Our Catalytic Grants at Work On The Ground: Trade Institute of Pittsburgh

Apr 30, 2015

The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh (TIP) expands its space and capacity! Watch this brief video highlighting the expansion and the great work that TIP is doing.

The overarching goal of our Catalytic Grants are to support innovative, collaborative and inspiring ideas that make our neighborhoods healthier, safer and stronger, and that is exactly what our 2014 $75,000 grant to the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh did.

On Monday, April 20th, Trade Institute of Pittsburgh (TIP) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a move from their original space the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg to its new facility in the Susquehanna Building in Homewood. A Catalytic Grant from Neighborhood Allies, supported the facility expansion and enabled TIP to grow from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet, and double the number of aspiring tradespeople receiving training.  This increased capacity has also enabled TIP to be a better, more effective partner in Project RE: a program that addresses the need for renewal in blighted communities by utilizing the ingenuity and resources of fifth year architecture students at Carnegie Mellon University, the supplies and resources of Construction Junction and the trade labor and expertise of TIP.

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 “The new 10,000-square-foot home of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh in Homewood South means that twice as many students can learn masonry there — but it’s about so much more.” — Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Executive Director, Stephen Shelton

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh was established to give young men and women who have made mistakes in their past a chance to develop skills in the trades; making them employable, and giving them a chance to increase their earning potential. TIP’s concept was developed with the idea that significant impact can be made in Southwestern Pennsylvania through job creation, long term support of the trades, and youth education on the benefits of working in the various trades. All of this is an attempt to combat the imminent workforce shortage that the masonry trade and others will be facing in the years to come.

Neighborhood Allies is a proud partner and funder of TIP! Congratulations!

Top Header Image Photo Credit: Prototyping Larimer Stories by artist John Peña, photo by OPA