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Community Advocacy

Unity is essential to having strong vibrant communities. However, restricting resources, creating boundaries by neighborhood, or engaging in actions that do not foster or strengthen partnership or collaboration within the community can be detrimental.


Westside C.A.R.E.E.S.
Communities Actively Reshaping Engagement And Safety

West End P.O.W.E.R. and the Pitt School of Social Work are collaborating on a project to co-create safe spaces, rekindle community connections and relationships, and strengthen supports for young people who are the future of our community. During the first phase of our project we are surveying adult residents in the West Side City neighborhoods about their engagement and connections in the neighborhood, perceptions of and exposure to neighborhood violence, their mental health, and norms and values related to violence prevention.

Questions? Concerns? Contact us:

Mary Ohmer, MSW, PhD, Associate
Professor, Pitt School of Social Work:; or Donnell Pearl,
Community Researcher:

Terri Minor Spencer, Founder & President of  West End P.O.W.E.R.

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Community Partnership Data Collection

West End P.O.W.E.R. and the Black Equity Coalition are in partnership to gather information surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. Focusing on how it adversely effectived Black Americans across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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