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Community Innovation Training for Youth (CITY)

Community Innovation Training for Youth (CITY)

CITY Program students

The CITY program creates individualized pathways to life success for high school students in the Pittsburgh area, providing them with unique, engaging, out-of-classroom learning opportunities. The program’s goal is to help students develop the skills needed to succeed academically and live a prosperous and rewarding life after graduation.

Participating in the CITY program can give students an improved understanding of their post-secondary education and career options, such as pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree, enrolling in a technical school, exploring an entrepreneurial endeavor, or apprenticing with one of the more than 30 unions in the Pittsburgh region.

Students: explore your future and improve your community

All Pittsburgh public high school students in grades 10 through 12 are invited to join the CITY program.

Robust learning opportunities

Participate in projects and activities related to your goals and interests, and develop a personalized career-preparation plan. Activities include hands-on STEAM and entrepreneurship activities, projects at the Citizen Science Lab, cooking demonstrations, museum tours, outdoor team-building experiences, cultural center visits, and live performances.

Individualized mentoring

Work with mentors from the Pittsburgh area during your time in the CITY program. Mentors will help you define your personal interests, sharpen your skills, and expand your knowledge. You’ll discuss future goals and assess your development in the areas of communication, leadership, networking, and problem-solving.

Community engagement

Visit colleges and technical schools and explore other post-secondary education opportunities while taking part in service-learning projects to benefit the community. Past projects have included a cleanup of the historic Crawford Grill, which allowed students to create and present individual site plans, as well as an ongoing partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Garden.

Activities at a distance  

While you’re at home, visit the At-Home Resources page to find engaging activities covering a variety of topics. Everything, from computer coding to museum tours, is available from your computer.

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Times and Location

The CITY program is held at Penn State Center Pittsburgh in the Energy Innovation Center and is offered during the school year and the summer.

  • School-year session: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from September through December and February through May.
  • Summer session: Monday afternoons as well as all day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Community members: CITY thrives on your support

There are many ways community members can engage with the CITY program:

  • Nominate a student to the program who could benefit from an alternative learning experience.
  • Share information about CITY with teachers and administrators at your school.
  • Offer an out-of-classroom learning experience to the CITY student group.
  • Volunteer to mentor promising students.

For more information

To learn more about the CITY program or to become a mentor please contact:

Emma Hance
CITY Program Manager
Phone: 412-482-3457

If you are unable to participate as a mentor or educator but value the CITY mission, you can make a financial contribution that will directly help Pittsburgh-area students successfully transition to adulthood.