To ensure positive activities and direction for area youth.
- To provide youth exposure to career opportunities through job shadowing and career exploitation.
For more information on the Working Group on Youth, contact the Mon Valley Providers Council at 412-829-7112.
- Lynn Miklos Tatala, Project Elect
- Jim Phillips, TCV Community Services
The Working Group on Youth meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10am. The September through June meetings are at the Human Services Center at 413 Penn Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145 (first floor)
In 1990, the School-to-Community Working Group was started to link social service providers and their resources to schools in their communities. Indirectly, the education system provides an outstanding vehicle for addressing issues of families and youth at-risk because of its direct access to you on a daily basis for three quarters of the year. Despite in-roads into two school districts (Woodland Hills and East Allegheny), the majority of schools were uncooperative at best. In 1994, the Steering Committee decided to shift the focus of the Group to the Youth directly.
This led to the implementation of the Youth Opportunity Stipends in 1995. Designed to provide youth with paid opportunities to expose them to employment skills, community service, and positive mentoring experiences, In 1999, 32 youth participated in six community projects. Experiences over the past five years have included: working with a summer camp for disadvantaged youth, serving food to needy persons, creating community gardens, assisting with a family movie night, developing a community history quilt, and many others.