Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project
Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project

Our Programs

Art and Talent Show for Peace

 

Once a year the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project challenges the youth of our community to create peace.

Youth in grades 6-12 submit artwork or perform in dance, rap, singing and poetry.  All youth are given a $50 stipend for participating. 

Community Chaplains

 

Each chaplain is a licensed or ordained minister of a congregation in Wilkinsburg.  Chaplains are credentialed by the Willkinsburg Police Department and participate in regular trainings.  The mission of the chaplains is to provide a pastoral presence in response to a critical incident in our community resulting in serious injury or loss of life to the residents of Wilkinsburg.

Meet the Beat Cops

 

In parternship with Ceasefire PA, the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project hosts conversations between the Wilkinsburg Police Department, youth and leaders in the community.  The purpose of these conversations is to build relationships between the Police Department and the community.

Gun Buy Back

 

We took 56 hand guns and rifles and 2 buckets of ammunition off our streets before the holidays in a Gun Buy Back program which we co-sponsored with the Wilkinsburg Police Department.

Prayer Vigils

 

Whenever there is a loss of life, the Wiklinsburg Community Chaplains gather for a prayer bigil with the community to provide comfort and hope.

Summer Jobs

 

Each summer the Wiklinsburg Sanctuary Project works with our partners to provide jobs for youth  through Wilkinsburg Youth Project and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh.

Teens and Greens

 

Through the summer jobs program, youth learn about gardening, nutrition and food shortages.  They build, plant and harvest a garden at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - one of our Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project partners.

Mini Grants

 

Our mini-grant program jump starts and expands new programs for youth in the community, such as Codename Saturday, which is a recreation ministry on Saturday afternoons, and The Entertainment Consortium’s Arts afterschool program Mondays – Wednesdays afternoons.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil

This year’s prayer vigil in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw for the first time Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaderspraying for peace in Wilkinsburg.

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