Resolving Conflict & Improving Lives, Since 1996


HISTORY

NCM is unique to the City-the only nonprofit in its area since its inception dedicated solely to the issues of substituting negative risk factors that would predetermine failure with positive support systems that predict success.

In response to local families of Pittsburgh seeking effective alternatives to the rampant gang violence that endangered families and resulted in senseless deaths in the poorest communities of Allegheny County, NCM provided meeting spaces to mobilize communities to in search for solutions to gun violence. NCM unified local leaders and formed, Concerned Citizens of Greater Pittsburgh (CCOGP).

September 2, 1996 highlights NCM's first great accomplishment. With its first grant from Best Health Care, CCOGP successfully mediated Pittsburgh's first ever gang peace rally held at the Rhododendron Pavilion in Highland Park, resulting in a public peace truce and a cease-gunfire between 5-rival gangs from neighboring communities. NCM received The Allegheny County Commissioner’s and State Auditor General Proclamations for improving Pittsburgh neighborhoods and reducing gang violence.

In 2000, NCM, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, formed alliances with District Courts, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Abraxas, Shuman Detention Center, Probation Officers, East-Liberty Family Health Care Center and community groups to implement a case-managed Educational Mentoring Program (EMP), the most effective long-term solution to academic failure in high-risk students within the context of comprehensive and continuing support services where the broad selection of activities such as structured educational programs, creative workshops, support groups and recreation stimulated personal growth. 

In 2004, NCM created the first, unique, court-ordered Life Skills Community Service (LSCS) program component of its kind in Pittsburgh, PA. LSCS strengthened lacking support systems for youth that significantly decreases their vulnerability to academic failure, expulsion, dropout and violent crimes The LSCS significantly reduced truancy and became a model program replicated by other youth-serving and volunteer organizations throughout Allegheny County. NCM received 2 City of Pittsburgh Proclamations for tireless work and effective leadership towards the goals of making Pittsburgh a more peaceful and loving place; and for all its efforts in helping so many of those in need of aid in the city.

In 2015, through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, NCM teamed with 4-H Pittsburgh and the Kingsley Association to deliver an innovative, assets-based self-sufficiency youth development program that gave African-American males leadership roles in their neighborhoods of Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington. NCM received the Jefferson and Soroptimist Awards for Outstanding Public Service for establishing the first African American Male Urban 4H Program Curriculum for the City of Pittsburgh through Penn State Extension and Proclamations from Congress and the City of Pittsburgh for appreciation of dedication, enthusiasm, cooperation and tireless community work;

In 2016, NCM received a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for honoring leaders in our community for their achievements, value and impact on children and families; NCM founder was the recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award;

IN 2018, NCM received the City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for service and civic contribution to the City of Pittsburgh;

In 2019, NCM received the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. LLZ Chapter Community Service Award for ongoing service and unwavering dedication to community outreach & engagement.

NCM have exciting events planned ahead. NCM Annual General Meeting is in April, Back2School Slam in August, NCM Awards in October, Kid's Coats for Warmth Christmas Reunion and Gingerbread House Contest (judged by effort and family participation only) in            December with community Partner, Faith Lutheran Church. NCM welcomes you to participate in these events along with her basic need distribution fundraisers for needy children and families. We hope that you will join in and support the important work.


SEE AWARDS/RECOGNITION

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