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Brookline Teen Outreach

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: To provide quality resources for Pittsburgh teens in order to maximize their potential, while also enriching the community.

Target demographics: youth ages 10-18, and the community at large

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since March 2016, we have helped more than 60 students grow in their abilities and their relationship to the community.

Geographic areas served: South Pittsburgh

Programs: free tutoring, counseling services, life skills training, cooking classes, interactive science, movie nights, guest speakers addressing difficult issues, and a nature explorers program. We also host various community groups, so that they can fulfill their missions. Groups include: Brookline Chamber of Commerce, Brookline Community Open Mic Night, Casa San Jose, Retro Red Performing Arts, Brookline Art Crawl, and more.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Natalie J.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit. It fulfills a very important need in the south hills of Pittsburgh. Providing students with a safe place and a meal every day is critical to growing up. I love everything they do. Students get help with homework, learn how to cook, have opportunities for counseling, and can participate in special groups such as girls group and an LGTBQIA+ group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While Brookline Teen Outreach has been doing amazing things for both kids AND the community for years, I would like to highlight how they have SUCCESSFULLY continued executing on their mission in the face of the pandemic as very few other organizations and businesses have. For example:

1. As soon as after school programs were closed by the government, the BTO staff initiated telephone outreach to both the kids and their families to see how the were doing and to help them to remain connected and engaged.

2. As soon as they were permitted to do so, BTO re-establishing socially distanced programming and activities on the sidewalk in front of the building on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

3. Separately, BTO also initiated monthly Meet-Ups on Saturday afternoon to extend both programming and activities and also add an energizing, celebratory, street fair vibe with things like cotton candy, etc.

4. Finally, throughout these engagements, BTO has continued to provide complete meals to the kids in an individually packaged, take home mode.

As you are aware, many organizations and businesses are struggling with how to move forward and an increasing number are simply “throwing in the towel”. Brookline Teen Outreach is a very visible example of resilience and how to adjust and continue to flourish…WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT….

Pam V.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BTO has gone above and beyond to keep the kids engaged during Covid restrictions. The team has worked hard to maintain relationships with the teens during this time!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The BTO literally put Brookline on the map for me, which is a sentiment that may be lost on those unfamiliar with the Pittsburgh area. But in a city known for isolated neighborhoods (due to its unique geography), the importance of the BTO and significance of its role to the Brookline area can't be overstated. I've been a board member with the organization for the past year and in that time have learned of the incredible impact it has on the people and neighborhood of Brookline. Working with Caitlin and the other board members has introduced me to a passion for improving the lives of city youth not previously experienced and I look forward to continuing to support the organization as it grows and adjusts to a rapidly changing urban landscape.

Makayla M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTO is such a fun and positive environment for both the kids and the staff. Every day brings something new and exciting!

Diana D.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

This group goes above and beyond to help teens in the community, while at the same time providing them with social engagement and learning opportunities. BTO also reachs out to other groups in the community, in addition to teens, getting them engaged and involved. They have a dynamic, positive energy that creates an atmosphere of life, joy, and hope, and BTO provides a much-needed safe space for teens to grow and explore. Thank you Brookline Teen Outreach!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Brookline Teen Outreach and have seen firsthand how much they do for the children and the community! They are unique in their approach of thinking outside the box to reach as many people in need in various different ways. Also, BTO tries to help people regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. I have seen kids grow in many ways through consistent caring and showing them that we are there for them no matter what. I think there is a staff member that each child can connect with and we try to promote creativity and individuality across the board in order for everyone to grow!

Myles R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have been involved with the BTO for 2 years now. Myself as a volunteer and my son as a teen who gets to enjoy his evenings there. It is a great resource for the kids of the neighborhood. It reallys gives them a safe, fun place to spend time after school. I am grateful to be involved.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I grew up in Brookline. When I learned of the work this nonprofit was doing to make a tangible impact in the community to help kids with growth and development experiences and provide positive support in a safe environment then I reached out to the director to become involved as a Board member to demonstrate to the kids in the programs that they can become whatever they are willing to work hard for in life. It has truly been a great journey to work with such talented and diverse board members and the leadership is inspiring.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a really great and memorable experience. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming. They are very clean and following covid19 procedures well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach truly goes above and beyond to understand and meet the needs of teens and their families within the community. Our director Caitlin and all who are involved with the center truly capture the spirit of the mission both at and away from the center. There are so many valuable opportunities and resources available within BTO that make it an essential asset to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BTO is an amazing organization! They are meeting the needs of teens in the community in an amazing way - meeting them right where they are at with compassion and support. Their services are holistic, high quality, and incredibly comprehensive. This community is a better place because of places like BTO!

1 Lal D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BTO let me help my entire community by being the sponsor of my Eagle Scout project. I'm glad to see the improvements they make everyday to our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BTO has been a wonderful resource for my teens. I'm so glad they exist!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This summer I had teens from the Brookline Teen Center come visit my new ministry at St Mark’s Lutheran Church. They were wonderful! The enthusiasm in working with those young people was apparent. I look forward to having them return this fall.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach is doing wonderful things for the local kids. It always looks cheerful and they are forever participati g in community events! We are truely blessed to have them here! Can't wiat for my kids to get older so they can participate in their activities!

1 Candice Leann J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They really helped my preteen daughter socialize so much better. She's been through a considerable amount of trauma and had problems connecting but they've helped her come out of her shell and make some great friends.

1 Nancy R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am amazed by all the good work you do. You support the community and the community supports you! Perfect! You are helping a lot of kids and therefore helping their families as well. Keep going strong

1 Katie J.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT place for our community. It is a safe haven for kids to come hang out and learn self help skills they will use in real life. There are many different activities that go on up there. I know my son LOVES going there. Thank you for everything you guys do for our children!!!

1 Valerie L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working together as a team helps change the lives of teenagers. The do amazing work at Brookline Teen Outreach.

DBrust

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Totally involved in the community, always open to ideas and ways to improve. I am so impressed with the services and programs they offer kids! Wonderful staff that is always professional and a pleasure to work with!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is constantly working, service projects, hikes, and services for our youth! They are a hub for our community and are open to new experiences, such as offering volunteer job opportunities for one of our special needs students. They really walk the walk to live their values. So grateful for their presence in my neighborhood!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Does great work with kids and adults. Is a safe and fun place to go!

1 Ryan Cold Pop A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally seen how much good this organization does for the community and how many people they serve! It’s phenomenal and I hope their work continues!

1 misebrid

Donor

Rating: 5

Always making sure to be aware of community needs then tenaciously seeking to be a part of meeting those needs. These folks teach us all how to do better for our neighbors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach provides tons of services for our community and has become a real touchstone for local organizing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what this place means to the community. Excellent leadership.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an awesome program! Helping kids choose positive life choices. Leading by example. Kudos to everyone involved to make this happen!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Caitlin McNulty and Diana Fischerkeller for almost 3 years now, and Brookline Teen Outreach is a phenomenal environment. I could not ask for better bosses/colleagues, and there are diverse opportunities in which to serve.

Brookline Teen Outreach is all about building and fostering relationships. Relationships with youths, with neighbors, with other community organizations, with those who need help. Relationship says, “I know I can depend on you when I need you. I know you really care about me”. Sometimes it’s communicated through a youth who has been struggling and reaches out to a trusted staff member to get connected with counseling. It’s a youth who feels safe enough to be vulnerable and learn a new skill or to be challenged to step out of his/her comfort zone. It’s compassionate and professional adults modeling healthy interpersonal skills and safe coping strategies. We are working to build a better Brookline, and a better future, one relationship at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s an amazing organization that has found its perfect place in the community. They offer great adaptive programming and a “go to” place for teens and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brookline teen outreach is a great nonprofit that provides teens in the community with great resources, volunteer opportunities, and after school programs.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach Center provides a safe haven for young men and women to gather, to socialize, to learn, to cook, to revitalize their neighborhood, to help students become the best they can be!! A wonderful resource in our neighborhood and city!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I went for a talent night fundraising show and I was amazed at all the activities available for the teens of the community and beyond. Very caring environment which is needed in this age of horrific events.

Amanda Doyle S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were very impressed with the babysitting offered by the center during a community event. It allowed parents to support local businesses while enjoying a few hours out.
I look forward to when my young children can use the center as teens.
Wonderful program!

Sara Sikora L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great partnership with community and school. Positive role models for teens who attend. Available to work hand in hand in all capacity. Can’t say enough about them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the Current climate it is imperative that we have such great programs like these for our youth and offer them a safe haven network where they are included and can get support!
Keep up the good work

Thank you

Sue McKelvey

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach has been critical to our Community. This non-profit is essential to our children's quality of life, not only because of the valuable programs they provide, but also because of the positive economic impact within our area.

Kathy292

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best non-profit in the Pittsburgh South Hills by far.

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Donor

Rating: 5

All of the local teens in the area tell me how wonderful BTO is. I am so pleased there is such an amazing organization in Brookline. So well run and beneficial to so many people in the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's a great safe place for young people to gather, learn, experience, and be productive. The staff is so caring and the place is centralized and easy to get to with/without public transportation. A great asset for the community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place for teens to use as a resource in the community. My son completed his eagle scout project there with Caitlin and staff. O couldn't say enough kind things about this program and staff and so pleased they are in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach is a very holistic non-profit. From growing produce in a therapeutic garden, to teaching the kids how to cook the food they grew, and using that food for the meals, and to donate it to the Local Food Bank. I believe this one small portion of the Non-profit alone really demonstrates the full circle of positive energy that the Teen Center brings to the community. Therapeutic growing, Learning to Cook, Community Service all in one activity. The Teen Outreach has many more facets, such as compassionate counseling for all ages and income levels, STEM programming, tutoring, learning how to apply for student loans, and many other things.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity to volunteer along side the staff & teens to help clean up the neighborhood, tend gardens & paint a mural over graffiti. Their energy and positive outlook is refreshingly welcome! I am excited about the work & guidance this organization brings to our young people, this is why I am proud to donate to BTO. Thank you!

Erica70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach is a phenomenal organization and asset to the South Pittsburgh community. I had an opportunity to work with them in a professional setting and observe the interaction between staff and the young clients- I could not be more impressed!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is nothing like knowing there is a safe place for young people to go to in the community. That some one has the desire and will put forth the kind of energy that it takes to run such a place is priceless to all who care about youth. Congratulations and continue good luck and growth.

Nora25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've found someplace to finally relax with people I love. The Brookline Teen Outreach consists of amazing adults who are always here for the teens, from Counseling sessions to a Writing group. Truly, i have grown very fond and proud of this place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many communities wish they had a place for their kids to gather for fun activities and community involvement that keeps them occupied and out of trouble. Brookline is blessed with just such a place. The kids - my son included - love to be there and their lives are being enriched along with the community because of their presence. 5 stars!

gem1520

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an amazing organization that helps teens with many things and it's a safe environment for them to be at. They also have a playroom upstairs for toddlers and babies. It's really amazing

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Teen Center is amazing. As a teen who goes there every week. It has so many opportunities and everyone is friendly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach provides amazing and FREE programming for kids in our area. They are incredibly welcoming and kind to everyone!

Kristin81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an awesome organization. It brings something to the community that we didn't have before. Kids are starting to get more involved in the community.

Tommy W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's pretty awesome to have a place like this that us as teens can just kinda go to hang out and volunteer not to mention all the staff are wonderful people and actually care about everyone here and tend to push us to help out around the community honestly I look forward to going there every week because it's just such a cool place to be they also tend to have some kind of volunteer event almost every week helping out someone who needs it 10/10 best place

Jeimy S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach is such a great center to teens throughout Brookline and Beechview. This is the only center in the south hills for teens. They have amazing activities for all different types of students. Hiking is my favorite activity to do with the kids. BTO is also very open to cross culture activities. I think this is an essential part ever center should have, drawing kids together instead of apart. Teaching them about their differences and letting them know we are different yet the same. BTO is en extraordinary center.

Andrea154

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Brookline Teen Outreach (BTO) has grown rapidly since it's inception. I believe it's success can be attributed to both the need for a program of its kind as well as the dedication of the nonprofit's Director, Caitlin McNulty. Caitlin's leadership and hard work have propelled the BTO to rapidly establish an outstanding presence in Brookline. The Center offers life skills classes, movie nights, gaming events and much more. It has become a safe haven of sorts for teens both in Brookline and it's surrounding areas. I, in addition to many others, believe it to be a great asset to the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization, helping kids at risk in the neighborhood and beyond. Totally fantastic and committed staff, who really care and go the extra mile!

Yahya Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our community has sorely needed an organization such as this to model, mentor and motivate area teens to realize their potential and provide an environment where they are able to practice developmental skills, in a safe, inclusive, and affirming way. Kudos to Caitlyn and the staff for their vision and the hard work snd energy in deploying such a great cause!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

BTO is rapidly making a major impact in the community!

1 Bridget24

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach has already made a great impact in the community in the short time it has been open. Not only is it a safe haven for teens that provides dynamic programming and life skills classes, it also serves as a community center with meeting space for several community groups.
BTO is currently staffed and run all by volunteers who care deeply about the community.

I've had a great time volunteering for movie nights and fundraisers. Check them out!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach is a new community partner for our school, but has mentored some of our students for the past many years. I find everyone to be extremely knowledgable, caring, helpful and just absolutely wonderful!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had an informal tour of the Teen Outreach center and was very impressed by all that is offered in the way of comraderie, game playing, tutoring, cooking lessons and movie nights. It has reached out to the community and allows use of space to other organizations such as Casa San Jose. Counseling services are also available at the site. So this is a community oriented place that is primarily a great outlet and resource for the youth of Brookline, but is also many more things! We attended a Night at the Races event there one evening and were so impressed with the facilities. It's spacious, clean and welcoming. Some of the teens helped serve the meal and bus tables and were very cordial and funny! BTO is an asset to the area and I hope it is there for many years to come!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so happy that Brookline Teen Outreach is in our community. It is a wonderful organization that gives teens the opportunity to learn important life skills as well as give back to their community. Brookline will definitely benifit from having a place with fun and interactive programs for kids to participate in!

1 Anthony78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caitlin and her team are doing an outstanding job with Brookline Teen Outreach. Being a life long resident of Brookline, I truly understand the importance of having a safe, friendly and caring environment that the children are welcome to be part of. I know because I lived it, keep up the good work guys.

Sincerely,

Tony

Retired Grandfather...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caitlin McNulty who is the founder of this amazing outlet for teens is a Gem herself! I've had the pleasure of working with her and her"kids" for awhile now and am always grateful and impressed. Her and the wonderful staff of volunteers do outstanding work! One of the greatest things about this Outreach Center is their willingness to try new things.
Recently I introduced my neighbor a retired teacher to her and they look forward to making the possibility of guitar lessons available- something that's sure to a hit!
I am constantly telling parents about this great organization and the opportunities for the teens to "get involved ". I really can not say enough good things about the BTO and hope to get further involved myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The BTO is an amazing, safe, welcoming place for teens. It's a wonderful addition to the Brookline community!!!

Bobby21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended a benefit for this organization, and I was so impressed by the dedication of the staff. They are doing a great service to an underserved community, and the appreciation and devotion of the teenagers really showed. This is a wonderful organization that provides therapy, social outlets, and career guidance to kids who would otherwise not have access to these things

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Brookline Teen Outreach center does a fantastic job of encouraging teens and engaging them in the community. It's wonderful to watch the center grow and expand its offerings. I have seen the teens in action, and I believe we are witnessing them become more confident people who are realize that they are cared about. They, in turn, have outlets for their time and talents and are able to give back to the community.
I am recalling several young adults who had difficult times as teens who would have greatly benefited from a center like this one. I am very glad that the center is there and I hope it continues to thrive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organization with aspiring goals supporting the social and learning needs of kids. Highly engaged with the community. A valuable and much needed resource for PGH and the South Hills neighborhoods.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great people doing great things. I enjoyed the night at the races.