Learn and Earn 2018

Ryan Arts & Focus On Renewal are a host site for the Partner4Work summer job program Learn and Earn. Students work at one of 8 local sites (2 programs we created in house). Learn & Earn is a six-week summer job program for teens and young adults ages 14-21 and is sponsored by Partner4Work, a public workforce development board for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. 


  • FOR Coding Bootcamp

  • FOR Silkscreen/Mural Project

  • Sto-Rox LIbrary

  • FOR Positive Parenting

  • McKees Rocks CDC

  • Gemini Theater

  • 5 Generations Bakers

  • Butler Gas Company

In 2018 we were able to host 29 students in our program. Students who were accepted completed 1 week of orientation that included soft skill building sessions, field trips to work sites and mock interviews. 

Program Breakdown

Each student worked at their assigned worksite for 20 hours per week (Monday - Thursday) and 5 hours on Fridays for Professional Skill Building Sessions that include

  • Digital Skill Building (resume building, computer skills, networking social media sites, etc)

  • Worksite Reflection - These sessions identified and resolved worksite conflicts, assisted students in developing an individual development plan, and reviewed professional skills gained at their worksite.

  • Financial Literacy - First Commonwealth Bank sponsored these sessions that helped students understand budgeting their income, saving, balancing their accounts, and planning for future expenses.

Each student will leave with a Resume and Portfolio of works completed.