University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Students to Work with Solomon Homes Community on After-School Pilot Program

The City of Johnstown’s Solomon Homes community will be the site of the launch of an after-school pilot program on March 28, 2019, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., which was initiated by Pitt-Johnstown.

The event will include Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes who will coordinate activities focused on topics including the importance of teamwork, leadership development, and cooperation with children from the Solomon Homes community. The student mentors and Diversity Committee members comprise “Communi-Teams” that represent the importance the University places on providing mentorship opportunities for students.

The program is part of Hope for Johnstown (H4J), which worked with the city of Johnstown to acquire a grant from the PA Commission for Crime and Delinquency to fund initial staffing of a “Cure Violence” initiative.

The Diversity Committee at Pitt-Johnstown, in partnership with community members, addressed the needs of the community. One target need was after-school activities.

An interdisciplinary group of Pitt-Johnstown faculty applied for and was awarded a University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Office Seed Grant titled “A Place for Pitt-Johnstown in the Cure Violence: Johnstown Campaign.” The awardees are Dr. Christine Dahlin, Biology; Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, Education; Dr. Jill Henning, Biology; Dr. Stephanie Jimenez, Psychology; Dr. Ross Kleinstuber, Sociology; and Dr. Jeremiah Coldsmith, Sociology.

These faculty will work with local and regional community organizations to launch the research-based Cure Violence program in the Johnstown area, with the goals of halting the progress of violence and building stronger communities.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.