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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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

misebrid

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brookline Teen Outreach is meeting so many community needs! Kids and adults both like being in this welcoming space and participating in events together. It's a real community-builder! Life skills from cooking to applying for jobs, community service projects, education opportunities, and fun positive events fill the schedule. Many people in Brookline check the BTO calendar before planning their weeks - just to make sure we don't miss anything :-)

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.

DBrust

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported this nonprofit because I believe in their program of providing a safe place for teens to hang out, and get counseling and tutoring and focus on goals while staying out of trouble.

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.