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

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

  • 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. During the 2018-2019 school year, we provided a field trip and programs for students at Pittsburgh UPrep and also students associated with the Homeless Children's Education Fund. We will continue this work with the HCEF during the spring of 2019.  More on our various sessions >>

  • After-school Connections
    PACES provides interactive thematic learning activities to K-8 after-school programs.
    Learn more about school, community, and curricular connections for this program >>
    After-school Connections was formed out of our past "Sci-tectives" 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 >>

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

  • Colloquium
    PACES has led sessions for Pitt's Future Educators of America student organization and is open to leading sessions for other groups, as well. 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.

  • Susan M. Schantz Fund for Communications Education Writing Contest
    This contest ran annually from 2013 - 2017 and may return for 2019 depending on funding availability.   View past contests >>

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

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.

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