Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students












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In the spring of 2013, PACES began implementing its first programs.  Thanks to the support of our generous donors, all of our programs are available to students and educators at no cost.

PACES programs are developed in keeping with our mission to enrich students, support teachers, and foster community. Programs take on a variety of forms based on participant need or interest. While we do create most of our programs as an organization, we are open to talking with educators or community members who would like assistance developing new programs, as well. Guiding all our efforts is the belief that the best educational opportunities and outcomes are achieved when all invested entities - students, teachers and school staff, families, community members - work together.


Some of our programs include:

Recent and Current Programs

  • Out-of-School Time Program Leadership Workshops and Presentations
    In the summer of 2016, PACES began offering presentations, training sessions, and workshops to out-of-school time program leaders, staff, and volunteers. These programs are aimed at adults who are not trained educators, but still work with students in educational out-of-school settings (such as tutoring, recreational programs, camps, etc.). Contact us if you are interested in learning more >>

  • Susan M. Schantz Fund for Communications Education Writing Contest
    Now posted...2016 contest winner.  View guidelines, rules, and results >>

  • Veterans: Discuss.Reflect.Serve. 
    PACES offers single and multi-day programs to educate students about veterans affairs. Read more about Veterans: DRS >>

  • Hand Raisers
    This new initiative from PACES seeks to encourage discussion between education participants by providing school issue awareness campaigns.
    Learn more >>

  • View Finders
    View Finders encourages high school students to “find their views” on a range of contemporary issues. Past sessions have focused on using art and architecture as a way to explore social issues. More on our 2015-2016 school year sessions >>

  • STEAM Outreach
    PACES provides project/experiment-based learning activities to K-6 after-school programs in areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  
    View photos from our most recent program >>

  • Writing Workshops
    Workshops can take a variety of forms based on teacher and student need. Read about our most recent programs >>
    Contact us if you're interested in setting up a workshop visit.

  • Colloquium
    A new offering for Pitt's Future Educators of America student organization was provided in  February 2016. See how students responded to our past presentations >

Past Programs

  • Stock the School
    PACES conducted a school supply drive during the fall of 2014. We partnered with other local community organizations and gathered thousands of supplies for Wilkinsburg Middle School. Learn more >> 

  • Connecting Community and Curriculum - Social Studies Outreach Programs 
    In the summers of 2014 and 2015, we provided workshops and field trips that connect community and curriculum for the Pittsburgh Youth Refugee Summer Enrichment Academy. 
    Learn more >>​ 
    PACES also has partnered with local teachers to provide enrichment opportunities including field trips and
     a “World History Exhibition” project. 

  • "Encounters: Art in the City" 
    PACES is pleased to announce the success of our partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) for a new and innovative program, made possible thanks to Pitt's University Honors College Service Learning Course Development Grant. Local high school students worked with HAA undergraduate students to not only explore public art, but to collaborate on the creation of art and installation projects which was exhibited in the University Art Gallery in May 2014. Learn more and meet the participants.

We are a small non-profit organization in the early stages of fulfilling our mission. We are committed to growing our programs and extending our outreach through the coming years.