The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh was founded in 1918 with the shared National Urban League mission of enabling African-Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.

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Urban Youth Empowerment Program

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Urban Youth Empowerment Program

The Urban Youth Empowerment Program helps young adults who have been involved in the juvenile justice system develop skills and find jobs through a combination of service-learning projects, education and career development activities.  The program enables urban youth to enter vocational, educational and employment occupations.  With an intensive, multi-faceted approach, UYEP presents young people with clear pathways and achievable goals to maintain positive goals for the future.


Participants will receive a comprehensive array of services delivered by experienced, dedicated Urban League staff and partners, including:

  • Hands-on work experience with service-learning projects;
  • GED instruction, study material, and test voucher;
  • Job placement assistance and personalized financial planning services;
  • Access to legal advisers, mentors and tutors;
  • Cash awards for obtaining a GED, an industry recognized certificate and for staying on the job for 30 days;


The Urban Youth Empowerment Program is open and free of charge to young adults who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Are between 18 and 21 years of age
  • Were involved in the juvenile justice system at the age of 14 or above, including individuals who were:
    • Under the supervision of the juvenile justice system in either out-of-home placements or on probation or parole;
    • Under an alternative sentence;
    • In a diversion program as an alternative to prosecution;
  • Have achieved a minimum TABE score of 8th grade in English and Math;
  • Have never been convicted as an adult under Federal or State law;
  • Demonstrates an interest in UYEP activities.

Participant Requirements

Participants are required to enroll in the program on a full-time basis.  This requires attendance of a minimum of 32 hours per week for 6 to 8 months.  Eligible youth participate in a Service Learning Project to give back to their home community.  Each participant will receive a schedule that is tailored to his or her specific interests and career or educational goals.

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For more information, please contact the Employment & Training Department at
(412) 227-4172 or