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.

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

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

Winter 2017 News

Race in Pittsburgh: Educational Equity

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.

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.

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!

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.