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Serving Youth & Families Since 1880
Serving Youth & Families Since 1880

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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.

About Three Rivers Youth

Three Rivers Youth is an independent not-for-profit child welfare agency advancing a mission of support, advocacy and success to benefit abused, neglected, troubled, homeless, and runaway youth. Three Rivers Youth traces its origins to the day in 1880 when a Pittsburgh preacher could not find a shelter, orphanage, or alms house to take in “Nellie,” a 4-year old girl he found wandering the streets in a neighborhood that today is located in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Established as the Home for Colored Children, TRY is the second oldest organization in the US providing foster care and related services for adolescent children of color.

Today, Three Rivers Youth promotes evidence–based best practices and benchmarks outcomes. Our professional staff, working in six different facilities located in Allegheny and Washington Counties, provides innovative programming and services for highly vulnerable youth and their families, including:
• Comprehensive individualized programs and services to youth in group home settings;
• Community based and in-home services;
• Family counseling;
• Emergency shelter for court-referred, and homeless and runaway youth;
• Educational support services that promote high school graduation, careers, and higher education.

Three Rivers Youth proudly advances a commitment to aid vulnerable youth and families while boasting a distinguished record of leadership in parent engagement and family services with achievements acknowledged at local, state, and national levels. Excellence in management and service delivery is further evidenced by an extensive portfolio of contracts with city, county, state, and federal agencies. We are one of only 12 agencies in Allegheny County accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Services to Children and Families (COA), operating as a COA-accredited agency for over 20 years and for more than 50 years as a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare-licensed organization. For half a century, we have distinguished ourselves as a United Way high-performing partner agency exemplifying the United Way’s commitment to financial integrity and operational accountability.

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Contact Three Rivers Youth to order your hard cover copy of “Child Care in Black and White”... or 412-441-5020 ext. 218.
From Colored Orphans to Youth Development - (The 125-Year History of Three Rivers Youth 1880-2005) - "A Publication of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Public Affairs

“From Colored Orphans to Youth Development - The 125-Year History of Three Rivers Youth 1880-2005” - A Publication of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Public Affairs

           Reinvention_2006-10_Booklet_Cover “Reinvention”, published with the support of the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Relations and Department of History, celebrates Three Rivers Youth’s 130th Anniversary, the relocation of its administrative offices from Pittsburgh’s North Side to the East End, renewed commitment to innovative programs, enhancing services and building new partnerships.
book2 “Child Care in Black and White: a History of Orphanages in Pittsburgh,” by Jessie B. Ramey. Published by the Working Class in American History Series, University of Illinois Press, 2012