Our Signature Programs

Amplify Your Voice Advocacy Training Bootcamp

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Black women should be trusted as experts and centered in policy. If the Greater Pittsburgh region is to become a more livable city for Black women, it is time that we are heard and not just seen. There is power in our collective voices! The BWPA Amplify Your Voice is an annual five-week Advocacy Training Bootcamp for Black women. Why Black women? Because our voices have been silenced and many of us feel invisible. Our mission is to transform the Greater Pittsburgh region to a region where Black women are merely surviving to a place where we are thriving.

 

This bootcamp is meant to empower and educate, as well as give Black women the tools and tips they need to be confident, effective voices in our communities and beyond. A small cohort of women are selected to participate and provided with technology and a stipend to support their participation.

 

black women policy agenda

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The mission of the Black Women’s Policy Agenda is to center Black women in policy while shaping and changing administrative and legislative policy on a local, state and federal level through storytelling, research, analysis and advocacy.

 

The problems Black women in the Greater Pittsburgh region face are too complex and influenced by multiple factors for any one entity to address. We believe a Collective Impact Model is the best approach because it involves a group of participants from different sectors committing to a common agenda for solving the specific problems Black women face in this region. The goal is to shift our systems change work to focus on the intersectionality of gender and race and transform this region to a place where Black women can THRIVE!

 

Black women should be centered in policy and trusted as experts of their own experience. We are building an agenda with the strategy to mobilize the community of Black women for real change.

 

one on one advocacy 

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Life can be challenging at times and there are times when we all need some support. However, sometimes trying to navigate systems and community-based programs for support can be extremely overwhelming and time-consuming. Services and programs in Allegheny County are very siloed which makes them difficult to access. We understand that and we want to break down some of those silos. We can educate you about what benefits you and your family may be eligible for as well as make sure you know your rights. We can advocate on your behalf to ensure that you have access to these programs and benefits.

 

The BWPC can assist with applying for public benefits to supplement your household income and connect you to other resources you and your family may need. Let us be your advocate!

 
 

one voice, One agenda podcast

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Long before Pittsburgh garnered the title as one of the worst places for Black women to live, Black women called out racial and gender inequities on the job, in their communities, in their children’s schools, in healthcare systems and anywhere they endured racism. But no matter how loud they raised their voices, their words often fell on deaf ears of people in positions of power. If Pittsburgh is serious about dismantling white supremacy, it must listen to Black women. Women who stand at the intersection of race and gender. Women who both suffer from oppression and rise to challenge unfair systems.

 

Listen to Black Women – Our Voices, Our Agenda will provide a platform that centers and amplifies the voices of Black women--all women across all identities. Women who know what it's like to be culturally silenced. The podcast will serve as a bold voice for policy and practice changes that improve the lives of Black women in the Greater Pittsburgh region. We will build a platform that ensures that our voices are heard and propelled to the center of policy discussions. We will raise awareness about issues impacting Black women and the policy solutions to help achieve racial and gender justice. And lastly, we will meet some phenomenal local Black women with some amazing stories and experiences.

 

Life Skills training 

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Life skills are not taught in school, but these skills are necessary. Life skills take time to cultivate but development and understanding that there is always room for improvement to be our best self. Life skills are skills required to manage the activities and challenges of everyday life. Mastering and developing these skills can improve all areas of your life from work to relationships. They will allow you to handle almost everything better. Some of these skills include:

 

  • Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Decision-making

  • Problem-solving

  • Critical thinking

  • Self-awareness

  • Assertiveness

  • Resilience

  • Employability skills

  • Leadership skills

  • Time management

  • Organizing skills

  • Anger management

  • Parenting skills

  • Basic budgeting

 

Life coaching/mentoring

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The BWPC wants to see you be the best you can be and accomplish all that you were created for. Our life coaches will help you maximize your full potential. We will be your support and trusted adviser in one. We will work with you on setting goals and hold you accountable for taking the steps necessary to achieving your goals. We will be your personal cheerleader, encouraging you along the way!

 

General Support 

for single and grieving moms

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The BWPC understands the unique challenges single mothers face as well the void left behind when a child is lost to violence. We want to create a community of support and build relationships with others who can empathize with what you are going through. We will connect you to counseling and therapy when appropriate as well as other supportive services.