Positive Spin Wins ‘Impact Award’ from 100 Women Who Care

Positive Spin Selected Winner of the Impact Award

Positive Spinners at Summer Dreamer's Academy Pose In Front of the View of the City

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 100 Women Who Care (100WWC) voted for Positive Spin to win the ‘Impact Award’.

Four times a year, 100 women come together to donate $100.00 each to a charity nominated and voted for by its members. The local Pittsburgh chapter was founded in 2015 by Kim Patterson, Alice Greene and Brandi Phillips. In less than two years, they have already grown their membership to over 100 women and have provided donations of around $10,000.00 to 6 different local organizations. This year Courtney Kase nominated Positive Spin to win the ‘Impact Award’. Listen to her fantastic pitch to fellow members:


Positive Spin Relaxing By the River

Positive Spinners Take a Break During a Bike Ride Along the Allegheny River

Positive Spin is thrilled to be the newest recipient of the 100WWC Impact Award. This monetary award will help the program to continue to carry out free after school mentorship programs for middle-schoolers. In additional to regular trail rides along the river, Positive Spin encourages skill-building around bike safety techniques, urban navigation, roadside repair and ways to get civically involved. Since 2010, Positive Spin has instructed youth at Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) in out-of-school time programs and provided special workshops and events for youth across the region. Positive Spin has been a continuous partner of PPS and the Summer Dreamer’s Academy, since its inception in 2010. In one of many pieces written about combatting summer learning loss, the Summer Dreamer’s Academy and the Positive Spin program are mentioned:

Schools increasingly fighting summer slide with learning opportunities: Turning to fun, engaging summer learning can keep kids on track during vacation – July 22, 2016

“In the bicycle safety and maintenance concentration, for example, students write public service announcements about bike safety and they send letters to public officials advocating for more bike lanes.“We deliberately design camp to be focused on high energy and high excitement,” said James Doyle, coordinator of out of school time.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is seen as a leader in the summer learning space. Its free Summer Dreamers Academy won the New York Life 2015 Excellence in Summer Learning Award. According to Sarah Pitcock, executive director of the National Summer Learning Association, many other school districts around the country have adopted the same model, offering students rigorous academics in the morning, followed by community-based enrichment opportunities in the afternoon. -Tara García Mathewson for educationdive.com


Spinners Ready To Ride Outside of King

Positive Spinners Take A Photo at Pittsburgh King PreK-8 in the Northside Before Their Big Ride!

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