The HSCC’s Youth Programs provide educational and fun activities for youth year-round. All of the youth programming is committed to improving the lives of children and youth residing in the Mon Valley.

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)

The Emerging Leaders Program is a workforce development and college readiness program for 130 low income seniors attending East Allegheny, McKeesport Area, Penn Hills, West Mifflin Area, and Woodland Hills High Schools. The KOOL (Kids Outgoing, Outdoing and Learning) Summer Program and Youth Learning In a Fun Environment (LIFE) After-School Program offers academic and social enrichment for youth residing in the Mon Valley area and in first through fifth grades.

The following are the program’s stellar results from the 2014-2015 program year:

  • 99% (99/100) ELP participants earned a high school diploma.
  • 100% (30/30) ELPers funded by the United Way of Allegheny County earned a high school diploma.
  • 91% (90/99) of ELP graduated seniors entered post-secondary training/education.
  • 100% (30/30) of United Way of Allegheny County funded participants graduated with a career plan.
  • 99% (98/99) of ELP graduated seniors entered post-secondary training/education, entered the military, and/or entered the workforce.
  • 90% (90/100) of ELP participants entered post secondary education/training.
  • 36% (36/100) of ELPers entered the workforce.
  • 2% (2/100) of participants entered the military.
  • 100% (30/30) of United Way of Allegheny County funded ELP participants completed their graduation project.
  • 100% (30/30) of United Way of Allegheny County funded ELPers had quarterly grades that demonstrated they were on track to graduate.
  • 99% (99/100) of ELPers participated in a mock interview.
  • 100% (30/30) of United Way of Allegheny County funded participants developed a resume.
  • 100% (100/100) of Emerging Leaders developed a resume.
  • 100% (30/30) of United Way of Allegheny County funded participants completed a job shadow or informational interview/tour.
  • 98% (98/100) of ELP participants completed a job shadow or informational interview/tour.
  • 100% (30/30) of United Way of Allegheny County funded Emerging Leaders researched employment and/or college courses of study and applied to either or both.
  • 99% (99/100) of participants researched employment and/or college courses of study and applied to either or both.
  • In partnership with the 3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board 10 out of the 14 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) participants that interviewed to gain an internship through Learn and Earn accepted positions at various corporations such as Citizens Bank, PNC, and UPMC (13 out of 14 were offered positions). Learn and Earn provides deserving youth in Allegheny County with six-week, paid internships with regional corporate employers. The program provides youth with exposure to the corporate world and career opportunities and emphasizes the connection between school and economic success.
  • One ELP student was chosen to participate in The Heinz Endowments competitive Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship. Recognizing the need to incorporate a youth voice in its grantmaking,The Heinz Endowments employs recent high school graduates as interns. This year, six teams of interns will each award $25,000 in grants.

KOOL (Kids Outgoing, Outdoing, and Learning) Summer Program

Listed below are combined outcomes from this year’s KOOL Summer Program. 154 youth between the ages of six and eleven, 90 of whom were CYF funded:

  • 77%(91/118) of students with sufficient data utilizing Study Island improved in math.
  • 66%(79/118) of students with sufficient data utilizing Study Island improved in reading.
  • 90%(105/118) of students with sufficient data utilizing Study Island improved in math or reading.
  • 59% (91/154) (based on a pre- and post- test) of total students improved or maintained their math skills, as determined through an online computer curriculum, Study Island.
  • 51% (79/154) (based on a pre- and post- test) of students improved or maintained their reading skills, as determined through an online computer curriculum, Study Island.
  • 68% (105/154) (based on a pre- and post- test) of students improved or maintained their math or reading skills, as determined through an online computer curriculum, Study Island.
  • 69% (62/90) (based on a pre- and post- test) of 90 CYF funded students improved or maintained their math skills, as determined through an online computer curriculum, Study Island.
  • 59% (53/90) (based on a pre- and post- test) of 90 CYF funded students improved or maintained their reading skills, as determined through an online computer curriculum, Study Island.
  • 80% (72/90) (based on a pre- and post- test) of 90 CYF funded students improved or maintained their math or reading skills, as determined through an online computer curriculum, Study Island.
  • All students were afforded a safe, educational, social, and recreational place to spend their summer days for eight hours a day, five days a week, for seven weeks.
  • Attended cultural field trips to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium and Carnegie Museum of Natural History through a partnership with the Tickets for Kids Charities.
  • All youth (approximately 150) took part in a creative and education presentation from The Mattress Factory.  This presentation taught students about installation art and allowed them to create their own.
  • All youth (approximately 150) took part in a Fire Prevention presentation from the Turtle Creek Fire Department.  This presentation taught students the basics of fire safety.
  • 133 participants took part in an educational presentation from The Peace Project.  This presentation encouraged non-violent conflict resolution.
  • 42 participants in second and third grades attended a cooking class with the Penn State Cooperative Extension where they learned how to make several nutritious snacks or meals that they can make at home on their own.
  • 120 participants participated in multiple antiviolence and teamwork activities with Communities in Action for Peace.
  • 60 participants attended an educational presentation on Cyber Safety from the Attorney General’s Office. This presentation taught students the importance of safe computer usage.
  • 67 participants in the first and second grades attended Community Education classes with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to learn about the hospital and understand the positive aspects of what is offered.

Youth LIFE (Learning In a Fun Environment) After-School Program

Listed below are combined outcomes from Youth LIFE After-School Program:

  • 71%(72/102) of Youth LIFE participants with sufficient data utilizing Study Island improved in math.
  • 64%(65/102) of Youth LIFE participants with sufficient data utilizing Study Island improved in reading.
  • 73%(74/102) of Youth LIFE participants with sufficient data utilizing Study Island improved in math or reading.
  • 37%(38/102) of Youth LIFE participants with sufficient data improved their school grades in math.
  • 50%(51/102) of Youth LIFE participants with sufficient data improved their school grades in reading.
  • 61%(62/102) of Youth LIFE participants with sufficient data improved their school grades in math or reading.
  • 85% (87/102) of all youth participants with sufficient data did not miss 10% or more of school days.
  • 90% of all PATHS participants funded by the United Way of Allegheny County reduced violent and/or problem behavior.
  • 100%(60/60)of students funded by the United Way of Allegheny County participated in the tutorial services were promoted to the next grade
  • 100%(60/60) of all youth funded by the United Way of Allegheny County in the Youth LIFE Program who participated in the tutorial services completed their homework on a regular basis.
  • 100%(60/60) of Youth LIFE students funded by the United Way of Allegheny County demonstrated improvement in their math skills (i.e. Study Island, actual standardized tests (4Sight. DIBELS, TerraNova, PSSA).
  • 100%(60/60) of Youth LIFE students funded by the United Way of Allegheny County demonstrated improvement in their reading skills (i.e. Study Island, actual standardized tests (4Sight. DIBELS, TerraNova, PSSA).
  • 100%(60/60) of Youth LIFE students funded by the United Way of Allegheny County demonstrated improvement in their math or reading skills (i.e. Study Island, actual standardized tests (4Sight. DIBELS, TerraNova, PSSA).
  • 100% (60/60) of Youth LIFE participants funded by the United Way of Allegheny County engaged in educational activities two days per week throughout the school year as measured by their attendance/point sheets.
  • 89% (62/70) of Youth LIFE students funded by the CYF did not miss 10% or more of school days.
  • 66% (46/70) of Youth LIFE students funded by the CYF demonstrated improvement in their math skills (i.e. Study Island, actual standardized tests (4Sight. DIBELS, TerraNova, PSSA).
  • 64%(45/70) of Youth LIFE students funded by CYF demonstrated improvement in their reading skills (i.e. Study Island, actual standardized tests (4Sight. DIBELS, TerraNova, PSSA).
  • 67%(47/70) of Youth LIFE students funded by CYF demonstrated improvement in their math or reading skills (i.e. Study Island, actual standardized tests (4Sight. DIBELS, TerraNova, PSSA).