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PeerCorps Middle: Pittsburgh 2020-21 Registration

Thank you for your interest in PeerCorps. If you're looking for a unique service opportunity or b'mitzvah program that allows you to pursue social justice rooted in Jewish values--you've come to the right place! PeerCorps Middle is open to 6-8th graders. 

Questions? Please don't hesitate to email us at peercorpspittsburgh@weRepair.org.
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Program Schedule

PeerCorps Middle will meet weekly on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom (or in person if that becomes possible). The fall cycle begins the second week of September and runs through the second week in December. The fall cycle dates and themes are listed below:

September 3rd
-Orientation/Welcome to PeerCorps!
September 10th
-Local context and history -What does it mean to volunteer in a community other than your own?

September 16th
-Racial justice and white privilege
September 24th
-Sukkot and food justice -Volunteering
 
October 1st - Off week!
October 8th
-Economic justice -Volunteering
October 15th
-Indigenous Peoples Day/Colonialism
October 22nd
-Leadership training
October 29th - Off week!
November  5th
-Voting rights -Volunteering
November 12th
-Education justice -Volunteering
November 19th
-Ability status -Volunteering
November 26th - Off week!
December 3rd
-Ageism and social isolation -Volunteering
December 10th
-Closing Hanukkah Party!

December 17th - Flex week!
Timing of Program
The following programs are available at the below times.

Sheridan Avenue Orchard
Plant vegetables, tend to crops, weed, and complete small construction projects as needed! All while learning about food security in our area! Food grown in the garden will be donated to East End Cooperative Ministry.
   Mondays 5:30-7:30pm:

  • February 10 & 24 (5-7pm @ Squirrel Hill Food Pantry)
  • March 16
  • April 27
  • May 4 & 18
Circles East Liberty 
Support the work of Circles by engaging in team building activities with kids of Circles families. This could include homework help, reading buddies, and preparing food! They may also join the community dinner at 6pm. All while learning about poverty in our area.
   Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm, w/ optional community dinner at 6pm!
  • February 11 & 25
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 5 & 19
Braddock Free Store
Spend your Saturday morning sorting and organizing clothes and other donations with members of the community at the Free Store! We will learn about the impact this service has on the community and about poverty in our area.
   Saturdays 9am-12pm:
  • February 8 & 29
  • March 14
  • April 25
  • May 9 & 30
Jewish Association on Aging
Volunteer with seniors at the JAA- engaging and forging intergenerational connections through creative activities! We will learn about ageism and the power of intergenerational knowledge.
 
   Sundays 1-3pm:
  • February 9 & 23
  • March 15
  • April 26
  • May 17 & 31
Friendship Circle 
Participate in the Sunday Circle program alongside friends with differing abilities and observe and document locations around the city for their level of accessibility. We will learn about what makes spaces accessible and the importance of building relationships across different abilities.
   Sundays 1-3pm (unless otherwise indicated):
  • February 2
  • February 9 (site visit in Oakland) 
  • March 1
  • March 22 (4-5pm)
  • May 3 (12:30-5pm trip to Kennywood)
  • June 7
If you have any questions, please write to us at peercorpspittsburgh@weRepair.org.Thank you so much for your interest.
Your Application Type
PeerCorps Middle Experience: B Mitzah age students commit to about 2 sessions per month at a grassroots service organization September-December (Fall) and/or Jan-May (Spring). Mentees work and learn alongside Mentors with built-in reflection and learning around their service issue areas. Mentees are typically between 6th and 8th grade.


Kesher Experience: Similar to the mentee experience, but for teens looking for a bridge experience in-between being a Mentor and a Mentee. Kesher students are typically in 9th grade.

PeerCorps Middle: Cycle Registration

PeerCorps Middle is structured around the academic year with a fall and spring cycle that build upon each other. Please indicate which cycles you can join us for below. We encourage you to join us for the full year experience!

Note: The Spring cycle may look different than the fall based upon our ability to gather in person and go to volunteer sites. For this reason, the finalized Spring cycle schedule will be shared out over the winter.

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Wrapping Up





We are so excited that you or your family is participating in Repair the World Pittsburgh's PeerCorps programming. We are grateful for your support and your family's desire to serve.

To ensure the sustainability of the program, we ask all of our families to make a payment per cycle of $125. If you child is signing up for the entire year, this would be a $250 payment.

For those with more resources, we ask for you to consider giving more so as to make possible the participation of a child from a family who otherwise would not be able to. 

For those for whom the full fee represents a financial hardship, please select the payment option (either partial or full scholarship) that works for your family.

Optional Donation
We are so excited to be able to waive our standard program fee and offer you/your child(ren) this virtual version of our PeerCorps program for free. 

For those who are still interested in providing financial support to this transformative youth program, we encourage you to do so and are incredibly grateful for your support. If you so choose, you may select your donation amount below.


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