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Serving Youth & Families Since 1880
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Eventbrite - 2017 Nellie Leadership Awards Gala

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Mission & Vision

To be a leader in innovative and model programs, providing excellent, comprehensive services for at-risk youth and their families.


Three Rivers Youth preserves and unites families, combats homelessness, enhances educational opportunities and builds life skills for at-risk youth.
"In The Spotlight Blog"
Three Rivers Youth’s latest blog was developed by and about transitioning youth. Hosted by the Heinz Endowments’ In the Spotlight series, the blog features first person perspectives on growing up in the child welfare system. Four young people share their experiences...

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If you are former Three Rivers Youth client, worker, or contributor …kindly contact us, share your experience, and join the celebration. We need you in order to build a caring community of people with first person experiences helping homeless and hurting youth, and struggling families, survive adversity and thrive. Contact Three Rivers Youth to, send a message, upload an image or become a foster parent.

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From Almshouses to Excellence
A History of Child Welfare in Allegheny County

“For 50 years, Allegheny County government has been responsible for providing public child welfare services for the residents of Allegheny County. To commemorate this significant anniversary, a publication was commissioned by the Department of Human Services to chronicle the history of child welfare in the county. This publication describes the evolution of child welfare in Allegheny County, from the almshouses and orphanages of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the reforms of the 20th century, to the current emphasis on integrated services that focus on family strength and permanency for children.”

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 2016 Nellie Awards Gala In Pictures

Charlie Batch and Latasha Wilson-Batch Headed Three Rivers Youth 2016 Nellie Leadership Awards Gala to Aid Neediest of Youth and Families


"A Stroll Through a Garden of Hope " Was Theme of Annual Fundraiser Honoring Mothers Who Make a Difference


Retired Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Charlie Batch and his wife Latasha were  co-chairs of the 2016 Nellie Leadership Awards Gala. Three mothers, along with home improvement retailer Lowe's, were recognized on May 6, 2016, at the Twentieth Century Club, as America kicked off Mother's Day weekend. The black-tie preferred event was attended by more than 200 sponsors, friends, members of the board, clients, former clients, community supporters, and staff.


Sylvia Fields, executive director of the Eden-Hall Foundation; Kathy Humphrey, senior vice chancellor for Engagement and chief of staff at the University of Pittsburgh; and U.S. Army veteran Katie "Peachie" Wimbush-Polk were honored for their leadership as mothers who make a difference in Western Pennsylvania. 


Lowe's was honored for its Neighborhood Heroes Program, which contributed thousands of local staff-volunteer hours and in-kind material to renovate Three Rivers Youth residential facilities in 2015. 


The festive occasion, with a "Stroll Through a Garden of Hope" theme in the beautiful Oakland club, was generously supported by major sponsors EQT, Gateway Health, Highmark, HM Insurance Group, University of Pittsburgh, and UPM.


Three Rivers Youth was founded in 1880 as the Home for Colored Children in Allegheny City, today's North Side. The first resident, orphaned Nellie Grant, was unable to enroll in area orphanages of the day because she was African American.


In 1970 the then-Termon Ave. Home merged with Oakland's Girls Service Club to form Three Rivers Youth. Serving youth and families without regard to race, Three Rivers Youth today helps more than 2,000 people annually. They are provided a continuum of services to stabilize and unify children and their support systems in safe and healthy neighborhoods.