Category Archives: Spotlight

09 Jan

Staff Spotlight: Dale Crawford

Dale Crawford is NLA’s lead Program Coordinator.  Learn more about her below! WHO ARE YOU?  WHERE ARE YOU FROM?  HOW DID YOU GET HERE? My name is Dale Crawford. I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia.  I went to college in ...

13 Jul

Student Voice: Monet & Nakaiya in the Carlow Summer College Course Program

Neighborhood Learning Alliance is providing scholarships to 60 students in one of three 8-week College in High School classes offered by Carlow University this summer, mid-June to mid-August. The scholarship covers class tuition, class textbook, transportation for eligible students, and cost of ...

24 Mar

Volunteers Invaluable to Students and Staff in Afterschool Programs

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, the afterschool program at Arsenal Elementary School is graced by the presence of volunteer Arleen Smigielski.  Run by Neighborhood Learning Alliance, in partnership with Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, the afterschool program takes place every week Monday through ...

24 Jan

Pittsburgh Police volunteer with Little Learning Warriors

In four of our elementary afterschool programs, Pittsburgh Police Officers have been volunteering their time with the Little Learning Warriors.  From Zones 1, 2, 3, and 5, the officers visit, read to, and spend time with the students for one ...

28 Oct

Staff Spotlight: Emma Tobias

Meet Emma Tobias, NLA’s Middle Warriors Coordinator for the afterschool programs at Arsenal, Westinghouse, Arlington, and Morrow. Who are you?  Where are you from?  How did you get here? My name is Emma Tobias.  I grew up in a suburb ...

26 Aug

ScribbleUp App helps students learn Reading Skills

By Brittany McLaughlin This summer, a small group of our Little Reading Warriors used ScribbleUp’s iPad apps to support their reading learning, with the help of our Reading Warrior tutors.  Over 8 weeks, they practiced short and long vowels, the ...

24 Aug

Student Voice: Shahada Abdul-Ghaffar reflects on college & career workshop at Deloitte

By Shahada Abdul-Ghaffar On August 12, 2016 a group of about 25 young adults, including myself, went to Deloitte in Market Square for a college/ career workshop. The Deloitte staff where kind enough to provide us with breakfast. There were ...

19 Aug

BGC Summer Warriors Design and Engineer Bridges

The students in Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s Summer Warriors Program designed and engineered bridges!   The students began with an introduction to types of bridges and how they operate, such as an arch bridge, a beam bridge, and truss bridge.  They learned about ...

17 Aug

Student Spotlight: Summer Math Geniuses Isaiah, Jamaica, and Sachin

For rising 9th graders or any high school student, Math Geniuses has been Neighborhood Learning Alliance’s summer program offered as a no-cost opportunity to dramatically increase students’ abilities in algebra this summer while receiving direct 1-on-1 attention from knowledgeable tutors ...

16 Aug

Students blog about collective experience of Summer College Program at Carlow University

    This summer, twenty-two Pittsburgh Public School students have gotten a true “college experience”.  While taking a Human Resource Management course at Carlow University and attending tutoring sessions, these students have earned 3 college credits and are eligible for ...