Protecting Our Communities

Be 1 in a million

The Youth Futures Commission's “Be 1 in a Million” program has emerged from a call made by First Lady Michele Obama in January in which she challenged organizations to expand or create mentoring programs to help reduce dropout rates and juvenile delinquency. "Be 1 in a Million" is our local response to improve the educational success of our region’s students by:

  • Recruiting and equipping at least 4,000 new Readers, Tutors and Mentors in the next three years;
  • Engaging an ‘Educational Champion’ for every student in Allegheny County; and
  • Providing targeted support for six school districts within Pittsburgh Public Schools and Allegheny County to help their educational goals.
There is a role in our “Be 1 in a Million campaign” for every adult citizen in Allegheny County to make a difference! You can match your participation or choose your opportunity based on the age of the youth you wish to work with or on the amount of time you have to give.

Will you Be 1?  www.be1volunteer.org

Erie Criminal Reduction Strategy

The Erie County Comprehensive Violence Reduction Strategy includes long term and immediate term solutions to gun violence problems in the City of Erie. The long term strategy includes a commitment and reinvestment in the Erie County Communities that Care process of problem solving – focusing on gathering data and analyzing the prevalent risks and lacking protective factors that lead to, among other things, violent behavior; and targeting intervention and prevention strategies to reduce the risks and increase the protective factors that are identified by the data. The immediate term strategy utilizes the Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) case studies from across the nation and incorporates PSN strategies that have proven effective. This is a comprehensive effort by Erie to expand its gun violence prevention effort by employing tested, innovative and proactive practices. Part of the Erie strategy is modeled after a “consent to search” program, which was used in St. Louis. A firearm suppression program team develops intelligence on residences in the city of Erie believed to be connected with youth unlawfully in possession of firearms. In appropriate cases, the team approaches the parent/adult in the home for consent to search.

Mad Dads Program

The Mad Dads program is the inspirational brainchild of two committed fathers in Wilkinsburg. These two men and 20 others banded together to take back their neighborhood by investing their time, energy and souls to assess community tension and intervene positively to address problems before they escalate out of control. This program is being developed in the North Side, the Hill District, Homewood and Beltzhoover, which are four communities in Pittsburgh where the gun violence and homicides are particularly unacceptable. Mad Dads is a great program and we would like to “franchise” it in every neighborhood.

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