Outreach inspires curiosity and brings communities together around learning by providing educational and cultural programming on the award-winning WPSU public media channels, providing out-of-classroom learning and mentoring for high school students through the Community Innovation Training for Youth (CITY) program at the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, pushing forward the boundaries of artificial intelligence through the Nittany AI Alliance, and much, much more.
In 2018, through active community engagement, Outreach impacted the lives of 480,000 members of communities across the Commonwealth and the United States, while 17,000 students participated in Outreach programs that enhanced their Penn State learning experiences.
Gifts from generous and committed donors make it possible for Penn State Outreach to provide the innovative and diverse programming that supports a lifetime of learning for communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.
Creating Learning Opportunities
When Bob and Patty Tunno founded the CITY program in partnership with the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, they created an avenue for high school students from the Pittsburgh region to build pathways to career and personal success through support from mentors and out-of-classroom learning experiences. When compared to their peers, students who participate in the CITY program demonstrate a better understanding of their postsecondary education and career options.
Investing in the Future
Together with her husband Tom, Mary Ellen Litzinger, a long-time volunteer for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, created the $1.2 million Mary Ellen and Thomas A. Litzinger Endowment at Shaver’s Creek to ensure educational opportunities and a sustainable future for the Center. The couple made an additional donation toward the construction of the Litzinger Herpetology Center to house reptiles and amphibians and the Litzinger Discovery Room. In September 2018, thanks to donations both large and small from various supporters, Shaver’s Creek reopened to the public after a period of renovation, presenting a radically transformed space in which visitors can take advantage of new learning opportunities about the natural world.
We chose to support Shaver’s Creek because its interdisciplinary outreach and educational opportunities support our core values, especially the promotion of sustainable natural resource use and the fostering of a respect for nature.
Make a Difference
When you give a gift to an Outreach program, you are helping to open a world of new possibilities and discoveries. If you are interested in making a gift to further our Outreach mission, please contact Susan Kukic, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Penn State Outreach and Online Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-8283. Susan and the rest of the Outreach development team are ready to discuss your vision and explore giving options with you.