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Allegheny Youth Development is a faith-based organization on Pittsburgh’s North Side that teaches highly at-risk boys and young men personal responsibility to break the cycle of poverty, despair and dependency.  AYD targets boys who are ... More ...

Allegheny Youth Development is a faith-based organization on Pittsburgh’s North Side that teaches highly at-risk boys and young men personal responsibility to break the cycle of poverty, despair and dependency. 43% of African American males in Pittsburgh do not graduate high school. AYD targets boys who are statistically predicted for failure, dropping out of school, unemployment, crime – basically, a lifetime of dependence on others.  But instead, through AYD’s afterschool program mix of academic assistance and self-control development, they are beating those odds.  They’re graduating from high school on time and heading down paths toward self-sufficiency, whether through college, military service or career training.

A few statistics tell the story of our success:

  • year after enrolling in AYD, almost all our boys are back on track academically.
  • 86% of AYD members stay active in our programs until they graduate.
  • 96% of AYD members graduate on time.
  • 92% of AYD alumni are working or full-time students two years after graduation.

AYD’s core afterschool program operates in partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools at two North Side school sites. Each week, AYD provides 20 to 25 hours of direct program service, including academic assistance, tutoring, homework help, and an array of free-elective athletic and recreation classes that are designed to build self-control skills.

Related AYD initiatives, especially our popular AYD Judo program, reach out to at-risk students at public and charter sites across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

More than 200 students participate in AYD each year.

Right now, AYD is seeking financial assistance to sustain our program at Schiller Middle School, and expand our program for older boys at Morrow K-8 School.  Our $296,000 annual budget is stretched tight; donations of any amount will make an immediate impact:

  • $5000 will support the direct program costs of one site for an entire semester.
  • $1000 will cover our hourly staff’s wages for an entire week.
  • $100 will pay for a tank of gas for our vans to pick up students for three days.
  • $25 will buy 10 meals in our hot supper program.

You can learn more about AYD by visiting our website, www.ayd.org, or liking us on Facebook at facebook.ayd.org.

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