Join us May 9th for Dinner and Discussion: Creating a Community Education Council ​

You are invited to join us for dinner and discussion around what resources are needed to better advocate for the youth. This community dialogue is instrumental to the planning of a community education council in the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. UrbanKind joined the efforts of Shadow Student Athlete Development Services and Duquesne University, School of Education. The first meeting will take place at St. Paul AME Church, 400 Orchard Place Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Dinner starts at 5:30pm, discussion promptly begins at 6:30pm. Childcare will be provided. R.S.V.P your attendance to 

Report Examines Challenges Pittsburgh Faces in Attracting, Retaining Young Black Professionals

​From the February 16th Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Tayler Clemm, 23, is the kind of ambitious young black person an informal coalition of groups has begun working to keep in Pittsburgh, unlike so many African-American predecessors and peers who sought better opportunities elsewhere." Click here to view the full article.

Race in Pittsburgh: Educational Equity

Remaking in the Hilltop 

For the 2nd year in a row, UrbanKind is the Neighborhood Navigator for the Hilltop Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days is a chance to connect folks to a larger network of youth service providers in the South Hilltop neighborhoods. Between May 15th and May 23rd experience student films, new technology, arts workshops, outdoor learning and more!

For more details and a list of events in the Hilltop, please visit

​​My Brothers Keeper Report Now Available 

In November 2016, UrbanKind wrapped up our discussion series with young men and service providers. The series was a great success! Our report describes the engagement process and the young men's recommendations on  how to improve youth programming. The report is complete and now available here.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on tough decision facing many in the region's African-American community: Leave or Languish.

From the Post-Gazette: "Since the 1960s — even earlier than for other Northern cities — more blacks have been leaving Pittsburgh than arriving in it. The region’s black population has not declined like the number of whites, due to African-Americans’ higher birth rates, but their negative exchange rate has shown up in data for five straight decades. The expatriates’ focus has been the New South, which spans the triangle from the nation’s capital to Florida and Texas, with Atlanta in-between long dubbed the “black mecca.” For the full report, click here.


On April 20th, UrbanKind Institute Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst Dr. Jason Beery spoke at the Green Building Alliance's Inspire Speaker Series. Planetwalker Dr. John Francis delivered the keynote lecture followed by a panel discussion featuring: Dr. Beery;  Kalif Ali, Director of Public Policy at The Pittsburgh Foundation; Joan Haley, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program; and Evaine Sing, Executive Director of GTECH. Echoing Dr. Francis, Dr. Beery emphasized the need to examine all issues as interconnected - that environmental justice cannot be separated from social and economic justice.

Dr. Bey speaks on Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's panel "Press Forward: A Community Conversation About Media Coverage of Neighborhoods of Color" 

UrbanKind Executive Director Dr. Jamil Bey spoke on a panel as part of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's (PBMF) Media Diversity Series on Monday, April 17th. Hosted by  PBMF Diversity Study Committee Chair Letrell Crittenden, panelists included:

UrbanKind lead Leadership Pittsburgh participants on a tour of Knoxville & Beltzhoover

On April 6th, UrbanKind led nine Leadership Pittsburgh participants on a tour of Knoxville and Beltzhoover followed by a discussion about the neighborhoods' challenges and residents' hopes for the future.

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Fred Brown, President and CEO of Homewood Children’s Village, was joined by Dr. Jamil Bey, Executive Director of  UrbanKind Institute, Pittsburgh, Dr. James Huguley, Asst. Professor, Univ. of Pittsburgh Social Work and Dr. Lori A. Delale-O’Connor, Associate Director of Research and Development, Univ. of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education to explore the topic of educational equity in Pittsburgh. The panel was moderated by Michelle King, a teacher of Cultural Literacy at the Environmental Charter School in Regent Square.

p4 Pittsburgh

​UrbanKind Institute played a main role in the City of Pittsburgh and Heinz Endowments'  p4 Conference ( The conference aimed to develop a model for urban growth that is "innovative, inclusive, and sustainable." Dr. Bey led several sessions and extended the conversations from UrbanKind's Friday Forum discussions held earlier this year to the conference participants. Dr. Bey and Dr. Beery also helped the conference facilitators prepare for the breakout discussion sessions. As always, UrbanKind will continue to advocate for a Pittsburgh that works for all of its residents. Our background guides for the discussion sessions are available on our Publications page.

  • ​Jamil Bey, Director of the UrbanKind Institute
  • Brandi Fisher, President of the Alliance for Police Accountability
  • Gina Garcia, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tresa Murphy Green, community activist, organizer, artist and co-founder of Black Femme Excellence Co.
  • Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Center of Life and pastor of the Keystone Church of Hazelwood
  • Sarah Huny Young, creative director of Supreme Clientele Design Agency, visual artist and photographer

Activating Agents of Change

Remake Learning recently interviewed Dr. Jamil Bey about the My Brother's Keeper process. Click here to read the full interview.

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Dr. Bey speaks about educational equity on WQED's THINK! Equity & Opportunity Panel​

On Thursday, April 6th, UrbanKind Executive Director Dr. Jamil Bey spoke on a televised panel discussion on WQED. He highlighted some of the inequities in our education system and the difficulties in remedying them. Watch the program here (Dr. Bey's portion begins at around 45 minutes).

Urban Ideas Worth Stealing Conference 

On May 10th, Dr. Bey will present on a panel at the 2nd annual Urban Ideas Worth Stealing conference at the The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA! He will speak on how gentrification impacts communities. Stay tuned for opportunities for live broadcasting. Click here for conference information.

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Tayler Clemm preparing to speak at the African American Neighborhoods of Choice Report release event

UrbanKind hosts Situating Beauty: An Interactive Community Workshop with Tonya Foster

March 3, 2017

UrbanKind Institute partnered with the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics to host an interactive community workshop with Tonya Foster. During this workshop, Ms. Foster guided approximately 25 participants from across the city in poetry activities focused beauty, place, and being. Dr. Bey cooked up some delicious split pea soup and four different flavors of hummus for the participants to enjoy. Following the great success of this event, UrbanKind intends to hold more arts and culture workshops in the future!

Dr. Beery speaks at April's Inspire Speaker Series event: Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement with Dr. John Francis

African American Neighborhoods of Choice research group releases its report: Neighborhood Attraction Factors Impacting the Young Professional African American Population in the  City of Pittsburgh

On February 15th at 8am, UrbanKind's Jamil Bey and other African-American Neighborhoods of Choice (AANC) researchers reported the findings of their recent work. Their study investigated why African-American millennials are leaving Pittsburgh, what various “push and pull factors” of those who stay and those who leave are, and what the desirable characteristics of neighborhoods are that would make African-Americans who have a choice in where they live decide to live there. The meeting was held at the Kaufman Center in the Hill District. The meeting was open to the public. The report is available here: or follow them on facebook