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LaunchPad bridges the opportunity gap that can discourage economically disadvantaged and marginalized high school girls from pursuing STEM (“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”) educations and careers. A workforce development initiative, LaunchPad provides weekly out-of-school time sessions in which girls participate in STEM enrichment activities; explore post-secondary education and careers; and learn skills such as goal-setting, decision-making, and financial literacy.

In addition to weekly sessions, students are invited to participate in Saturday sessions once per month where they visit local college campuses while engaging in STEM, college & career, and life skill workshops. YWCA also offers certification in a STEM area, providing girls with tangible resume development.

Following Governor Wolf’s directive, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s operations remain largely virtual.  As we adapt to our modified schedule, appointments are required.  Our Homewood-Brushton Early Child Development Center is open, with special precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our Pre-K Counts classrooms in Homewood and Braddock Hills will open in the fall. Click here to view our family welcome packet for more information. Please check our website frequently for service updates and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. For a list of local resources, please follow this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by texting your zip code to 898-211, visiting pa211sw.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

If you need immediate assistance through the Resource Center, please complete our online application by clicking the button below.

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