The Challenge is Steep, But Not Insurmountable.
According to a 2018 Pittsburgh Foundation study, youth, ages 12 to 24, are more vulnerable to diminished prospects from living in poverty conditions, including having a higher risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. In 2018 alone, more than 3,000 juveniles were funneled through the Allegheny County court system. Of that figure, more than 75% of the youth were black or identified as another minority category. The 2019 City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission report found that young black males are 42 times more likely than their white counterparts to be murdered.
To combat oppressive social issues and optimize quality of life for the youth in and around the city of Pittsburgh, AD99 Solutions Foundation was founded. The Foundation’s mission is to change the trajectory of Pittsburgh's youth by providing athletic and academic resources and opportunities not available in their home or school.