Women, Youth, and Families Issues Grantees (1989-2010)

(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)

#4 Block Club, 1996
Formed in 1979 to address the erosion of West Oakland caused by the expansion of the University of Pittsburgh, #4 Block Club works with other grassroots organizations to influence the design and implementation of the university’s 20-year master space plan. With a TRCF grant, the group established a process that allows all neighborhood voices to be heard.

African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, 1999
TRCF funds helped in the purchase of literature from the National Cancer Institute to supplement the bureau’s health presentations on the prevention of breast and cervical cancer.

Afterschool Music Program at the North Side YMCA, 1997
The program focuses on music as an educational, aesthetic and emotional experience for at-risk children in an atmosphere of nonviolence. Through composing, performing, conducting, listening, enjoying, sharing and reacting to music, students can go beyond the mechanics of music and use it as a means of creating, exploring and achieving.

Aliquippa Youth Council, 1995
TRCF funds helped the council to implement its Youth Development Project, a project conceived by the youth of Aliquippa to provide 3 months of development activities consisting of leadership training, organizational development, an essay contest and a youth-needs assessment survey.

Allegheny Middle School Community Committee, 1994
Family Fun Night, an after-school program developed by parents, teachers, social service providers and youth, provided a safe, structured environment for children and their families in Northview Heights and Perry Center, in the North Side of Pittsburgh. Classes include Art, Youth Expression, Stepping (drill team), Gymnastics, Health and Nutrition, and Cooking.

Allequippa Terrace Youth Leads Council, 1999
TRCF funds helped to host a community day of beautification between seniors and youth. The Council seeks to increase youth roles in the community while building leadership skills.

Arlington Civic Council, 1997
Using a newsletter and activities for neighborhood children, this group focuses on issues that affect their neighborhood. Teenagers of diverse backgrounds gain work experience and awaken their ability to excel. Youth work involves community gardening, an herb garden for Arlington Meals on Wheels and a pumpkin patch from which neighborhood children carve entries in a jack-o-lantern contest.

Bethel Community Center, 1999
The center provides for the community at large a computer lab with training classes on resume writing and Internet access.

Blair Heights Resident Council, 1997
The Blair Heights Resident Council, in Clairton, Pa., works to develop self-esteem, leadership and technology skills with the children of this housing project. Older children serve as teachers to the young in order to build their leadership skills and increase their sense of community.

Braddock Field Historical Society, 1997
The Choose Right Program for Teenage Girls, a 12-week project for girls ages 12 to 15 from Rankin, North Braddock and Braddock, was designed to provide mentors for the girls to openly discuss problems they face as well as the positive solutions and choices available to them.

Century Community Association, 2000
TRCF funds were used to expand recreational activities for the growing teen population in Clairton and form a community youth council.

Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble), 1996
Designed to teach children that conflict is normal and that there are ways to solve it, Chatham Baroque presents its conflict resolution program, interPLAY!, in local elementary schools. The program is a drama in which four musicians, who must cooperate in order to make music, are beset with conflicts related to prejudice and inconsiderate behavior. The students help the musicians define and overcome their problems in order to prepare for a concert.

Coalition for United Clairton, 1994
This Mon Valley organization produced a monthly newsletter identifying and publicizing social and community services and activities involving city government and schools. It also hosted informational workshops on gang awareness, anti-gang alternatives and tough-love parenting.

Dorothy Day Parenting Program, 1995
Dorothy Day Apartments, a facility that provides housing and support for single parents, hosted summer math and science classes for children ages 5 through 12 in the Lincoln-Lemington community. While children were engaged in the learning activities, parents attended bi-monthly classes on subjects such as discipline vs. punishment, child development, nutrition and nurturing.

Dreams of Hope, 2009
Dreams of Hope is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allies youth performing arts group. All performance material is taken from the youth’s life experiences and are written and performed by the youth. Each show is followed by a candid question and answer period with the audience.

East Liberty Arts Council, 2002
TRCF funds were used to create the East Liberty ArtPark, a place where children can develop their imaginations, in a misused piece of city land.

Family Growth Center, 1997
Using a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant, members of the Family Growth Center were able to attend the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at Duquesne University. Both young people and adults attended workshops and planned to use the information and skills to enhance the work of their North Side neighborhood organization.

Finding Out: Creative Arts Empowerment for Women Offenders, 1997
This project encouraged female offenders to explore and share their personal life stories through performance art and written journals that were used as tools for problem solving and life planning.

Free Ride!, 2006
Free Ride! hosts a Youth Earn-A-Bike Program, a 12-hour course in which young people (ages 10-16) learn bike repair, maintenance, and safety, as well as basic principles of environmental sustainability.  Each youth chooses a bicycle to learn to repair, and ultimately keep.  Funding helped this group develop and strengthen partnerships with local youth organizations and to expand the environmental curriculum of the program.

Friends of the Riverfront, 1995
This group brought together youth from two similar at-risk urban neighborhoods, Central North Side and Rosedale Block Cluster, which have been historically conflicted. The three-month Trail Care project allowed the youth to participate in a program that educated them on environmental issues, provided employment opportunities and created a sense of ownership of the riverfront.

Gang Peace Council of Western Pennsylvania (GPC), 1993
GPC representative Khalid Raheem attended the Urban Peace Summit in Kansas City, Mo., that dealt with gang activities, and reported on its impact on local communities.

Garfield Community Farm, 2010
The Garfield Community Farm used Special Opportunity Grant funds to construct a hoop house (an inexpensive greenhouse), which extended their growing season by almost four months.  They also received an annual grant to support their internship program, providing jobs for residents in this blighted neighborhood.  In 2010, using TRCF funds, they instituted a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program, providing low-cost fresh vegetables and fruit to the residents of Garfield.

Gateway Senior High School, Service Program, 2000
United We Stand … A MUST Multicultural Program was developed by the Gateway Service Program to provide a safe, comfortable forum for high school students to share and learn about multicultural issues. The student workshop facilitators have presented the program to students in area schools and won the Louis Caplan Human Relations Award in 1996.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, Pittsburgh, 2010
GLSEN develops and purchases educational materials for workshops that make schools safe and inclusive environments for all students.  Both teachers and students go to their workshops, where they learn about the negative effects of stereotyping, bullying, and name-calling.  GLSEN also is implementing the “Safe and Respectful Schools Project,” which will be a series of region-wide programs that prevent discrimination, harassment, and violence against children perceived to be different by their peers.  In 2009, GLSEN held the first Unified for Youth (U4Y) Conference, a weekend-long event consisting of workshops and discussions on LGBT issues, supported by a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant.  It was so successful that, in 2010, they received a TRCF annual grant to expand the U4Y Conference.

Good Little Girls Zine, 2002
TRCF provided funds for production costs to the independent women’s- and gender-issues magazine.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, 1997
As an advocate for grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren, GRG works to keep grandparents informed and be a voice to state and federal agencies on relevant issues.

Greater Pittsburgh Alliance of Black School Educators, 2004
This organization hosted a Fall Forum, consisting of workshops and a keynote speaker, to provide information to all individuals interested in the achievement of African American students.  They also provided materials and programs for parents to become more informed decision-makers for their children.

Greater Pittsburgh Student Voices, 2006
GPSV used their funds to enhance their voter outreach and education drives through more emphasis on high school registration events and a voter education-focused Civics Fair, where students will compete with peer education, service-learning, and media production projects relating to voting issues.  The Civics Fair has become an annual event.  They have a network of over 100 teachers and 43 high schools, and have existing collaborations with 10 organizations and offices.

Green Millennium Children’s Garden, 2003
Begun in 1999, the GMCG is a place for children from primarily economically disadvantaged families to put their energy to work.  The garden provides a green space for youth to connect with the earth through gardening, and learn about ecology, nutrition, and art.

Greene County Arts Council, 1995
Greene County at-risk children were sponsored to attend the Greene County Arts Council Summer Arts Kids Kamp. Scholarships and busing were provided for youth who would have been excluded because of poor socio-economic conditions and driving distance.

Greene County Network for Kids with Special Needs, 2003
Funds from TRCF were used to organize, present, and purchase equipment for an interactive disabilities fair to be brought into schools to sensitize students and educators about people with disabilities.

Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies, 2009
GTECH Strategies used its funds to implement a series of lessons at after-school programs to teach youth about environmental and social issues surrounding vacant lots, while allowing them to explore solutions as a way to empower them in their own communities.

Holocaust Education Project: Born to Remember, 2002
This interactive program goes into schools to educate teens about the Holocaust and encourage them to use the past to positively influence the decisions they make today.

In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh, 2009
In Sisterhood recorded 20 stories on video, in addition to collecting photos and memorabilia, of activists, primarily lesbians, about their involvement in advancing women’s rights in the Pittsburgh region.

Innocence Institute at Point Park University, 2008
The Innocence Institute used its Media Justice Initiative funds to bring attention to the issue of life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders.

Institute of Black Cultural Studies (IBCS), 1992
This community-based educational institution operates an after-school and Saturday program on the life circumstances, achievements and failures experienced by the African American from their African beginnings to the origins of slavery, emancipation and urbanization. IBCS seeks to increase cultural awareness and respect for ethnic diversity, and provide positive role models for African American youth.

Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, 2010
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, working in conjunction with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, used a TRCF grant to develop a youth-led community project of creating a 15-minute video.  This video aimed at conquering the social biases surrounding Muslim Americans, and creating positive self-images for Muslim youth.

Latin American Cultural Union, 1999
Local Hispanic youth explored their cultural identity through the building of a “retablo.” Those involved in the project planned, designed and implemented the content and shape of the retablo around the theme Past, Present & Future: Journey of Hispanics in Pittsburgh.

League of Women Voters in Westmoreland County, 2002
The LWV in Westmoreland County worked to build strong coalitions to empower neglected, disenfranchised populations.  They targeted three main populations: individuals with developmental disabilities, aging individuals, and students who would be soon voting for the first time.

LinkTAfric, 1998
LinkTAfric is dedicated to enhancing educational and career aspirations of inner city youth through their stockbroker training project, which includes a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.

Manchester Youth Development, 1996
This group used TRCF funds to reach out to at-risk youth the Homestead area.

Marilyn G. Rabb (MGR) Foundation, 2009
The MGR Foundation used its funds to hold a city-wide Peace Rally, bringing together students, working with artists of varying media, to express their thoughts, feelings, and visions about violence.  This project encouraged students to be activists for change and agents of peace.

Meade Educultural Consultants, 1998
Based in Aliquippa, the group seeks to encourage community participation in clean-up and beautification efforts. The group also promotes youth participation through its Summer Youth Educational Program.

Metro Family Practice, 2000
TRCF provided funds for a pilot study on the high infant mortality rate in Wilkinsburg. This practice provides family and woman-centered maternity care to low-income women of Wilkinsburg in a safe and respectful environment.

Mission: Possible, 1994
Mission: Possible received a TRCF grant to support an after-school tutoring program in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh for at-risk children ages 6 to 12. The group also focuses on leadership development for young African American males ages 13 and older. The group serves area low income youth, male and female, of which 99 percent are African American.

NARAL-PA Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Campaign, 2004
TRCF provided funds to help increase Western Pennsylvania constituent involvement in the pro-choice movement through campus organizing, the Campaign for Contraceptive Coverage, the TORCH (Teens Organizing for Reproductive CHoice) program, the crisis pregnancy initiative, and coalition efforts.

New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, 2009
NVP is the only human rights and social justice activist organization for, led by, and about women of color in the greater Pittsburgh area.  They build progressive young women of color into political activists and community leaders.  NVP used its grant for operating support to develop a sustainable local organization and movement for reproductive justice.

North Side’s Own, 1997
For the 100 women of North Side’s Own, this home-based sewing cooperative represented an avenue out of poverty. Determined to leave the public assistance rolls, these women used a TRCF grant to survey and identify markets for their proposed products, including upscale children’s clothing and a variety of basic textile goods. After training in sewing skills, self-development and business management, the members planned to establish home-based sewing centers in their North Side neighborhood.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 2000
PFLAG Pittsburgh provides education and support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. TRCF helped fund a brochure that outlined the services offered by PFLAG and was distributed to churches, social workers, educators and school counselors. For the 2000 grant and in collaboration with Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educator’s Network (GLSEN) and teachers, PFLAG developed the Safe Schools Project to ensure that students K-12 (and teachers) have access to a non-threatening learning environment. PFLAG and GLSEN provide the training and educational materials.

Park Hill Apartments Resident Council, 1997
Many of the nearly 100 families represented by the Park Hill Apartments Resident Council are young, lack skills and have small children. The council used a summer drill team to counter the violent environment of their children and to raise funds for the organization.

Peace Postures for Children, 1997
With the help of TRCF’s Carol Sharon Endowment, Peace Postures for Children taught a curriculum at East Hills School that integrates themes of self-identity, community, conflict resolution, peace-making and heroism with structured arts learning. Second- and third-graders created their own peaceful world through hands-on artistic exploration, culminating in a performance art production.

Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, 2008
The PCWPPP, in collaboration with New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, launched the Voice Your Vote campaign to cultivate the habits of citizenship and enhance leadership skills among young women.  They identified, cultivated, and placed young women in community-based internships so they could gain experience during the campaign season and build their real-world political knowledge.

Pennsylvania Peace Links, 1995
Using middle and high school students as puppeteers, Pennsylvania Peace Links brought the message of conflict resolution to area pre-school and elementary schools. The puppet show was based on “The Tree House,” a donated story written by Lois Lowry.

Persad Center, 2009
Persad used its grant to build its After School Program for LGBT youth, who acquired negotiation skills and received leadership training, which will empower a new generation of community activists.

Phyllis Wheatley Literary Society, 1998
This organization provides career/motivational workshops for junior and senior high school students.

Pitt Campus Women’s Organization, 2000
TRCF helped to fund a delegation of 45 campus women to participate at the Feminists Expo 2000 in Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2000.

Pittsburgh, Beijing & Beyond, 1995
Using TRCF funds, Pittsburgh, Beijing ‘95 & Beyond continued to educate and increase public awareness of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women and developed a Platform of Action for Pittsburgh in conjunction with a network of women’s and other organizations.

Pittsburgh Cares, 2008
Pittsburgh Cares launched the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy with their grant.  PYLA is designed to build bridges across the region between high school youth from suburban, urban, and rural communities while empowering them to take action in areas where they want to see change.  PYLA equips youth with the training necessary to problem solve, speak out, and motivate and lead others into action.

Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2004
The PILGFF provides a cultural event in the tri-state region designed to support LGBT artists and a needed cultural outlet for the LGBT community.  TRCF funds were used to cover the expenses for the Festival’s youth program, Reel Queer (RQ), which introduces youth to cinema arts in a safe drug- and alcohol-free environment.

Pittsburgh Mediation Center, 2006
The center teaches skills for resolving conflicts, enabling people to use those skills in their regular interactions with other individuals or groups. TRCF grants have gone to train low-income people as community mediators, and to train local youth in peer mediation skills to reduce violence in low-income and minority communities.

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, 1998
TRCF supported a multicultural outreach project by the PTLL. The goal was a more diverse experience for children who play at PTLL and the adults who supervise them.

Pittsburgh Transportation Equity Project, 2005
TRCF funds were used to support stipends for two high-school student interns with PTEP.  Through training, they became Youth Organizers for the Transit Riders Union Evolving (TRUE), and initiated contact with various community organizations and orchestrated a voter registration drive.

Project Rediscovery-North Side, 1996
This after-school tutoring and counseling program for Manchester elementary school children includes a cultural enrichment element in its program.

Rainbow Health Center (Rainbow Clinic), 1991
Established in 1989 as a project of Rainbow Kitchen-Access to Health Care Project, this free health center in Homewood, Pa., offers physical exams, lab tests, routine screenings and preventive health care as well as educational health programs. A TRCF grant brought community residents, physicians and nurses together to develop and produce a Community Women’s Health Handbook.

Saint Peter’s Church After School Music Program, 1992
The program primarily for African American youth, 9 to 11 years old, uses a music therapy process to promote peaceful conflict resolution and to provide children with positive “experience in structure, self-organization and relating to others.” TRCF helped with the purchase of musical instruments.

Sharps Terrace Resident Council, 1993
The Sharps Terrace Resident Council represents low-income residents in a public-housing complex who converted an abandoned lot into a community garden, producing more than 1,000 pounds of produce in the first year. In conjunction with the local school district, the community garden is grown organically and used to teach children their role in maintaining a healthy environment.

Sisterhood, 1996
Sisterhood, an organization in Fairywood comprised of women, 90 percent of whom are single heads of household, offers weekly educational workshops and a mentoring program for pre-teen to young adult females and their parents or guardians.

Sisters of St. Joseph’s Foster Care Program, 1997
A multi-media resource center for foster parents, initiated by Sisters of St. Joseph’s Foster Care Program, builds the capacities of community members to respond effectively to needs of abused and neglected children. The TRCF investment in this project affects the lives of more than 3,000 children currently in Allegheny County’s foster care system, as well as future foster children.

Southwest Westmoreland County Unity Coalition, 1998
This group organizes community-based responses to local hate groups and spreads its message through newsletters, forums and unity events as well as activities for youth in area schools.

Stand for Children, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2001
Working to promote passage of the Act to Leave No Child Behind, Pittsburgh Stand for Children pursued a postcard campaign to remind activists and communities about things they could do to lobby Congress.

Strength, Inc., 1996
Founded in May 1994 to address drug and alcohol problems in Wilkinsburg, this organization has grown to offer services and support to substance abusers as well as troubled youth and their families. The organization also encourages community and economic development in the area.

Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger, 1997
Teenagers from 10 Allegheny County high schools built student awareness of poverty issues, volunteered in community food assistance programs and engaged in advocacy activities about policy in a Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger. The new coalition, funded 60 percent by TRCF, implements a spring educational, policy advocacy or group volunteer activity involving at least 30 students. A fall interscholastic conference attracted 75 or more. Schools each sponsor a hunger awareness program, a fundraiser, an assembly for hunger education or a campaign for petitioning or letter writing about a policy issue.

Student Environmental Action Coalition, Pittsburgh (SEAC), 1998
SEAC is a membership-based, grassroots, student-led regional organization that is dedicated to achieving social and environmental justice. Mid-Atlantic SEAC focuses on local and regional issues that affect environmental and social conditions, working closely with community groups on issues ranging from deforestation to environmental racism.

Student Hunger Action, 1998
This coalition of high school students is working to fight hunger in our community and seeks a wider community forum in order to involve students in government decisions on hunger and poverty policies.

Students in Solidarity, 2003
The University of Pittsburgh group used funds for operations and for various organizing campaigns on campus and in the Pittsburgh community.

Three Rivers Earth Force, 2010
TREF used a grant to support the engagement of 5th to 8th grade youth as the “eyes and minds,” as well as the “hands and feet,” of environmental change in Wilkinsburg.  The students embarked on a youth-led Community Action and Problem Solving process, intended to change community policies and practices for the better when it came to environmental justice.

Together Strong, 1994
Together Strong, a group of women from the Northview Heights Housing Community, received a TRCF grant to continue their work of rebuilding trust among the members of their neighborhood. These families are working on their own now to stimulate their children’s interest in school, obtain their GEDs, improve their employment situations and overcome chemical dependence.

Ultimate Summer League, 1997
This joint project between the Lincoln Ultimate League and the Pittsburgh Ultimate Summer League brings together youth from these neighborhoods for a day of healthy competition and cultural exchange.

Veterans for Peace, Inc., 2004
VFP used TRCF funds to distribute 625 copies of the book Addicted to War to libraries and teachers in the inner city and other economically deprived public schools in the Pittsburgh area.  They also simultaneously offer veterans as guest speakers.  The books will help students to critically think and better weigh a military recruiter’s efforts, which heavily target economically deprived students.

Westgate Youth Leads Council, 1999
TRCF funds were used to create and distribute a quarterly youth-driven newsletter in the Westgate Village housing community.

Wilkinsburg Family Support Center Parent Council, 2009
The WFSCPC organized 31 Family Support Centers and 10 other organizations to participate in the FAVORITE Campaign (Families Addressing Voting, Organizing Registration Informational Training Early). The funds were used to motivate participants to register and educate over 15,500 new voters.  In 2009, the Center received funding to establish a Neighborhood Association, which encouraged residents to take ownership in their community by keeping it clean.

Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), 1994
WREE began in 1986 as a “kitchen table” group of 4 to 6 women working to promote economic justice for women of all races and classes. It went on to provide a stimulus and forum for interactive discussion through the use of film, topical presentations, poetry and workshops.

Women of Color and Their Allies Summit, 1998
This joint effort of the East End and First Pittsburgh chapters of NOW (National Organization for Women) recruits participants from Pittsburgh for the summit.

Women’s Law Project, Western PA Office, 2004
This newly-opened office of the Pennsylvania organization used TRCF funds to sustain and expand themselves, so they would be able to provide legal support for women dealing with inequitable laws, discriminatory public policies, and pervasive gender stereotyping.

Women’s Leadership & Organizing Project Alumni Association, 2002
The WLOP began as a project of Just Harvest, and the graduates founded the Alumni Association.  The purpose is to identify and train women from lower income communities within Allegheny County as community leaders and advocates on social changes that affect their lives.

Women’s Resource Center, 2001
The center used TRCF funds for the development and distribution of a directory of resources for women and girls in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Women’s Work, 1998
Women’s Work Gallery offers a place for women to share with each other the realities of their lives through their art and writing. TRCF funded a website for the gallery to continue its work in cyber space after funding difficulties forced them to leave rented space.

Woodland Hills Academic Foundation, 2002
Woodland Hills School District was formed by a court order in 1981 to address issues of segregation in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs.  TRCF funds were used to publish a special retrospective magazine to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the District.

Working Women with Disabilities Support Group, 2003
The group, which advocates the hiring of women with disabilities, held an awards dinner to honor medical professionals who had exhibited compassion, caring, and exemplary knowledge and behavior when dealing with women with disabilities.

Youth Arts and Advocacy Project (Arts Challenge Against Racism), 1998
TRCF funds were used to bring together community activists, experienced and socially-concerned artists, and young artists in a series of interactive workshops realizing the powerful connection between advocacy and art and activism.  Young artists will work with established artists who have brought their artistic vision to bear on crucial social issues.  The goal of the workshops is to develop creative ways of addressing contemporary issues.

YouthBuild Pittsburgh Alumni Association, 2000
Graduates of YouthBuild provide mentoring, literacy training and recreational activities to young children in Homewood Brushton and surrounding communities. Funds will support the female mentoring program.

YWCA Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training, 2002
The Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training hosts the annual Sister-to-Sister conference, which brings together a racially and economically diverse group of women for a day-long dialogue about racism.  TRCF funds were used to support scholarships for low-income participants.

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