outpouring of support for our neighbors in need."