OFFICERS—Urban League Young Professional officers Eugene Williams, Allyce Pinchback, Marisia Bartley and Cassandra Tyree all committed to care.



Members of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh combined fun and a desire to help the region’s young people. The Commit to Care Soiree was held to raise awareness of the importance of service to youth and challenges attendees to dedicate time to a child.


The Commit to Care Soiree was held June 14, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture to encourage attendees to give at least one hour to a child within 30 days of the soiree. Through this event, they hoped to collect a minimum of 500 hours of commitments to Pittsburgh youth. Proceeds from the event will benefit ULYP’s “Bridging the Gap” mentoring program. ULYP-GP President Marisa Bartley states, “We wanted to ensure our fundraiser this year had a direct correlation to our collective efforts focused on our children. They need our time and they need to see our talents, because they are our treasure! Let’s continue to “be the change” in our children’s world.”


GIVING THEIR SUPPORT—Allegra Johnson, from Munhall, and Jameel Bennett, from Greenfield, supported the Urban League’s  event for mentoring.


The Commit to Care Soiree is a collaborative effort of the Urban League affiliate and the young professionals. Urban League President Esther Bush has put an emphasis on increasing mentorship opportunities for Pittsburgh’s African-American youth through the African American Achievement Trust initiative. In response, the Young Professionals created the “Bridging the Gap” program focused on developing soft skills in the 9th and 10th grade students who participate in Urban League activities.

Sponsors of the soiree included Comcast, Citizen’s Bank, Yamean Studios and Enterprise.

(For more details on the Commit to Care Soiree, please contact Marisa Bartley by email at or by phone at 724-307-8597.)


THE COMMITTEE from left: Rebeckah Sharpe, Mecca Gamble, Marisia Bartley, Cassandra Tyree and Tremaine Wills.




CMU SHOWS SUPPORT—Students from CMU, who are part of the program “Remaking the Institute,”  showed up to support the Urban League Young Professionals’ Commit to Care mentoring for children event.



WHERE ARE THE FELLOWS? Ladies on the dance floor having fun as the Urban League raises money and awareness to help mentor children. (Photos by J.L. Martello)




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