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APRI, Pittsburgh Services

We offer essential services to the community

BTCP Program

"Breaking the Chains of Poverty" is a career training program administered by the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s Pittsburgh Chapter and facilitated in partnership with United Steelworkers. The goal is to promote living wage jobs and union membership for the minority community.

Voter Education Center

The Voter Education Center conducts a multi-phased program designed to share information with Southwestern PA residents. In efforts to impact public policy discussions and of implementation changes that affect the quality of life in working class communities.

Career Training

We offer comprehensive training programs designed to prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in union trades and crafts. Minorities, women and economically disadvantaged job seekers are highly encouraged to participate.

APRI, Pittsburgh Events

Upcoming Events (Rollover for Info)

September 10th

“ACHA (Allegheny County Housing Authority) Career Event”- Hays Manor 205 Locust Street McKees Rocks, PA 15136 (11am – 2pm)

September 12th

“ACHA (Allegheny County Housing Authority) Career Event”- Hawkins Village Building 32 Rankin, PA 15104 (11am – 2pm)

September 15th

“Repair the World” Location: TBD (1pm – 5pm)

September 18th

“UPMC Career Event”- Skyline Terrace 385 Elmore St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (10am – 1pm)

Terrance Montgomery – is a Wilkinsburg native and East Allegheny High School graduate. He had background issues that were barriers to work. Breaking the Chains of Poverty provided Terrance with training in family sustaining careers that focused on his present, not his past. Terrance credits the program with reinforcing in him determination, commitment, and effort. He graduated from the program in June of 2017 with his work skills refreshed. Terrance is now employed with the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Terrance Montgomery

Heather McDonald – Heather grew up in Morgantown, WV and moved to Pittsburgh in 1999. Heather entered Breaking the Chains of Poverty unsure about her future. The program gave her a better perspective on her career goals, and she felt the curriculum taught empowered her, affirming that her original career choice suited her. BTCP mentoring and leadership reinforced her passion for the legal field. After graduation from Breaking the Chains of Poverty in 2015, Heather continued her career as a paralegal in Pittsburgh.

Heather McDonald

Tyronn King is enthusiastic, a quick study and is driven to succeed. King was referred to the BTCP program from the Labor – Management Clearinghouse. After graduating from the program in 2013, he was accepted into the International Brotherhood of Carpenters – Pile Driver’s apprenticeship. Tyronn credits the BTCP program with not only providing the technical training skills he needed to get into the construction trades but also providing the life skills needed in order to make wise and informed decisions for achieving his dreams.

Tyronn King

Charlene Jones completed her GED at Pittsburgh Connelly Trade School. A resident of public housing, Charlene credits Pittsburgh APRI for “giving me my life back.” Initially she did not meet the BTCP program entry requirements, so she utilized the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s (HCAP) internal program, built her skill sets and then reapplied to the BTCP program and was accepted. She was one of our most committed participants - always willing to take the extra step to learn and build her skills.

Charlene Jones

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Our Partnerships for Success

Our BTCP program has served more than 320 individuals and their families since its start.