The All for All Communities Program activates municipalities in welcoming work through commitments to specific actions and collaboration with fellow municipal governments. Our work is centered on the belief that municipalities are strongest when all residents can fully participate in the social, civic, and economic fabric of their communities. Research has shown that growing immigrant populations can help stabilize and revitalize communities by becoming homeowners, paying taxes, filling gaps in the labor force, and opening small businesses.
The goal of the Professional Learning Community is to amplify actions, resources, and best practices for English Language Learners. We developed the program concept with local ESL teachers and education advocates. A cohort of 20 ESL teachers are working together since October 2017 and will conduct action research projects in small teams over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, generating tools and resources to drive professional development in the sector.
A youth-centered day, Kids Without Borders connects youth and families from all backgrounds to positive forms of expression: Slam poetry, Teen photography, Anti-bullying tips, Family yoga, Know Your Rights workshops, and more. At the heart of the inaugural event was a wide-ranging team of community partners who served as content area experts, hosts, sponsors, and volunteers.
The Immigrant Workforce Program is designed to connect unemployed and underemployed immigrants to career pathways. The efforts were built in partnership with the Career Development Center and Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. The next program is slated for Spring 2018.
Launched December 2017, we are partnering with Upwardly Global, a national nonprofit that helps immigrant job seekers rebuild their careers in the U.S., to pilot an online professional skill-building platform at seven local organizations. Several agencies have already shared that the tool is helping career counselors and caseworkers get clients on track to career advancement.
Reason for Reform was an opportunity to showcase new research on contributions of immigrants in the Pittsburgh region. At a data launch event in Braddock, data from the New American Economy was unveiled in tandem with a regional call to action through a public statement made by a cross-sector of local leaders. Elected officials, faith leaders, higher education, and others – declared a shared commitment to building a thriving Pittsburgh region through inclusion and welcoming. Read and sign on to the public statement here.
From Other To Us is our public engagement campaign that lifts up the experiences of immigrants and communities of color. Our latest public forum included a night of youth-led dialogue on race, privilege, school environments, and international events. A Youth panel, moderated by Mila Sanina of Public Source, and keynote from Syrian-American activist Laila Al-Soulaiman, reminded attendees why we should listen to and take a cue from our youth.