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Image of new Executive Director Ardana "AJ" Jefferson with text "Welcoming AJ Our New ED!"

HCEF Welcomes New Executive Director, Ardana “AJ” Jefferson

The Board of Directors of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ardana Jefferson to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. Ms. Jefferson will begin her tenure on March 21, 2022. HCEF Board President Jo Clark makes the announcement with enthusiasm and confidence that Ms. Jefferson is ready to…
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Leadership Transition with HCEF Logo

Important HCEF Transition News

HCEF’s Executive Director, Carlos T. Carter, has resigned his position with Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) effective November 3rd, 2021. Kaitlyn Nykwest, our Education Director, will serve as the Interim Executive Director during our search.

2018 Hope Through Learning Award

On July 19, 2018, five recent high school graduates, who are going on to higher education, received HCEF’s Hope Through Learning Award. This $2,500 award for students who have experienced homelessness was increased to $5,000 this year, to be awarded over the course of the two years. Please join us in celebrating the 2018 awardees: Tyrese is…
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Diocese Poster & Essay Contest

We are excited to announce the 2017 Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Poster and Essay Contest winners! These students chose to either write an essay or design a poster relating to how they can help children and families experiencing homelessness in our community. Claire Stevens of Blessed Trinity Academy wrote this year’s first-place essay, and Alexandria Westray of…
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Intern Profiles: Christa Brashier

Christa Brashier is the Development & Outreach intern for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. My name is Christa Brashier and I am a senior at the University of Pittsburgh (PITT), where I major in Media & Professional Communications. Prior to Pitt, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where I was in a collaborative program…
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2016 Hope Through Learning Award Winners

On Thursday, July 21, HCEF honored five inspiring young people with the 2016 Hope Through Learning Award. We celebrated these college-bound recipients with a ceremony at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The Hope Through Learning Award is a financial award available to young people who have persevered against homelessness and are applying to post-secondary education programs.…
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Supporter Spotlight: Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do

On Saturday, May 21, Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do held their spring tournament in support of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF). The tournament raised $10,610. Grand Master Kong and Young Brothers have been donating proceeds from their tournaments to HCEF since February 2011. The most recent donation brings their total to over $75,000! On behalf…
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