We’re not replenishing the ranks of amateur sports officials to the degree that we have to. In 1976, the average age of people getting into officiating was roughly 21. In 2016, the average age was 44.
The shortage of officials is a real thing, even in swimming.
There’s a shortage of sports officials in the WPIAL, a problem that extends across Pennsylvania and stretches nationwide. The profession needs to add more young officials to its ranks, but persuading millennials like Strednak to don black-and-white stripes has proven difficult.
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Phase 4 Learning Center
5850 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Job Title: Recruiter, Pittsburgh Summer Learn and Earn Program (multiple positions)
Compensation: $12 - $15/hour (Based of education and experience)
Start/End Dates: March 10, 2020 – May 31, 2020 (Possible hours of operation in June 2020)
Status: 20-30 hours/week
Submit resume and cover letter to: Rickflanagan2010@gmail.com
Lead Learn and Earn Recruiter
Background: Phase 4 Learning Center is assisting with the recruitment phase of a summer internship program for youths between the ages of 14 and 21. The Phase 4 will assist with identifying youths whose families meet certain income requirements and who wish to participate in the Pittsburgh Summer “Learn and Earn” Program. Phase 4 will assist youths in completing an on-line application and submitting all supporting documentation to Partner4Work to qualify for the program.
Job Summary: Be part of a recruitment campaign team charged with attracting participants to the Pittsburgh Summer Learn & Earn program. Each recruiter will guide potential participants in completing the application process, help coordinate promotional mailings, visit Pittsburgh high schools, conduct phone canvassing, and work a flexible office schedule to maximize the success of the recruitment efforts. Applicants for this position should be creative, highly motivated, self-directed and personable, with a passion for engaging with young people coming from all backgrounds.
JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Job Title: Learn and Earn Eligibility Field Service Agent
City of Pittsburgh Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program
Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour- hours may be flexible (March thru July, 2020)
Report To: Program Supervisor
City of Pittsburgh
Department of Human Resources/Pittsburgh Partnership
304 Wood Street, 5th Floor,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Send Resume and Cover Letter To: James.Brenner@pittsburghpa.gov
SUMMARY: Assists higher-level administrators within the City of Pittsburgh’s review of applications to participate in the summer youth employment program known as Learn and Earn.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
Ability to –
Education Required: Two years college or university study preferred, or equivalent
Experience: 1 year of work experience in customer service, management, business, human or social
services, or personnel administration, or an equivalent number of years of education and practical
Successful candidates will actually be employees of Goodwill of Southwestern PA. Drug testing and orientation by Goodwill required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to perform job effectively and safely by utilizing required equipment and to be able to move boxes of promotional materials up to 10-25 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: General Office. May work evenings or weekends and holidays when needed or necessary (rare occurrences).
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Training on the application data base and any training as required by City of Pittsburgh or it’s Learn and Earn partners such as Goodwill of Southwestern PA and Partner4Work.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: none
Don't plan a dip at Holler Park Pool this summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It won't be open.
With only 131 lifeguards recruited and certified for 2019 — less than half the ideal 300 lifeguards and 45 short of last year's force — the decision was made to not open the pool this year.
"There's not enough lifeguards to staff all of the pools, so ... the only way that schedule works is if one pool was closed," Milwaukee County Parks spokesman Ian Everett said.
Holler Park Pool, 5151 S. Sixth St., was chosen based on last year's attendance numbers and its proximity to other aquatic facilities, Everett said.
Between 2010 and 2018, Holler Park Pool had an average annual attendance of 4,486 — the lowest of the deep well pools.
The lack of lifeguards has also meant reducing hours at indoor and outdoor pools. That includes closing each pool one day each week.
Lifeguard recruitment has been trending downward for years nationally, he said.
And it's not like hopeful lifeguards-to-be can just walk onto the job.
"We get a lot of people that are interested in being a lifeguard but they are unable to pass the test requirements," he said of the physical test.
For those who pass, there's training that follows. That training, however, is finished so anyone who is interested now is too late.
The department was trying to recruit for six months, he said.
There are residents who are upset about the pool closure, as predicted, he said. But, Everett added, with only 131 lifeguards there isn't going to be a scenario where everyone would be happy.
He called on the community to help recruit lifeguards and interest teens in the positions.
The department will also need to look at what else it can do to recruit.
"It's been a trend for a few years, so we're trying to figure out a way to reverse that," he said.
But, Everett said, there are also 47 other facilities open, so there will be many ways for people to stay cool this summer. Additional information about hours, entry fees, maps and schedules is available at mkeswim.com.
Eight outdoor pools, eight splash pads and 27 wading pools will open on Saturday. Cool Waters Water Park and Schulz Aquatic Park began their summer hours Monday.
Splash pads and wading pools are free and open every day until mid-August.
With Summer Dreamers in 2018, #SDA18, our regular, daily, Swim & Water Polo Team Meeting is going to include some circle time. This new program wrinkle comes on the wake of a school district push to Restorative Justice.
A few years ago, a friend, Richard King, PhD, helped to launch and lead a practice with circles with the students in a program he championed, Mindful Gardening. He is not leading any SDA activities in 2018., sadly.
In 2017 as well as in the early part of 2018, I would have welcomed the on going use of restorative practices within PPS programs. The kids were fine. I needed the circles among a few of the adults who were going in different directions.
This offers a dramatic mind shift for some at PPS. With us at the swim pool, not so much. Sure, it is a new wrinkle. New touchstones are going to be needed. But we have always had an approach that gives students a voice, some choices, and builds upon respect.
Both work sites and young people need to step up now.
Learn and Earn 4 9 2018
Those who do not qualify for the Learn & Earn can apply for work with our Swim & Water Polo efforts at a google form.
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