Educational Institutions

NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive)

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.needld.org

Mission Statement

NEED is a college and career access program offering programs and services designed to help our region's underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income youth aspire to, learn about, prepare for and complete higher education. NEED's vision is to unlock the power of education by helping underserved youth meet their highest potential and enhance their quality of life through education, thereby strengthening the regional economy.

Main Programs

  1. Last Dollar Grants
  2. Access to College and Career Education (ACE)
  3. African American Male Mentoring Initiative (AAMMI)
  4. Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Female Mentoring Program
  5. Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Educational Tour
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1965

Principal Officer since 2012

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Dr. Marcia M. Sturdivant

Keywords

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Scholarships, College, Mentoring, Workforce, Grants, STEM

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EIN

25-6070821

 Number

2284996167

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since its inception in 1963, NEED has supported over 19,000 deserving young people by providing over $23 million in grants. Our Access to College and Career Education (ACE) program, which operated in 10 high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools as well as Imani Christian Academy and Wilkinsburg High School during the 2012-2013 academic year, provided college and career access services to nearly 5,000 students. Our 7th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour gave 46 students the opportunity to visit and tour 10 HBCU's as well as several sites of powerful historical significance during the Spring of 2013. NEED's African American Male Mentoring Initiative (AAMMI) completed another successful year of providing mentoring and advising both one-on-one and on a group basis to 135 young African American males at 8 different school-based sites within the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The AAMMI program has proved successful in effectively addressing its core goal, which is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential. This year marked the second year of NEED's Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Program, after a successful pilot year last year. 8 of the 10 sixth grade students from last year returned as seventh graders for this year's program. The STEM program ended with a wonderful finale on June 29, 2013.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Last Dollar Grants

NEED's flagship program awards nearly one million dollars a year to eligible students in order to fill the gaps when all local, state, and federal college funding sources have been exhausted. Many of the students receiving Last Dollar Grants are first-generational, low income, at-risk students.

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Program 2

Access to College and Career Education (ACE)

NEED ACE advisors work with high school students to help them learn about career options, explore and apply to post-secondary school, research and apply for scholarships, and much more. This program acts in a role as a valuable supplement to the hard work of guidance counselors, principals, and administrators.

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Program 3

African American Male Mentoring Initiative (AAMMI)

The AAMMI, funded by the Heinz Endowments, provides mentoring to young males on a group basis at eight school-based sites throughout the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The mission of this program is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential.

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Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Female Mentoring Program

The STEM female mentoring program is designed specifically to encourage and promote more African American females to enter STEM fields as a career path. The program kicked off with a pilot class of 10 sixth graders in January of 2012 and 8 of these 10 students returned as seventh graders for the second year of the program in 2013. This program presents hands-on activities, experiments, and field trips in order to generate excitement and interest in STEM.

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Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Educational Tour

This annual event takes a group of male and female 10th and 11th grade students on a 10 day bus tour that visits 10 to 15 HBCU's along the east coast. Students also are provided the opportunity to visit and explore sites of historical significance including Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birth Home, The National Underground Freedom Center, The International Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, and The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

The average Unmet Need of a NEED recipient is $5,350. The average NEED scholarship is $1,800. While almost 800 qualified applicants apply to the NEED Grant program annually, we are forced to turn away 26.5% of these students due to a lack of funds. Our organization relies on the valuable support of foundations, corporations, civic and social groups, and individuals who allow us to continue providing access to college and career services to this region's underrepresented youth. As we celebrate the 50 years of support that NEED has provided to the youth of the Pittsburgh region, now is a significant time to consider giving back to NEED.

Affiliations + Memberships

National College Access Network

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NEGRO EDUCATIONAL EMERGENCY DRIVE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Marcia M. Sturdivant

BIO

Prior to her appointment to NEED, Dr. Marcia M. Sturdivant served as the Deputy Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and Administrator of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. Marcia received her doctorate in Educational and Developmental Psychology from University of Pittsburgh, where she is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work, and a Master's Degree in Criminology/Correctional Science from the University of Detroit. Dr. Sturdivant is an Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Point Park, where she received her undergraduate education. President of the Black Child Development Institute-Pittsburgh Affiliate, Dr. Sturdivant lectures extensively on a local and national level. A recognized leader in the field of child welfare, education, and developmental psychology, Dr. Sturdivant has been a repeated participant and research panelist of the Oxford University Educational Roundtable. She serves on several boards including The Urban League of Pittsburgh, The PA Statewide Adoption Council, The PA Joint State Government Commission on Services to Children and Youth and The American Association of Family Group Decision Making. Dr. Sturdivant's work has been highlighted in several local publications and she is a contributing author of the National Association of African American Studies Monograph Series. Dr. Sturdivant is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 National Association of Black Administrators in Child Welfare Valeria Bullard Award, Three Rivers Youth 2005 Nellie Award, the Urban League of Pittsburgh's 2009 Ron Brown Civic Award, and the 2009 Josh Gibson Civil Service Award. A woman of faith, Dr. Sturdivant directs the Children's Church and Children's Choir at Nazarene Baptist Church. Dr. Sturdivant is married to Larry Anderson, Sr. and is the proud mother of two sons, Larry Jr. and Marshall.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Candi Castleberry-Singleton

UPMC Center for Inclusion

Term: July 2012 - June 2014

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