The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Brothers and Sisters Emerging (BASE)

Brothers and Sisters Emerging (BASE)

In January 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation announced an award of $15,000 to Brother and Sisters Emerging (BASE). BASE began as a youth football and cheerleading program and has now grown to a full-year program that includes an after-school program, summer camps and mentoring. BASE primarily serves African American young people in East End neighborhoods and has aimed to provide employment readiness and academic success for participants since 2008.

The grant will help the organization expand two new initiatives: a digital literacy program for young men ages 16 to 24 focused on interviewing and computer skills and a post-secondary and career preparatory program for youth ages 12 to 18.

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. BASE has an annual operating budget of $367,700.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $879,000 in grants to 40 organizations.

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