Starting with children
CISV programs are for all ages. Our original and unique Village program for 11 year-olds is a great introduction to the fun, friendship and educational experience that CISV offers.
For all ages
CISV offers educational programs for children and young people and we have opportunities for people of all ages to participate and volunteer!
Safe in our hands
The safety of your child is paramount. With more than 60 years of experience in running camp-based programs, you can be assured that your child is safe with us. Read more about child safety and protection in CISV.
At home and away
In addition to our international programs, closer to home we have our local community-based Mosaic program and an active youth-led Junior Branch organization that conducts meetings, activities, and service projects year round.
Here is a list of activities you might expect from CISV Pittsburgh each year:
- Monthly chapter meetings – The first Sunday of the month from October to May (except for January) is our chapter meeting. Adults meet to discuss CISV programs, organizational news and often times join the JB to participate in their activities. The Junior Branch organizes activities for kids ages 11-18 that explore the four values of CISV: diversity, human rights, sustainability and conflict resolution. These activities are age-appropriate, informal and experiential. All are welcome to attend.
- Community partners – we associate with like-minded organizations here in Pittsburgh in order to broaden our perspective and make a local impact. Some partners include: AJAPO, Children of Shangri-Lost, Welcoming Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Citiparks, Ten Thousand Villages®, World Refugee Day and Pittsburgh Foundation, just to name a few.
- Yearly recognition – we honor specific days each year that fall in line with our values. These include: Earth Day, Global Youth Service Day, World Refugee Day and International Peace Day.
- Yearly activities – we have traditional events that take place each year to promote CISV and to just have a little fun! These include:
- January – Chapter Overnight and Selection
- February – Cookie Bake JB Fundraiser
- March – Regional Mini Camp (TBD each year, dates vary, hosted by a CISV chapter located in close vicinity to Pittsburgh)
- April – National Service Project
- May – Spring Scholarship Fundraiser and National Mini Camp during Memorial Day weekend (hosted by a CISV USA chapter)
- June – Bon Voyage Picnic and World Refugee Day
- August – Welcome Back Picnic and Junior Branch Car Wash Fundraiser
- September – Chapter Retreat and Peace One Day
- October – CISV In Motion and Annual Pasta Dinner
- November – various outreach events to spread the word about CISV
- Locally hosted programs – in order for our chapter members to attend CISV programs worldwide, we are required to host programs locally. There are a variety of ways to get involved and a great step is to become a host family. Becoming a host family is a short commitment (no longer than a few days), and gives you the opportunity to meet CISV delegates from around the world.