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Oratorical Contest Delivers Great Speakers

In addition to the Top 50 and SAR Awards for the Recognition Dinner, tonight will be the night for some great speeches!

In March, we had our annual Oratorical Contest, where our Juniors and Intermediates write a speech, if they choose to do so, about a moment in American History. Participants speak in front of their peers and are judged by a panel of staff & volunteers. It is a great opportunity to research a topic, put the information into a speech and rise to the occasion to stand in front of your peers.

This year, we had 12 participants (11 girls; 1 boy) and they all did a wonderful job. Way to go ladies! : )

It is a part of Heinz House tradition that the winners receive an award from the American Legion as they also participate in the Recognition Dinner event.

This years winners are: Kai Sachon & Marleighna Goehring

If you see anyone that participated, make sure you congratulate them for a job well done!  Special thanks to Kyle, Denise Melcher and Mary Basel for being our judges.

Penny War – 2018

Yay…Sarah Heinz House girl members are the 2018 Penny Wars champion and they celebrated with an Ice Cream Social

Penny Wars is a decades old SHH tradition that is part of each February’s month long, Campaign for Others by which the entire Membership raises funds to award to a selected local charity

This year, the Members selected a sister Northside charity- The Pittsburgh Project -as the recipient of their philanthropic work. This gift will be presented in May.

This wonderful philanthropic initiative is one of the many important ways our Members build character and leadership and demonstrate concern for others- at Sarah Heinz House and across the world.

Way to go girls!!!!

Bulletin – April 2018

Here’s a highlight of this months bulletin:

Attention all GIRLS ages 13-18!     

(Members AND Non-members welcome to sign up)

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering or math (even a little)? Come to this FREE event sponsored by Transportation YOU, brought to you by the WTS Pittsburgh Chapter!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:00am-1:00pm

Sarah Heinz House

Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited for this event so do not wait to register!  Sign up by emailing jgonzales@cecinc.com. There is limited parking on site. Please consider carpooling or being dropped off.

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.

For the full Bulletin, Click Here

 

 

Bulletin – March 2018

Here is the headline of this months Bulletin:

Volunteers – Our Heart & Soul

Every March, we come together to honor and celebrate the heart and soul of Sarah Heinz House, our volunteers.  For over a century, we have survived and thrived off of their generous investment of time, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom.  Hundreds of selfless individuals enter the House annually, each dedicated to making the children they encounter better tomorrow than they are today.  We truly could not do our work without them.

While reflecting on our volunteers, I was struck by a song that I heard on a snowy drive home one evening:  “Chain of Love” by Clay Walker (lyrics below).

“He was driving home one evening, in his beat up Pontiac.  When an old lady flagged him down, her Mercedes had a flat.  He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the snow. ‘Til he said I’m here to help you ma’am, By the way my name is Joe.

She said I’m from St. Louis, and I’m only passing through.  I must have seen a hundred cars go by, this is awful nice of you.  When he changed the tire, and was about to drive away, she said how much do I owe you?  And here’s what he had to say:

You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too.  Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do, don’t let the chain of love end with you.

Well a few miles down the road, the lady saw a small café.  She went in to grab a bite to eat, and then be on her way. But she couldn’t help but notice, how the waitress smiled so sweet, and how she must’ve been eight months along, and dead on her feet

And though she didn’t know her story, and she probably never will, when the waitress went to get her change for a $100 bill the lady slipped right out the door and on a napkin left a note. There were tears in the waitress’s eyes when she read what she wrote.

You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too.  Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do.  Don’t let the chain of love end with you.

That night when she got home from work, the waitress climbed into bed.  She was thinkin’ about the money and what the lady’s note had said. As her husband lay there sleeping, she whispered soft and low.

Everything’s gonna be alright, I love you, Joe.”

Now each of our volunteers could have been like the many cars that passed by, ignoring a person in need of help and guidance, but they chose to stop and get involved instead.  They did not do this from a place of abundant time and resources, but rather, from an inner sense of purpose and desire to pay it forward.

They could have ignored the help and support they had received in their life, mistakenly believing that they were self-made, but they didn’t.  Rather, each of them has lived out the refrain of this song, paying it forward to those behind them and encouraging those they invest in to do the same for others.

Our volunteers have created an amazing chain of love at SHH.  We look forward to the continued links that will be added to this chain with them, and others, by our side.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do.   Your gift of time and unique talent is truly appreciated!

With gratitude,

Jennifer Cairns, Executive Director

For the full bulletin: Click Here

Pittsburgh Steeler visits Basketball Team on Game Day

3rd year NFL Professional Mike Hilton, standout cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, visited Sarah Heinz House.  He came to inspire and cheer on the SHH High School Boys Basketball team, which had a game that evening.

Mike spoke with the players before the game about the qualities of an effective team and how to compete in a fair and responsible manner. Mike also generously provided dinner for the entire team. The players heard from him that sports are an excellent microcosm for life; that we lean on other people and persevere through hardship in the pursuit of success. Mike impressed upon the young men that they, their team, and their future matter to him.

Sarah Heinz House is very grateful to Mike making the time to be part of the lives of the youth we serve.

Youth of the Year – 2018

Youth of the Year is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature efforts to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy.

In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. With a grassroots beginning in 1947, Youth of the Year has evolved into a comprehensive leadership development program.

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.*

Sarah Heinz House has a rich history with this powerful leadership development program. Our program starts internally in the Fall with around 20 of our members. Congratulations to all of our members who were selected throughout the year who worked extensively to prepare and present their written packets and speeches. Throughout the whole process, it is incredible to see how supportive and encouraging the members are to each other.

Meet the exceptional 2018 Finalists:

Seth F.
“I take 2 buses, but the pain of riding the PAT buses, waiting downtown in rain, snow and hail are well worth it because the Club is my “get away life.” I don’t have to stress about anything outside of the Club when I walk through those doors. Everyone can be themselves, showing their flaws and past struggles that have made us who we are today.”

“Heinz House has enabled me to not be defined solely by my sexual orientation, rather, I am defined by my accomplishments as a leader…I know that I will take the lessons I learned at SHH and continue to develop as a strong, confident young man.”



Carolyn R.

“No matter who you are, you will always find somewhere to fit in at SHH. Most importantly, you will find that it is okay to ask for help and that your struggles make you stronger.”

“Heinz is where I finally felt understood and somewhere that I know I will always have support…I know that no matter how bad things might get at home or school that I can come here and everything will be okay.”



Sydney S.

“I feel appreciated at this place and that’s not something you get to feel everywhere. SHH has brought unimaginable joy to my life.”

“SHH has taught me that I don’t have to hide parts of my personality because of stereotypes or labels…I’ve been given the opportunity and thrived. I proved to myself that I could do it. This was because SHH believed in me.”



Jazmine S.

“I have always struggled with my weight and finding confidence within myself. 5 years ago, I went to SHH camp where I was pushed to my limits physically. I never knew how good it felt to be up an active all day, every day, until I went to camp.”

“The Club changed my whole attitude about everything. I have learned that everyone is important in this world, whether you’re black, white, tall, short, loud or quiet, you have a voice and it deserves to be heard. I have never looked like the “popular” or “cute” girl, but through the Club and throughout camp, I’ve learned to love myself and what I look like.”



Laniya W.

“Having a job here has taught me a lot about responsibility and how to work out different conflicts I may face…You learn about respect and connect with people while growing a close bond…You learn how to solve problems in a reasonable way.”

“I learned about who I can really turn out to be if I dedicate myself to it.”


These 5 finalists had the task of providing a timed speech and be interviewed by a panel of 8 judges.

 

Laniya W. was selected to move forward and represent Sarah Heinz House at the state competition of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She will begin this next step of the journey in April, travelling to Harrisburg. Congratulations and Good Luck!

A special thank you to our panel of judges: Kenya Boswell, Beth Crow, Cindy Gerber, Sasha Heinz, Chris Heinz, Susan Lammie, Scott Lammie and Andrea Clark Smith.

 

*Introduction of article from Boys & Girls Clubs of America website. Click Here to read more about BGCA’s Youth of the Year Program

 

 

Bulletin – February 2018

Sneak Peek:

February is “CAMPAIGN For OTHERS”   Month

 During the month of February, the members of Sarah Heinz House take time to consider others who may be less fortunate than ourselves. This year’s recipient is The Pittsburgh Project

The Pittsburgh Project is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that has spent the last 32 years developing servant leaders and upholding the dignity of vulnerable homeowners.  Throughout the year, they operate a series of after-school and summer programs for urban young people, deploys over 1,500 people annually to perform free home repairs for more than 130 of Pittsburgh’s elderly homeowners annually, and provides recreation space through the maintenance of Fowler Park and Fowler Pool.  For more information on The Pittsburgh Project, please go to www.pittsburghproject.org.

Many exciting fund-raising activities are scheduled to benefit the Campaign for Others. Enclosed is a program schedule including dates, times, and fees for many of this month’s events. Take comfort knowing that by participating in the fun and exciting activities, you are providing resources to benefit other kids.

NOTE: On some days when activities are offered during Club or Gym, the schedule may be slightly different for that day.  Please see Campaign For Others event schedule.

For the full Bulletin: Click Here

Bulletin – January 2018

Sneak Peek:

There are a lot of events coming up! Find one (or more) and join us!

Here are a few highlights:

Sat          Jan 13                   Girls Night (See Event)

Jan 13 – Jan 15                    Midd/Sr Boys Camp Weekend at Heinz House Camp ($15; Ask Dan Turkovich for more details)

Mon      Jan 15                    Martin Luther King Day; No programs after 2:00 PM

Sun       Jan 21                    Keystone Club’s Coach Purse Bingo! (See Event)

Fri         Jan 26                    Winter Open House (See Event)

Wed      Jan 31                    PT Staff In-Service Day; No programs after 2:00 PM

For the full Bulletin, CLICK HERE

Holiday Play 2017

Date Line…. Pittsburgh, December 2017

The weather outside was frightful but the reviews are so delightful!. A grateful audience of family members and performance arts advocates rose to their feet in expression of  heartfelt joy for the imaginative performance by the cast of The Witch, The Lion and the Wardrobe – a must see holiday entertainment option.

Obie Award buzz has elevated given the creativity that can only be descried as uber imaginative in assessing set and costume design (beaver tails rocked) makeup artistry and hair styling…. and the special effects – most noteworthy- the humanizing of the lion’s roar from offstage…………(rumor has it the Lucas Film and Disney folks are awe inspired).

There is a hint in the air that Director/Producer Dan “Turk” Turkovich, a tour de force in the youth performance industry, is contemplating a musical production in 2018……..Variety has taken note, will tune in and keep a sharp ear to see if his team becomes a chorus of supporters.

Bulletin – December 2017

Sneak Peek:

Congrats to our Youth of Year Semi-finalists!

Congratulations to this year’s Youth of the Year Semi-finalists. Twelve teen candidates were selected to work with staff on their packet of obstacles and achievements they have faced throughout their lives.  The candidates will be narrowed down to 3-5 finalists over the next two months, and then one candidate will be selected to represent Sarah Heinz House at the State Competition.  Congratulations to Carolyn Roberts, George Brown, Kaitlin Heil, Domenic Grimm, Seth Fabry, Laniya White, Matt Wack, Achante Myles, Sydney Serena, Haley Lex, Charlie Minton, and Jazmine Schon.

For the full December Bulletin: CLICK HERE