East Liberty nonprofit Youth Enrichment Services Named 2019 Champion in Action
“Trib Total Media recognizes the power of the mentorship provided to young people in the Pittsburgh region by Youth Enrichment Services.”
— Jennifer Bertetto, Trib Total Media President and CEO
By Courier Editor, March 4, 2019
The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a nonprofit providing socially and economically at-risk youth the opportunity to achieve success through participation in mentorship, education and enrichment programs, has been named a 2019 Champion in Action in the category of Youth Leadership. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank, WPXI-TV, Trib Total Media and Pittsburgh Cares, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work, according to a release.
Youth Enrichment Services (YES) provides empowerment, experiential opportunities, academic enrichment and summer employment as positive pathways to future success. YES partners with local organizations to create synergy and generates transformative stories, national accolades and positive research outcomes.
ANAY POPE (she, her, hers)
Manager of Workforce and Post-Secondary Programming
Anay Pope was raised in Braddock, PA and is a former student of Woodland Hills High School. She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and in Special Education with a concentration in Urban Education and a minor in Educational Psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in Higher Education with a Student Affairs emphasis from Penn State - University Park where she completed research on student engagement, experiential learning, and prison and university socialization. Through this work, she has co-created programs focusing on social justice, education, empowerment, community action, and networking. Additionally, Anay has worked as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, Graduate Assistant of Social Justice and Diversity, Director of a local daycare and direct care service entity for individuals aging, at-risk, and recovering. Prior to coming to YES, she was the Director of Social Services for a Skilled Nursing Facility. At YES, Anay is an innovative thought leader who leverages her unique educational and employment experiences to design, direct, monitor, and evaluate YES programs, frameworks, and curriculum.