Saturday, May 24, 2008

Episode 60, Pittsburgh Helping Hands, Working with Pittsburgh Youth, THREE RIVERS YOUTH

Episode 60 of Positively Pittsburgh Live is part of the April editorial calendar for Pittsburgh Helping Hands. This Episode hi-lights three organizations that work with Pittsburgh Youth. There are so many show notes about each organization that I decided to do separate blogs about all of them. This portion of the blog is hilights, Three Rivers Youth.

You can listen to the archived version of the show at:

The other two guests: Carol Carmichael, Miracles for Marissa
Toni Felice: The Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Peggy B. Harris, MPA
Three Rivers Youth

Peggy Harris has enjoyed a twenty five year career in the nonprofit sector. Ms Harris’s entrée into this field as Director of Financial Management Services at the Community Technical Assistance Center in Pittsburgh provided her a forum to develop the fiduciary roles of area nonprofits. For over a decade, Ms. Harris designed and marketed financial management services to non- profit board and staff. Vice President of Programs when for the Spectrum Family Network. Prior to her entrée in the nonprofit sector, Ms Harris worked for both the FBI (Washington, DC) and Carnegie Mellon University in human resources .

Today, Ms Harris is the President &CEO of Three Rivers Youth, the historically oldest provider of services to abused and neglected African American youth in Western Pennsylvania.
As President &CEO, Ms Harris has helped to re-position the organization as a leader in innovative and model programs (serving at risk youth and their families),

strengthen its financial capacity and through best practices become a preferred employer through investment in employee recognition programs and designed a system to measure the impact of its programs.

Under Ms Harris’ leadership, the organization has set up a scholarship fund for continuing education of at risk youth aging out of the child welfare system and
in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office Of Public Affairs, published the 125 Year History of Three Rivers Youth.

In 2002, the Forbes Fund recognized the organization with an Honorable Mention Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Today, Ms Harris is determined on creating enhanced opportunities for educational achievement of at risk youth through the execution of Strategy 2010 which will also impact organizational capacity and sustainability.


Ms Harris has an impressive volunteer background which is reflected in her work in many diverse board leadership roles including Past President of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Past President of Greater Commission For Women, Past President of Miryam’s (Women’s Shelter), Past Treasurer of the YWCA of the USA & Ex Officio on Board of Trustees of YWCA of the USA, Past President of Jack and Jill of America (Pittsburgh Chapter) and recent past Treasurer of 3 Rivers Connect. Ms Harris was a founding member of the Allegheny County Outcomes Collaborative, a public private partnership designed to enhance accountability in human service delivery.
Ms Harris served as co-chair of a subcommittee of the inaugural DiverseCity Festival Pittsburgh in the summer of 2007 and continues to serve on the YWCA’s Tribute to Women committee.
Currently, Ms Harris serves as a board member of the United Way of Allegheny County where she serves on the Audit and Impact Fund Committee. Ms Harris is the Convener of the Forum of United Way Executives. Ms Harris also serves on the board of Boys and Girls Club of Western Pa. Ms Harris also serves on the board of PACE where she chairs the Fundraising Committee. Ms Harris is also Vice President of Ivy Charitable Endowment, an affiliate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she is a member. Ms Harris also serves on the Advisory Board of the Johnson Institute of the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (University of Pittsburgh).

In March 2006, Ms Harris received a Trailblazer Award for her leadership in human services. . In August 2006 Ms Harris was recognized as One of the 50 Women of Influence by the New Pittsburgh Courier

Peggy B. Harris,
Three Rivers Youth
2039 Termon Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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