Outreach to BGC’s Learn & Earn Job Candidates

BGC Job Placement Option: Swim & Water Polo with Coach Mark

If you love to swim, love to run, love to exercise. And, if you love to work with kids and play sports yourself, ….

Or, if you love TECHNOLOGY….

Then you should talk with Coach Mark Rauterkus about a BGC job placement with efforts in Swim & Water Polo Camps and with PPS Summer Dreamers.

Cell: 412-298-3432

A limited number of spots are available to young men and women who want to swim every day this summer. We also run and exercise. If you can’t swim well, yet, we will work on that and improve this summer. We might be able to get you a lifeguard job by the end of summer (if you are old enough). Or, get you set up so you can be a guard in NEXT summer.

We are also going to play water polo. Both boys and girls too. We hope to get most of you to also join our fall water polo team that is going to be with students from high school and middle school from Obama, Sci-Tech, U-Prep, Westinghouse, and others. That is called Pittsburgh Combined.

Digital Badge / Teamwork
Digital Badge / Teamwork

The technology efforts with DIGITAL BADGES is going to rock the city. We are getting dozens of 7-inch Android tablets to use with our camper kids. Our staff is going to make wiki pages, be trading lesson plans with email, and doing multi media efforts too with exercises, swim videos, yoga and more. Our Tech Literacy fun is going to be demanding and good for the motivated learner and self directed who can communicate well. We’ll be learning that on the job too.

We can talk more about duties, placements, times, skills and building your career with education, health sciences, sports, recreation, life-long fitness and technology at 9 am on Tuesday morning at the ENEC offices on Penn Ave. Come casual.

5321 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224   (412) 362-8580

Feel free to email a reply directly to coach.

There are no promises or offers yet — just a chance to think about what you might like to do this summer and an invite to meet on Tuesday morning, 9 am, Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center,

Mark Rauterkus   Mark@Bloomfield-Garfield.org    412-298-3432   https://CLOH.org

Good news and bad news for Hill District’s water polo

Great water polo session again at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Some of the kids are turning into regulars and are getting much better at ball control.

Water polo at the Thelma Lovette YMCA is going to continue throughout the summer on Friday nights. All are welcome to attend. Kids under 18 should come with an adult on the first night to be signed into the building. There is no charge for entry to the Y for our water polo program on Friday nights.

The Thelma Lovette Y is indoors. Games happen rain or shine.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Ammon Pool, an outdoor 50-meter pool just 5 blocks or so up from the Thelma Lovette YMCA, is going to be closed for the weeks to come. It might open in August. Hope so.

Swimmer at Ammon Pool, when there was water.
Swimmer at Ammon Pool, when there was water.


Hill District Pool Closed For Summer After New Filtration System Mistakenly Shipped To Middle East
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Kids in the city’s Hill District neighborhood will have to find another place to go swimming this summer.

Officials with the city announced Friday that Ammon Pool will likely not be open at all this season after a new water filtration system was mistaken shipped to the Middle East instead of Pittsburgh.

The new, custom-built water filtration system was going to replace the 80-year-old tanks that were removed from the pool earlier this spring.

The filtration system cleans the pool water continuously.

However, officials say when the new tanks were shipped last month, already after a lengthy delay, they were put on a container ship that went to the Middle East and is not due to return to the United States till late summer.

Construction is underway on new tanks, but the city says it’s unlikely that production, shipping and installation can occur before Aug. 1.

In the meantime, city officials are urging families to use any of the other four nearby pools – Bloomfield, Sue Murray in the North Side, Ormsby on the South Side and the West Penn pool in Polish Hill.

“The loss of Ammon pool for the 2015 Summer season is saddening, especially given the implementation of Citiparks’ new free swimming program for city kids,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin in a press release. “Despite the setback, Ammon will remain an important resource for Hill District residents with our summer camp, baseball academy and meals program Grub Up starting soon.”

City officials say there is still a “small chance” the tanks could be delivered in time for some swimming at the pool, but add that it’s unlikely.

For more information on the swimming pools in the city, visit the CitiParks website here.

Meanwhile, Allegheny County pools are set to open for the season on Saturday. Pools in Boyce Park, North Park, Settlers Cabin and South Park are open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The county Spray Parks in Deer Lakes and Round Hill also open Saturday. They will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thanks for the above photo to Owen. He can get in the water next week we hope. Owen is a new staff member for Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of Summer Dreamers. Other staff members are strongly encouraged to come to the pool on Friday nights too.

Staff Introduction: Badge Champion, Adam

I’m Adam. I’ve been hired by Coach Mark for Summer Dreamers 2015 as the Digital Badge Champion! This is a new role for Summer Dreamers, and I’ll let you decide whether it means that I’ve been championing digital badges, or that I am the reigning champion of the first ever digital badge battle royale (Hint: it’s the first one). But that doesn’t much matter.

What matters is that digital badges are coming.

Teamwork Badge
Teamwork Badge

This isn’t exclusive to Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo. Digital badges of every sort, shape, size, color, and function have been rolled out across the nation in the last few years as part of a gameification process for everything from insurance premiums to education. This means shiny, individual rewards are awarded to commemorate typically uncelebrated actions–actions that someone else wants you to believe are important.

In our program, we have put in a lot of effort to create activities, lessons, and goals that we think are important enough to get excited about. The badges are hopefully the way to share this excited attitude with kids–for them to be more deeply involved in the lifelong efforts, like fitness, literacy, and goal-achievement, that we hope to nurture.

For you guys, this means getting excited about these things too!

I understand that, realistically, it may not be the case that you’re excited for every badge, so at the very least I want you to be familiar with the activities and programs that have badges to award. Mark and I did extensive work creating these and including explanatory write-ups so that you have the information about each badge and activity at your fingertips.

Reading and exploring is paramount.


The digital badge page of the CLOH Wiki is the hub of our digital badge efforts for the summer, and this site, CLOH.org will be our public face.

You may find some badges on these resources that are not yet finished or fully thought through. Don’t panic. Maybe even consider looking at what has been thought up so far and contributing ideas or constructive criticism in the associated Talk pages. Poke through all of the digital badges and see if you can wrap your head around them, as well as the different activities that it takes to earn them. If you have any questions, drop a line on the associated Talk page and anyone who knows the answer and visits the talk page will suggest an answer.

During the summer, you will each be an integral part of this process. Not only will you run the activities that finish by the awarding of these badges, but you will be the administers of these badges too. We will hold a training session in the near future going through the basics of this badge-awarding process and the badges that we all will be focusing on for the summer.

It’s an exciting time for programs like this that are part of the wave of digital badges–don’t be afraid to get excited about it too!

Digital badges are here.