Mission: The Pittsburgh Promise promotes high educational aspirations among urban youth, funds scholarships for post-secondary access, and fuels a prepared and diverse regional workforce.
Results: ~ 8,037 students have received up to $20,000 for post-secondary education in college, trade or technical school
~ 2,500 of those students have graduated from their program
~ $111 million has been issued in scholarships
~ Graduation rates in the Pittsburgh Public Schools have increased from 63% to 80% since the inception of The Pittsburgh Promise
~ College retention rate (years 1-2) of Promise scholars: 76%
~ Promise Scholars are earning their Bachelor's degrees at rates which are comparable to or higher than the rest of their peers across the county, depending on the type of institution they attend.
Programs: We envision a future where all urban youth are equipped to reach post-secondary success, our public schools serve all children excellently, our city is flourishing in all of its neighborhoods, and our workforce is widely diverse and highly skilled to advance a region that is good and just for all.
I am an intern with The Pittsburgh Promise and I can say that I have learned something viable from each employee here. They exceeded my expectation what an internship would be here. The following statement is overused and exaggerated a lot, but I honestly can say I am surrounded by individuals, from all different education, religion, and professional backgrounds but each of them love what they do, and it is reflected in the work that they are doing in our community. Not only have I gained experience working in a professional environment and are connected to their pool of resources but they each took the time to work on my resume, included me in banquet and fundraisers, asked me to speak to high-school ambassadors, and took the time to listen to my long-term goals and provided me with the resources to reach them. Not only is The Pittsburgh Promise an amazing scholarship opportunity but it reaches back out to students with the Career Launch Program which gives students access to meet business leaders in the Pittsburgh area.