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A Path Appears: Episode Two--March 31

The Homestretch--April 7

Spring 2015 MEET & GREETS

Happy Hour at Industry Public House--April 14


A Path Appears: Episode Two

When: March 31, 2015 at 6pm

Where: WQED Studios

Cost: FREE and includes snacks

Registration: Please register online http://wqedapathappears.eventbrite.com

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At the event, we will specifically screen the segment of Episode Two that focuses on the importance of early education for children, and explores the link between lack of access to resources and education, and poverty. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including staff from Save the Children who were involved in the film and representatives from Pittsburgh's early childhood and housing communities. Meet the panelists.

Can't make it to the event? Join the livestream of the screening and conversation, also starting at 6pm on March 31. Learn more.

About A Path Appears: Episode Two
With Nicholas Kristof, Jennifer Garner returns to her native West Virginia to visit families enrolled in Save the Children’s Early Steps program, which introduces books and early learning to children living in poverty, and provides social and emotional support for the mothers. One child benefiting from the program is Johnny Weethee, who was just accepted into pre-K with the help of program coordinator Tonya Bonecutter. Another family in Tonya’s care is that of Lyn Sargent, who lives in a trailer with her husband, two children, and eight others. An example of how hard it can be to break the cycle of poverty, sexual and drug abuse, Lyn is now enrolled in school full-time, hoping to provide a better future for her children.


Anna Hardway is Save the Children’s State Director of Programs and Partnerships for South Carolina, West Virginia and Alabama.  Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Anna spends her days providing training and technical assistance, managing staff, connecting with stakeholders at all levels, managing budgets, and taking a leadership role in special initiatives like A Path Appears, Reconnecting McDowell and Innovative Approaches to Literacy.  Anna taught in West Virginia’s public school system for 10 years as a Reading Specialist, and is also an educational research consultant in the Assessment and Accountability industry.  She has been working for Save the Children for 5 years.  She has served as a member of WVU’s Community Partnership Board since 2013 and recently became a member of the board of West Virginia Community Voices.  Anna has worked her whole career to add value to the rural, high poverty communities by impacting issues that stand as roadblocks to success for children and families.

Cara Ciminillo is the Director of Operations for the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) which works to support high-quality care and education for young children from birth until age nine across 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. PAEYC provides professional development, community resources and advocacy for the needs and rights of children, their families and the individuals who work with them. For more than a decade, Cara directed groups of teenagers in construction-based, cross-cultural service programs across the world. She had the opportunity to build and play in Australia, Peru and throughout the Caribbean. Currently, Cara sits on the Board of Directors for the Three Rivers Village School, a democratic school in Pittsburgh where play and curiosity is the foundation for learning.

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The Homestretch

When: April 7, 2015

Where: WQED Studios

Cost: FREE and includes dinner

Registration: Please register online https://thehomestretchwqed.eventbrite.com

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About The Homestretch
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.


Meet & Greets

Spring Girls Coalition Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Industry Public House, 4305 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Register: FREE to attend, please register online

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Join The Girls Coalition for spring happy hour at Industry Public House! Network and learn more about how we provide great opportunities for those individuals and organizations that serve, support, or advocate for girls and young women in SWPA. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.


Please contact info@girlscoalitionswpa.org.