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APRI works to build a world where minorities, the poor and working people make family sustaining wages and are fully included in our nation’s democracy.

BTCP Program

Breaking the Chains of Poverty • A Career Training program • Family-sustaining wages • Education, Mentoring and Skills Building • Trades/Crafts Union careers •

Voter Education Center

• Information sharing • Influencing public policy • Impacting quality of life •

Career Training

• Careers in union trades, crafts and manufacturing • Minorities, women and previously incarcerated • 18 year old minimum age • Must be drug free •

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

Kemper Nova credits Breaking the Chains of Poverty with sharpening his diligence and drive to succeed in a family-sustaining career. Kemper came to the program with a college education and strong work experience; however, life choices complicated his ability to maintain employment. He shares that the program's high standards of accountability enhanced his work performance and job skills leading him to earning an apprenticeship at the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union.

Kemper Nova

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

Our Partnerships for Success

The United Steelworkers and other partners support the work that we do. We work closely with with other unions as well as employers, organizations, governments, and companies.