PACS program keeps busy this fall!

College in High School Launch Event at Westinghouse Academy, September 15, 2016

On September 15, 2016, PACS celebrated the launch of the first School of Social Work and non-Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences College in High School course at Westinghouse Academy.  The event included a welcome from Meridia Sanders, Program Coordinator for First Year Experience in the Department of Student Life, a welcome from Dr. John Wallace, an introduction of the CHS team (Dr. Michael Giazzoni and Caily Grube) and Pitt School of Social Work team members (Keith Caldwell, Marcus Poindexter, Esohe Osai, and Chalis Henderson).  Each student introduced themselves and spoke about why they enrolled in the course and what they hoped to gain from such a prestigious experience.  Each student enrolled in the course will receive three Pitt credits and free application to Pitt. There are 14 juniors and seniors enrolled in the course and tuition is sponsored by the School of Social Work. See photos.

Community Canvassing Event, September 17, 2016

PACS hosted 16 undergraduate and graduate volunteers from Pitt to canvass in the Homewood community about school attendance.  This event was a part of Pitt's annual United Way Day of Caring.  Volunteers went to residents and businesses in Homewood and discussed the importance of being a "School H.E.R.O. - Here Every day Ready and On Time".  This event was sponsored by the Homewood Children's Village, Pitt Community & Governmental Relations, and PACS. See photos.

PACS Hosts Volunteer Orientation, September 20, 2016

PACS hosted its first Volunteer Orientation on September 20, 2016.  Nine students attended to learn more about the Homewood community and opportunities to volunteer with PACS.  The students were welcomed by Dr. John Wallace.  The orientation included an overview of the Homewood community, Homewood Children's Village, and the schools PACS served.  Students also learned about trauma-informed care and the Helping H.A.N.D.S. service model.  After orientation, students were able to sign up for volunteer opportunities in the Homewood community.  To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit See photos.