The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: 1Nation

1Nation provides programs for African American males at Brashear High School with the goal of interrupting the school to prison pipeline.

In January 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation announced an award of $15,000 to 1Nation, which works with Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide holistic support to students and their families. Since its inception in 2015, 1Nation has worked with more than 200 young people. It uses mentorship to encourage youth to develop positive relationships with other students and adults in their lives. Working mostly at Brashear High School, the nonprofit’s focus is on providing guidance to Black boys and addressing systemic disciplinary challenges. The Small and Mighty grant will help the organization create a sustainability plan with the continued assistance of The Forbes Fund, putting together a resource guide for students and families, and strengthening partnerships with other schools in the district.

In January 2018, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $13,000 to 1Nation. The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, awarded $308,821 in 2018 to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000.

This organization provides programs for African American males at Brashear High School with the goal of interrupting the school to prison pipeline. Students receive 45-minute life training sessions Monday through Friday focusing on de-escalating conflicts, making positive life choices and building positive relationships with authority figures such as teachers and administrators. Outside of school, 1 Nation Mentoring works with parents, students and community organizations to produce positive neighborhood events.

The initial grant was used to focus on 15 African American students and develop a data-driven model for service delivery. 1Nation has an annual operating budget of $82,000.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. This third round of grants brings the total awarded through the Small and Mighty program since its inception in 2016 to $879,000.  

To learn more about 1Nation, visit their Facebook page.

Read about the Small and Mighty initiative