NCM African American Men and Boys 4H Graduates 2014 - Heinz Endowment Grant and Partnerships Penn State University and Kingsley Association
In response to the rampant gang violence that endangered children and families and resulted in senseless deaths in the poorest neighborhoods of Allegheny County, NCM unified local leaders and formed an out-reach, Concerned Citizens of Greater Pittsburgh (CCOGP).
In September 1996, with its first grant from Best Health Care, CCOGP mediated the most successful gang rally in the history of Pittsburgh (Rhododendron Pavilion Highland Park), resulting in a ceasefire and a public truce between five rival gangs. CCOGP received local and national recognition.
Shortly thereafter, CCOGP expanded its services to include the Educational Mentoring Program to assist schools, courts, and families to address academic failure because of negative risk factors. The program effectively reduced truancy.
In 2014, through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, 4-H Pittsburgh teamed with the Kingsley Association and Nabhi Christian Ministries to deliver an innovative 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. Our CEO was recognized for establishing the first African American Male Urban 4H Program Curriculum for the City of Pittsburgh through Penn State Extension.
NCM continues to build strategic partnerships to ensure its services meet the needs of children living in harsh environments by building safe pathways for their healthy development, academic success and recreational access.
NCM have exciting events planned ahead. Our Toy and Coat Drive for Needy Children is active year-round. We celebrate our Back-to-School Reunion in August, NCM Awards in October, our Kid's Annual Christmas Reunion and Drug-Free Gingerbread House Contest in December with our community Partner, Faith Lutheran Church.
We welcome you to participate in these events and hope that you will join us in the important work.