PUMP’s mission is to make Pittsburgh the most dynamic and diverse place by engaging, educating, and mobilizing all young people to create change in our community. Each year, we serve nearly 30,000 individuals, primarily under the age of 40, through our programming.

The Pittsburgh Passport is the region’s marquee retention program for college-aged talent, created and incubated by the Allegheny Conference started in 2019. PUMP has taken the lead on managing the program beginning with the upcoming 2024 program season with the Allegheny Conference as an inaugural community partner.

Through a combination of immersions in regional amenities and corporate and peer-focused networking – all designed for college students and recent grads – the nationally recognized Pittsburgh Passport has been focused on engaging and retaining more of this demographic group in the Pittsburgh region to support a globally competitive workforce.

Stay Tuned Here For Pittsburgh Passport Events As They Are Announced

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2024 Pittsburgh Passport Kickoff

Meet college students from across the country and around the world, enjoy baseball, and of course, free food, drinks, and a night on the three rivers.

Tuesday, June 18th at 5:30pm

Registration: Pittsburgh Passport Kickoff

Questions? Reach us at: passport@pump.org

July 6th POGOH Community Ride

Join us on Saturday, July 6, for a slow roll through the Hill District. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

We’ll begin and end the ride at the POGOH Station at Penn Ave & S Pacific Ave. This route takes us on a tour of Garfield & the East End. Check out the the route ahead of time HERE.

Stick around after the ride for Community Libations at a local restaurant (TBD). POGOH will provide appetizers for all attendees with additional food and drink available for purchase.

No bike? No problem – limited POGOH bikes will be available to ride for free. (Bikes are limited, so make sure to RSVP to reserve your spot).

Registration: July 6th POGOH Community Ride

Questions? Reach us at: passport@pump.org

Kayak with the Pittsburgh Passport

Join us on the Allegheny River for our annual kayaking experience with Venture Outdoors. Experienced kayaker or not, paddle along the three rivers, meet new people and enjoy the great outdoors!

Sunday, July 14th at 12:00pm

Registration: Kayak with the Pittsburgh Passport

Questions? Reach us at: passport@pump.org

July 18th UpPrize 2024 Semi-finals

Join BNY and Innovation Works for the UpPrize 2024 Semi-finals on Thursday, July 18 from 6 – 8 pm at the Nova Place Concourse. During the event, we’ll hear from a panel of our 2023 UpPrize Finalists to see where they are now and how the BNY UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge impacted their businesses. Then, we’ll announce the ten UpPrize Semifinalists who will proceed in the challenge for a chance to win up to $125,000 for their business.

The BNY UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, powered by Innovation Works and funded by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, fosters partnerships across sectors to address our community’s most critical issues. This competition aims to nurture ideas and solutions, helping social entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

This year’s challenge calls on social entrepreneurs to compete for significant non-dilutive funding and business support. Finalists stand to win $300,000 in prize monies and receive accelerator assistance to launch or expand startups using technology to address social inequities.

Registration: UpPrize 2024 Semi-finals

Questions? Reach us at: passport@pump.org

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July 20th POGOH Community Ride

Join us on Saturday, July 20, for a slow roll through Homewood and Squirrel Hill. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

We’ll begin and end the ride at the POGOH Station at Tioga St & Homewood Ave. This route takes us on a tour of Homewood and Squirrel Hill. Check out the the route ahead of time HERE.

Stick around after the ride for Community Libations from Veggies N’At food truck at Westinghouse Park. POGOH will provide appetizers for all attendees with additional food and drink available for purchase.

No bike? No problem – limited POGOH bikes will be available to ride for free. (Bikes are limited, so make sure to RSVP to reserve your spot).

Registration ends 24 hours before the event.

Registration: July 20th POGOH Community Ride

Questions? Reach us at: passport@pump.org

August 3rd POGOH Community Ride

Join us on Saturday, August 3rd, for a slow roll through Homewood to the Bud Harris Cycling Track. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

We’ll begin and end the ride at the POGOH Station at the Eliza Furnace Trailhead. This route takes us on the Southside Trail. Check out the the route ahead of time HERE.

Stick around after the ride for Community Libations at a local eatery TBA. POGOH will provide appetizers for all attendees with additional food and drink available for purchase.

No bike? No problem – limited POGOH bikes will be available to ride for free. (Bikes are limited, so make sure to RSVP to reserve your spot).

Registration ends 24 hours before the event.

Registration: August 3rd POGOH Community Ride

Questions? Reach us at: passport@pump.org

More to come

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PUMP Through the Years

History

PUMP has been working with young people in Pittsburgh since 1995. Starting in 2003, we began holding local interest forums, including political debates for mayor and county executive, forums on transportation, healthcare, city-county consolidation, energy policy, and more. Many people don’t know that PUMP originally stood for Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project. When we began, our mission was to help encourage young and talented people, both those who had lived here all their lives and those who were new to the region, to stay here. On some measures, Pittsburgh has made significant progress since that time as more and more young people choose to come or remain here. Yet, for all of the well earned and deserved accolades attributed to Pittsburgh’s latest renaissance, we are keenly aware of the fact that the benefits are not enjoyed equally by all. The work of PUMP is no less important today than it was at our founding. We now focus our renewed advocacy efforts on fostering equity in the region and helping a diverse group of young people get connected to one another. We seek to build a Pittsburgh for ALL. Read more about our history here