At Last!!! Not just another Youth Organization offering programs, but a "True" spiritual character-building movement. Having been born and raised in Chicago I have both, witnessed and been victim to the many plights and negative dynamics that plague or youth. From extreme poverty and crime, to the more personal challenges of academic achievement gaps and the mental/behavioral health challenges that further marginalizes our youth. So, when I moved to Pittsburgh, Pa and encountered the same issues I began working with various organizations that supported youth and community development.
Then came the burnout after years of chasing change. It wasn't until I met Nate Brown and learned about his vision for 5A Elite that I felt a true sense of hope. After seeing first hand the power of cultivating internal and external peace in a chaotic society- I was like "how can I be of service?" add in the fact that the youth will both lead the movement through the program(s) and also educate the adults in their communities on being change agents, Then you have a future that shimmers and shines with a powerful and radiant light!
5A Elite is the platinum standard for shifting the narrative around how to engage our youth in a holistic manner that prepares them to face today's challenges and tap into tomorrow's potential by engaging them in mind, body and spirit. Nate and Jessica Brown are truly committed to mobilizing future leaders as builders of peace and champions of justice. I'm honored to know them and serve the organization.
I really felt this power of words workshop helped me a lot with self-respect, the power of my words, and my confidence and how I effect the confidence of others with my words!
On June 18, 2016, I attended a 5A Elite Youth Empowerment event held at the August Wilson Center, Downtown Pittsburgh. The idea of health and fitness are becoming more important to me as I get older, and learning about healthier life alternatives are helpful, so the Detoxing and Renewing the Total You presentation was of particular interest to me.
I went in not knowing exactly what to expect and WOW was it worth it! Jessica Brown was very prepared and knowledgeable on the subject matter, and enthusiastically explained the connection between food and the brain; how our brains react to the foods we eat, and in turn the reaction affects our mood, our ability to process information, make decisions etc. We also learned about how to detox our brains which leads to total renewal of the mind, body and spirit.
I believe we all left better informed and better prepared to make positive changes in our lives.
I attended a "Word, Sound, Power" workshop and I love it! Positive reinforcement is something I live by. This was enlightening and almost cried a few times.
This non profit is geared to change the course of our young people! They are working actively to shape our future leaders of tomorrow.
I write on the behalf of 5A Elite Youth Empowerment in support of their efforts providing services to youth in the city of Pittsburgh.
5A Elite Youth Empowerment has an excellent track record for providing innovative and effective programming for youth, parents and community groups. They offer multi-faceted workshops on various topics including power of words, how to study, nutrition, self-esteem and worth, relation and meditation, time management, and conflict resolution. Their workshops utilize a holistic approach that incorporates behavior interventions, skill building, artistic expressions, creative movement, youth development, and academic achievement.
The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh collaborates with 5A Elite the following ways:
• Executive Assistant Jessica Brown sits on the faculty of the Black Female Leadership Development Institute Program, assisting with hosting workshops for 42 middle and high school girls for the 2015-2016 program year. For our recent 4 day residential in January 2016, 5A Elite hosted an outstanding workshop called Words, Sound and Power. We are pleased that in the exit surveys that girls took, they ranked 5A Elite workshop as the number one workshop that they enjoyed the most.
• As speaker for BFLDI, Jessica Brown’s role is vital in exposing students to prominent black leaders in the Pittsburgh region.
• As a partner, 5A Elite provides representation at the BFLDI special events including our annual Black Male and Female Leadership Development Institute hosting in February, that brings together more than 80 African American students across the region to network with leaders in the community, be recognized, and engage in powerful dialogue.
We look forward to our collaborations with 5A Elite to improve outcomes for at-risk, high risk, and underserved youth and furthering our mission of helping to empower our young black men and women of tomorrow.
When I first me Mrs. Jessica, it was through the BFLDI. When she walked in, she just lit the room up. Her energy is just so incredible. She gave all the girls her number & I texted her for someone to talk to. I started to go to her church every Friday, which is where I met Mr. Nate.
Their church program makes you feel so welcome like your family. It feels like you’ve know them all your life. Mr. Nate had powerful words and is a very nice man. I love talking to them, they helped me see something I didn’t see in myself. They helped my cousin through what she was going through at the time and I’m grateful for it. They helped me get closer to God and helped mw know all my mistakes and in the process me and my cousin had got closer spiritually, mentally and physically. I thank them for just making me feel welcomed into their home and lives.
They are just such anointed people that its crazy! And I love it. I love them for getting me closer to God and giving me an answer to pretty much every question I have. I know our relationship is going to get stronger and I can’t wait.
Parisha (Shae) Taylor
I have had the pleasure of being a spectator of the 5A Elite for about the last year and I have been changed every time I have an encounter. They're mission is to guide youth in a professional direction and having them to be prepared for life in every aspect.
The most memorable event that I attended was this past spring and the topic was "Eliminating Toxic Thoughts." The lecture included science of neurotransmitters and how changing our thoughts and words can change our whole attitude. It was insightful and this is relevant to personal growth because it teaches the youth how to have the right mindset when being out in the world. You must first believe that it is achievable
This is an organization that will change the lives of any and if given the chance to expand, a new generation of leaders will be grown from these very roots.