Mission: Urban Youth Action, Inc. empowers young people to develop positive life and leadership skills by connecting learning to the world of work and the pursuit of post-secondary education.
Target demographics: at-risk youth ages 13-19 in the greater Pittsburgh area
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500
Geographic areas served: Greater Pittsburgh Region
Programs: School Based Program
Violence Prevention Program
The School-Based Program is conducted in partnership with local school districts and offers various services that increase the capacity of the organization to further its’ mission of “ensuring at-risk youth graduate from high school, “Work Ready, Life Prepared and Community Minded.” Through a contract with Pittsburgh Public Schools (Office of Student Services, Student Assistance Program), UYA offers Violence Prevention Services in several schools.
Services take place during the school day via one-on-one sessions, small groups and classroom presentations. UYA utilizes the Get Real About Violence Curriculum. Typically, students participate in programming once a week at their local school. Data is collected by the school on each student as to their progress in the above mentioned areas. UYA is evaluated by each school using a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest. During the 2007-2008 FY, UYA received a 5 from each school.
UYA participates in this program because it generates revenue for the organization, creates an opportunity for UYA to work in a formal capacity with Pittsburgh Public Schools, and helps with recruitment efforts for the core Youth Development Program.
My name is Michael C. Washington. I am currently executive director of a nonprofit called "Empower People, inc." Like the Urban Youth Action campaign, our activities include reaching out to our youth who are our future doctors, lawyers, teachers, adminstrators, businesspersons, and the like. However, our biggest challenge is dissuading our young people away from drugs, gangs and violence. Also, teen suicide is a big problem, too.
We should all fight in the cause to bring cohesiveness to our downtrodded communities. Thumbs up to UYA
As a graduate of the UYA program, I can speak first hand of its' impact on the life of young people. UYA provided me with important career development opportunities and post-secondary education assistance which laid the foundation for my future success as a teacher, school administrator and non profit executive. I was also taught valuable leadership skills and about the importance of staying connected with my community. I appluad the great work of UYA and am excited to be a continued supporter of the organization!!!!!!!!!!!!!