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Fill Out Your FAFSA @ CLP


Higher education cannot be a luxury reserved just for a privileged few. It is an economic necessity for every family. And every family should be able to afford it.
President Barack Obama, June 21, 2012

For Barack Obama, like most Americans, college would have been impossible without government issued Financial Aid.  His ability to attend the school of his choice, to pursue his interests and continue his education shaped his life and the future of our country.

If you have worked hard in school and but don’t have $39,520 to attend a Private school or $17,860 for a public one you don’t have to put your dreams aside.  Though the costs of college tuition, room and board and textbooks has been steadily on the rise.  There are real solutions to this financial dilemma.  Since 1965 when Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Higher Education Act  The government has offered students financial help to attain their education goals.

If you’re beginning to think about college and worried about how you’ll find the money, your very first stop should be to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  Just in time for college enrollment, CLP is offering FAFSA  completion help at libraries across the city.  Take advantage of this opportunity to get help from the experts
Don’t worry though, if your busy life prevents you from attending one of our events…the library has literally hundreds of books to help you navigate through your college preperation.


~Brooke, CLP- South Side

Why President Obama’s Spoke Out for Education


 If your school did not show  President Obama’s education speech live, you can still  see it  at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZZ6GrzWkw0 or read it at:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/07/obama-speech-to-schoolchi_n_278763.html.


The president felt it was important to talk to students  since 3 out of 10  in the United States drop out  from high school.  That’s one of the highest dropout rates for any industrialized country.  And not graduating from high school or getting an equivalent like GED can lead to some devastating results:

  • High school dropouts earn on average $9,245 less a year than graduates.
  • In 2003-2005, dropouts  had an unemployment rate of  18.1% (About one of  six) compared to 12.1% for high school graduates, 7% for those with some college and 5% for college graduates (And those stats were at a time when there were more jobs!)
  • People in prison are 70-80% more likely to be dropouts.
  • The income of families headed by dropouts are twice as likely to be under the poverty rate than those of graduates.

Let’s face it, it’s difficult if not impossible to get your own place or have enough money for food let alone extras if you’re making minimum wage. 

I know  people who’ve dropped out and luckily most of them have gone for their GEDs or finished their education by computer.  A couple of others have really struggled getting or keeping a job.

Practice GED tests in English and Spanish and other helps  are available at http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/databases/#jobs either at home with a library card or at our libraries.  Prep books for GEDs and other ideas are also available. Here are a couple:







                                                                                    Tina Zubak -Beechview

Teen Intern Reporting on UYA

***Hello Bloggers!!!!! My name is Ciana Gaines. This summer I’ve chosen to intern at The Carnegie Library – Homewood Branch.  This opportunity was presented by an non-profit organization called Urban Youth Action (UYA) located in downtown Pittsburgh, who pays me to work at the library! Urban Youth Action is a organization for teens, ages 15-18, that helps you to be work ready, and ready for the world after you graduate from High School, which I have done.   It is a fun and helpful way of learning and an opportunity to make new friends.  Many different kinds of teenagers, from all types of schools,  participate in activities that we are fortunate to get for free. Also, since downtown isn’t as close to many of people’s homes, they give you bus tickets to get there and back whenever you decide to come in. All of this is only if you sign up and are a part of the program.

Along with the educational outlook there are also optional field trips and community service projects for you to participate in. The best thing of all is that there are presenters and/or speakers that come in twice a week (depending on what age range group you are in).  They talk about what their career is and give you a little more information on what they do and how they became a part of it.  Another thing that happens once a week is an academic enrichment class. This class is only a hour long before the presenters and/or speaker arrives. The teachers of the academic enrichment classes are college freshmen, juniors, or seniors. They taught me certain college math skills and helped me review what I already knew from High School. Another thing that they did was gave us summaries of college reading passages. The most important thing about the classes is that every time you go you get five dollars and after a month or two that could add up to be enough to get whatever you had your eye on at the store.  Overall sometimes the class was boring sometimes it was fun, the best thing about it is that I actually learned things that I would need in and out of school.

I never really realized how much I learned from participating in this program until now. In my opinion, Urban Youth Action has something different to offer every person that takes part in the opportunity and if you take the time to sign up you will soon see it was well worth it.

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