PPT Conference
May 4, 2011

Our first ever conference for young parents was held on Wednesday, May 4th. Attended by 33 teens, the day focused on career exploration, legal issues, health and safety needs of babies/toddlers, and postiive parenting. A special sesson for young fathers was featured. Evaluations were outstanding...this is an event we will repeat annually!

May 9, 2011

Test by CV - 5/9/11

Ninth Annual Awards Night
May 9, 2011

The Washington Hospital Teen Outreach 2011 Award Ceremony

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7 PM

Trinity High School Auditorium

Press Release


The Washington Hospital Teen Outreach will hold its ninth annual Awards Night on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7 PM at the Trinity High School. The public is invited. The event recognizes individuals, community agencies and businesses that have provided extraordinary support in the past year to the Teen Outreach mission to young people. Senior Peer Educators are also recognized. All of the awardees demonstrate exceptional commitment to youth.


The theme for the Awards Night is Self-Respect in Cyberspace. The Outreach sponsored its fourth county-wide effort to encourage and model respectful behavior this school year. Over 20,000 students from all 14 Washington County school districts participated in the event with a focus on self-respect in cyberspace. This year the traditional essay contest was expanded to include a poster contest on the theme. The winners will each receive a $100 prize and will be honored at the Awards Night. The Center for Inclusion at UPMC provided the funds for the awards.


The winning essays will be published in the Observer Reporter newspaper.


The essay winners are:

Hannah Gorby – 4th grade  Joe Walker Elementary (McGuffey School District).

Sierra Stipetich -  5th grade, Cecil Intermediate School (Canon McMillan School District)

Hayley Pacella  - 8th grade, Canonsburg Middle School


Poster contest winners are:

Sapphire Mason - 8th grade, Canonsburg Middle School

Max Riley -  6th grade Cecil Intermediate School (Canon McMillan School District)


Samantha Schwalb - 5th grade, California Area School District



Peer Educator members from the Real Talk Performers will perform an original educational drama entitled In a Land Far, Far Away  to open the Awards Night.  Washington's Got Talent first place winner Chelsea Banks will perform.  


2011 awardees are:


Business Award: Ameron Beverage Distribution LLC and Pete and Kathy Cameron, for providing outstanding support for Washington's Got Talent and our Common Ground Teen Center.


Community Award: Timothy Kimmel, Director, Washington County Human Services, for outstanding commitment to health and wellness of youth in our county.


Educator Award: Cathy Schmider, Guidance Counselor, California Middle School, for long term support for the Outreach’s educational mission to youth.


Fellowship Award: Phyllis Waller, NAACP, for outstanding support for youth and the well-being of our community.


Pioneer Award: Dr. James Longo, Department of Education , Washington and Jefferson College, for on-going support and passionate dedication to the development of outstanding educators.  


President’s Award: Karen Bray, Vice-President, Patient Care Services, The Washington Hospital, for on-going support to our mission to youth.


School Administrator Award: Dr. Nina Zetty, Superintendent, Peters Township School District, for support of Teen Outreach in-school programming and the initiation of a pilot training with the Outreach.


Service Award: Washington Rotary Club, for support of our Inside Out: Your Body is amazing Inside and Out and Belongs Only to You child abuse educator program;

and Chuck Morris, Trinity High School, for consistent and excellent support of our in-school programming.


Sprit Award: Steve Polansky, for service above and beyond as MC at Washington's Got Talent and for his commitment to our community's young people.


Social Justice Award: Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Director, Center for Inclusion at UPMC  and Dawnita  Wilson, for their support of our Ambassador for Respect program and their commitment to inclusion.


Youth Advocate Award: Lori Harbert, Director, Children and Youth Services, for her outstanding commitment to the needs and well-being of young people.


Volunteer Award:  Bonnie Loya, for her excellent support during Washington's Got Talent, and Chrissy Biedrzycki, our Matthew Brown Fellow from Washington and Jefferson college, for serving our young people in our after school tutoring program.


Adolescent Advisory Board Senior Recognition
May 10, 2011

Our Adivsory Board teens have provided great service this year, incuding a youth conferece at W & J College in March. We wish them success in every endeavor and hope that they follow their dreams!