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.
Della Watson Binion has been employed by Pittsburgh Public Schools as a Pennsylvania State Certified Biology Teacher since 2007 when she relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. with her husband, and son. In this capacity, she has served as a Long-term Certified Substitute, Secondary Education Science Teacher. Also, Della holds State Biology, Earth Science, General Science Certificates in Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee and Virginia. Prior to the family move to Pittsburgh, Della retired from the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District, where she served as an ESL (English Second Language) High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher as a contract teacher. Della comes to Pittsburgh with over 20 years of secondary science experience in urban school districts around the country, which included Hopewell, VA Public Schools, Richmond Virginia Public Schools, Nashville-Davidson County, TN Public Schools, Kansas City, KS Public Schools, Hickman Mills Public Schools and Kansas City, MO Public Schools.
Della has a Master Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University with a concentration in Management and Supervision and a B.S. Degree in Biology from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri and a Teacher Certification B.S. Degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
As an experienced biology teacher, Della is known as an innovative, knowledgeable teacher with the ability to motivate and teach in urban environments. She brings to the table a wealth of expertise, best- practices that school and students can benefit from. Her background is diverse and well- traveled because her military experiences have provided a diversity of cultures with each duty station (moving every three years) around the world until her husband’s military retirement. Her background also includes grant writing, federal government work and Pittsburgh Team Leader for the Obama Presidential Campaign (2008 and 2012) and The Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign (2016).