American Eagle Outfitters has awarded the Anti-Defamation League a $100,000 grant to expand its No Place for Hate program in Pittsburgh-area schools.
The program, which provides anti-bias education, currently operates in 24 schools across Allegheny County, reaching nearly 17,000 students and 1,200 educators.
This is the second $100,000 commitment from American Eagle in the past two years, and will allow No Place for Hate to more than double its impact in the region since the massacre at the Tree of Life building in October 2018.
“Since the Tree of Life tragedy, we have continued to grow our anti-bias education programming in the Pittsburgh area thanks to the generous support of American Eagle Outfitters,” said James Pasch, ADL regional director. “We know that no one is born a bigot; hate is learned and can be unlearned. That’s why it is so important to reach students in schools so that they are equipped to respond when they encounter hatred and bullying in their daily lives. We remain committed to continuing to make this program available to as many schools as possible in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.”
Since 1999, No Place for Hate has helped promote anti-bias education in more than 1,600 public and private schools across the country.
The new American Eagle grant will enable the ADL to reach as many as 30 additional schools in the 2020-2021 school year.
Anti-Semitic incidents nationwide have more than doubled over the last five years, according to ADL’s Center on Extremism. From 2016-2018, ADL reported a 46% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in K-12 schools. PJC