Supporting K-12 students’ academic and social-emotional potential through partnering within educational, co-curricular, and out school time spaces for impact.

Why this is important:

  • As schools in the Pittsburgh area continue to offer virtual learning, students and families need support to ensure they receive the best education possible.
  • Students missed valuable instruction time as
    • 44% of districts that serve Allegheny County Students were not able to start online instruction until April 1st, creating a gap in learning from when the school closures were announced on March 13th (Eddins, Comly & Lapp, 2020).
    • Schools utilized an asynchronous model, so students did not have in-person connection with teachers on a regular basis (Eddins, Comly & Lapp, 2020).
    • Reports found that access to quality and instruction varied and was impacted by race and socio-economic status (Eddins, Comly & Lapp, 2020).
  • A survey from Pittsburgh Public School at the start of the pandemic indicated that 41% of families did not have enough technological devices for their children to participate in online learning and 7% did not have internet access. Though, PPS supplied devices to many families, the need outstretched what they were able to provide (Rihl, 2020).

Drives, Donations, and DIY

Community Empowerment Association Back to School Drive: Donate new school supplies, backpacks, and uniforms at two locations.


Eddins, M., Comly, R., & Lapp, D. (2020). Responses to COVID-19 School Closures A Scan of Continuity of Education Plans for Allegheny County Public Schools. Retrieved from

Rihl, J. (2020, April 09). How the pandemic is exacerbating the digital divide in Allegheny County - PublicSource: News for a better Pittsburgh. Retrieved September 07, 2020, from

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