NCM is unique to the City-the only nonprofit in its area dedicated solely to the issues of substituting negative risk factors that would predetermine failure with positive support systems that predict success, since its inception. NCM has truly established itself as one of the City's premier grassroots organizations by working towards initiatives promoting increased educational and recreational alternatives and strengthening family relationships and self-sufficiency. NCM's has proven trust among the youth community and is known for its successes and strong ability to facilitate an effective and integrated approach to addressing community gun violence with successful outcomes.
In response to the cries of local families of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania seeking safer communities by providing effective alternatives to the rampant gang violence that endangered children, youth and families and resulted in senseless deaths in the poorest neighborhoods of Allegheny County, Nabhi Christian Ministries (NCM) extended itself, talents and resources and unified local leaders to form a massive community out-reach called, Concerned Citizens of Greater Pittsburgh (CCOGP) (Not East Liberty Concerned Citizens Corp) to better serve the community-at-large, with the goal of reducing violence, the possibility of high-risk youth starting or continuing delinquent behavior and to raise the academic standard.
September 2, 1996 highlights NCM's greatest accomplishment. With its first grant from Best Health Care, CCOGP successfully organized and 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 that recruited over 150 participants for the EMP pilot project. CCOGP of NCM received the 1996 Allegheny County Commissioners and Pennsylvania State Auditor General Proclamations for improving Pittsburgh neighborhoods and reducing gang violence (see gang peace truce rally videos below).
In 2000, NCM expanded its services even further to assist schools, families, and communities in addressing academic failure due to negative risk factors by addressing the need to engage low-income families of Pittsburgh in family strengthening programs that simultaneously address relationship skills alongside economic supports to help families achieve self-sufficiency, child well-being, and family stability. NCM formed strong partnerships with Allegheny County District Courts, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Abraxas, Shuman Detention Center, Probation Officers, East-Liberty Family Health Care Center and community groups to effectively implement the Educational Mentoring Program (EMP), a case-managed conflict resolution and family self-sufficiency program for the purpose of providing educational support and social services for families with students suffering from persistent and academically disabling forms of delinquency, including violent and drug-addictive behaviors. The EMP built stronger family relationships and self-sufficiency and reduced truancy. In addition, NCM created the first, unique, life-skills court-ordered community service components of its kind in Pittsburgh, PA that became a model program replicated by other youth-serving and volunteer organizations throughout Allegheny County.
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. The ultimate goal of the project was that through practice, participation and mentorship, youth assumed leadership roles in their community and actively engaged in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects that help uplift their neighborhood. NCM was honored with the Jefferson Award Winner & Soroptimist Award Winner for Outstanding Public Service for establishing the first African American Male Urban 4H Program Curriculum for the City of Pittsburgh through Penn State Extension.
NCM continues to be recognized as one of the most influential and effective community resource for deterring youth violence and high risk youth starting or continuing delinquent behavior by addressing, managing and resolving internal conflict within the family. With phones 0perating 24 hours daily, NCM offers continuous support for students and parents through periods of crisis and relative stability.
In 2016, NCM increased its approach for giving high-risk youth and low-income families a hand up out of poverty by strengthening its case-managed self-sufficiency and relationship building program and adding family arts and recreation to keep at risk youth off the dangerous streets and away from drugs and gangs and to keep them positively connected to the program, their schools, family and their community.
NCM have exciting events planned ahead. New Toy and Coat Drive for Needy Children and youth starts in April. NCM Back2School Slam is in August. The Exhale and Hardship Programs began in October, NCM Awards, honoring community leaders that youth can aspire to is also in October, NCM Kid's Coats for Warmth Christmas Reunion and Gingerbread House Contest (judged by effort and family participation only) is in December with community Partner, Faith Lutheran Church. NCM welcomes you to participate in these events and hope that you will join and support the important work.