Put Some Awesome on Your Calendar


Awesome Pittsburgh Awards and Networking Party

Monday July 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Bayardstown Social Club, 3008 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15201

Join Awesome Pittsburgh at Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District to celebrate our recent winners, applicants, and all the awesome projects and ideas in Pittsburgh! While you’re with us, meet our Trustees, learn more about Bayardstown, and feast on some of the fruits of our previous winners – Tea Pops from Healcrest Urban Farm, tasty juice from Juice Up 412, and filling crepes from the Creped Crusader! The fun folks from City of Play will lead us in games and other frivolity.

Bayardstown is BYOB, so we encourage you to bring your favorite beverage (and cash for the treats). But, leave some space to try the brew of Roundabout Brewery, which will be bringing samples of two of their craft beers for everyone to try!

And if our party wasn’t enough, there’s plenty more awesomeness for your summer calendar:

  • By July 31 – nominate someone for one of the last slots for a free skydive with 60 Seconds of Pure Freedom.
  • Through August – stop by Bricolage downtown on a Tuesday or Wednesday at lunchtime and become part of an ongoing epic poem with Alexi Morrissey’s First Editions project.
  • August 12 – Sept. 6 – check out the Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge as Knit the Bridge‘s team yarn bombs the bridge with the work of hundreds of volunteers.
  • All summer and more – find amazingly tasty treats by finding Healcrest Urban Farm’s Teapop cart (Facebook and Twitter), Juice Up 412’s Juice Crew (Facebook and Twitter), and the Creped Crusader (Facebook and Twitter)

Awesome Award Party April 30

Need your quarterly allotment of an accumulated assemblage of awesomeness?

Then come on down to Awesome Pittsburgh’s next public party:

Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-8:30pm

Union Project

801 N. Negley Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Join our trustees and friends in celebrating recent $1,000 award winners, applicants, and all the awesome projects and ideas in Pittsburgh. Our 15th award winner, 60 Seconds of Pure Freedom, will be there to tell you about their first skydive winner’s experience and how you can nominate your loved ones to be next to jump. Our 16th winner, Knit the Bridge, will be there to give a demonstration of their craft and we’ll announce our 17th winner that night!

While you’re partying, learn more about all the awesome things going on at the nonprofit Union Project, participate in a mini-awesome idea competition, and sample snacks created and donated by Kate Romane, founder and chef at local foodie fave E2, and house caterer at the Union Project.

Feel free to tell us you’re coming on our Facebook event and of course feel free to forward the invite to friends. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Announcing our 14th Winner: Juice Up 412!

More than just an awesome way to quench your thirst, Juice Up 412 is a social enterprise that uses their products – delicious and unique fruit and vegetable juices – to educate underserved communities about health, wellness and nutrition as well as food justice.

Juice Up has already generated buzz with their pop-up juice bars around the city -including a featured appearance at Awesome Pittsburgh’s 1st Birthday Party – but they have even bigger plans to engage the community and find ways to remedy health disparities in low-investment communities. Juice Up 412’s Majestic Lane explains:
Our vision is to bring innovative juices to the area through diverse, creative media and inspire a broader conversation about access & behavioral norms in order to educate and empower traditionally underserved demographics regarding health & wellness.

The grant money will help to fund their first effort: the “I Juice” Campaign, a short video that highlights local thought leaders and changemakers to explain the importance of ‘juicing’ as well as the benefits a healthy diet can provide.  This short grassroots video will be shared throughout social media to raise awareness of the Juice Up 412 project as well as introduce general health and nutritional concepts to the community. In addition, the Juice Up crew will host a three-part film series, showing topical films in open neighborhood spaces. These Movie Nights will also feature juicing demonstrations, presentations from local food and health industry experts, and a forum for conversation and community action.

Find out more about Juice Up 412 by following them on Twitter or liking them on Facebook and try some of their juice today!

Awesome Pittsburgh awards $1,000 grants on a monthly basis to individuals or groups who propose ways of making Pittsburgh stand out in the global economy, connect our communities, or celebrate art or technology and make the city a better place to live, work and play. Submit your short proposal here.

Join us for Awesome Pittsburgh’s 1st Birthday

Awesome 1st Birthday PartyWe grow up so fast.  On Thursday, January 31, 2013, please  join Awesome Pittsburgh Trustees, awardees, and friends to celebrate Awesome Pittsburgh’s first birthday!

When: Thursday, January 31st from 7 – 9 pm

Where: AVA Lounge, 126 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty (map)

Visit our Facebook page to let us know you are coming, or just show up and surprise us!

Sew Awesome: Announcing our November winner, Urban Stitches

With all the buzz around the “maker” movement, it’s easy to forget that for generations, sewing machines allowed people to dream up and make new creations in their own homes everyday. Our November winner, Urban Stitches, has a mission to reintroduce sewing to the young people of Pittsburgh. “The goal of Urban Stitches is for young people throughout the city to have the opportunity to learn to sew irrespective of their family’s financial status. Our instructors are eager to pass the love of sewing and the enjoyment of imagining, discovering, and creating on to the next generation,” says Tameka Reed, the leader of the Urban Stitches program.

Sewing instruction has become increasingly rare for students in a lot of schools. In fact, the idea for Urban Stitches came to Ms. Reed when she discovered that the local schools no longer offered sewing classes. That’s when she decided to develop and offer a course at no cost to students. Urban Stitches will provide an opportunity for teens ages 13-18 to learn outside of the classroom in a less intimidating setting. Reed, a Pittsburgh native and former Clarissa School of Fashion Design student, plans to use Awesome Pittsburgh’s $1,000 grant  to purchase several sewing machines for the program and offer classes as part of an 8-week program.

Congrats to Urban Stitches!

Awesome Pittsburgh awards $1000 grants every month to great ideas like Tameka’s. Any idea that you believe is awesome is eligible, and submissions are due on the first of each month. Apply today!

Update 2/5/13: Tameka is launching the classes for 10 young women ages 12-18 at George Westinghouse High School in collaboration with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. She’s looking for donations of sewing machines, notions, patterns, fabrics, zippers, buttons, etc. If you’ve got anything to donate, please contact Tameka (sew_1 [at] msn.com) – your generosity will help introduce a new generation to sewing!

Deadline Changed to 1st of Each Month

Our monthly deadline for applications has been moved from the 15th to the 1st (by Midnight). We’ll still announce the winner by the end of the month. If you’ve submitted over the past 4-5 weeks, don’t worry. We’re holding on to those applications and will consider them with others coming in by Nov. 1.  As always, our simple application form is here.

New to Awesome Pittsburgh?  Here’s some language from a post a year ago that captures some of our intentions:

Fabled sports teams. Beautiful hills and rivers. Pride in neighborhoods. World-renowned universities, employers, and nonprofits.

All this and more makes the Pittsburgh region awesome. But most importantly, it’s the hundreds of daily, unseen acts of people being good neighbors and mentors. It’s the inspiring ideas fermenting in people’s garages and backyards, in their workrooms and classrooms. It’s the hidden creativity and talents waiting to be unleashed.

In short, our region’s awesomeness comes from people like you.

And we hope people like us, the trustees of Awesome Pittsburgh. We’re unabashed in our pride in living here and in our belief in our fellow residents. So much so that we’re willing to put up our own hard-earned cash to fund awesome ideas. We’re not Carnegies, Hillmans, or Dietrichs. But, like them we believe in Pittsburgh and in Pittsburghers (new and old).

We believe in your ability to make our region even more awesome.

You can submit your idea for advancing awesomeness in the Pittsburgh area here.  And if that awesome idea hasn’t quite gelled yet, don’t worry. We’ll make more $1,000 awards for ideas submitted in the coming months.

So bring it on. Inspire us, wow us, move us, make us laugh or weep with joy. In short, be the awesome people we know you can be!

An Awesome Internship

How often do you get to include the word ‘awesome‘ on your resume? Here is your chance! We’re looking for a passionate, organized, independent and innovative individual to join us this fall as the Awesome (Marketing and Events) Intern.

Here’s what we can offer:

  • A unique experience to work with an entrepreneurial group of individuals to help make Pittsburgh better $1000 at a time
  • Practical work experience in the marketing/communications/events field
  • The chance to participate in monthly Awesome Pittsburgh Board meetings
  • An opportunity to attend award celebrations where you can network professionally with awesome people
  • These words on your resume: Awesome Intern

Here’s what we will need you to do:

  • Find creative ways to use social media, traditional media, professional networks and other outlets to encourage applicants and promote awardees
  • Write and distribute news releases that make reporters and bloggers say, “wow, that’s awesome”
  • Create and maintain databases of media contacts, community organizations and outreach outlets
  • Develop strategies for spreading awesomeness throughout Pittsburgh via speaking engagements, networking opportunities, community partnerships, etc
  • Plan quarterly award celebrations (Awesome Parties!)

Some nuts and bolts info:

  • The internship is based on 5 – 10 hours a week. Most of the work will be done virtually – we have no brick and mortar office.
  • The internship is unpaid. But — we can’t stress this enough — your resume will say “Awesome Intern”
  • The internship will start in October 2012.

To learn more about Awesome Pittsburgh, visit http://www.awesomepgh.com. To apply, send us an email to
say why you’d be an Awesome Intern and be sure to attach your resume awesomepgh@gmail.com.