Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day of Peace for Homestead Community



Kalenah Winston-Williams

WDGA Homestead Program Chair


Day of Peace Planned for Pittsburgh’s Homestead Community

PITTSBURGH (June 2, 2011) – All of the families of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh as well as the residents of Homestead and Munhall, PA are invited to participate in a community-wide “Day of Peace” on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Frick Park. The Day of Peace event recently recognized and received a formal declaration from the Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor of the state of Pennsylvania.

This day-long activity is sponsored by Workforce Development Global Alliance (WDGA) and will include a peace march, a peace concert, and other peace activities that will include the entire family. The focus will be on activities designed to avert violence and promote peace which is part of WDGA’s 2STEPS2WORK program. In addition, the day will include a graduation ceremony for WDGA’s inaugural Dynamic Dozen Youth who will complete a Get Along to Get Ahead career training program for WDGA’s Waterfront summer internship program.

“Our goal is to create a better neighborhood by inspiring Youth to “Step out and Step into destiny” as well as economic opportunity through peace,” said Niecy Dennis, President and Founder of WDGA. “We want youth to find and take the path from peace to education to jobs to the prosperity that completes the circle and reinforces peace.”

The peace march begins at noon, and all participants are asked to wear white shirts. Activities will include a peace concert featuring local artists, beginning at 1 p.m. To conclude the day, a peace vigil will be held at 4 p.m. to honor families that have lost loved ones to violence. Sponsors of the day include UPMC's - offering opportunities for individuals and families to "take the pledge" for upholding dignity and respect to others.

Featured celebrity speakers include former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chuck Sanders, who is the CEO/Founder of Urban Lending Solutions; and U.S. Ambassador Daniel H. Simpson (retired), current Chief International Editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chairman of WDGA’s 2STEPS2WORK Peace Ambassador Program.

For more information on the Day of Peace and WDGA’s 2STEPS2SWORK program, call 412-243-WDGA [9342] or visit

411 7th Avenue / Suite 925 / Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Building / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 (USA) or P.O. Box 14003-00800 (Nairobi Kenya)

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