The core belief of CEA is that families develop best in a community with a sense of order, positive social interaction, and opportunities supported by positive adults. It is CEA’s aim and commitment to work with individuals and families to build, foster and empower the African-American community through capitalization of indigenous support, community stakeholders, organized networks, and community education. CEA’s cultural frameworks are clearly unique to human and social service providers in the Pittsburgh region. CEA capitalizes on the powerful role that cultural influences play within African-American communities.



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  • Caring Connections to Careers
  • Construction Industry Training
  • Out of School Youth Programming
  • Job Fairs
  • Licensed After-School Partial Hospitalization
  • Mobile Therapy
  • Outpatient Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Black Family Reunion
  • Kwanzaa
  • Ancestor's Day
  • Day of Black Male Solidarity
  • Founder's Day
  • Day of Rememberance
  • Community Engagement Forums
  • Brother to Brother; Sister to Sister Leadership Forums
  • School Supply, Winter Clothing, and Emergency Relief Distributions
  • Day of Black Male Solidarity
  • Founder's Day
  • Community Healing Forums


Community Empowerment Association (CEA) was founded in 1993 in order to establish an organized, structural approach to address the specific needs of at-risk youth and families in distressed, marginalized communities. CEA's 25 year success emanated through its grassroots origins ervingresidents of nine predominantly low income undeserved communities inAllegheny County andthe City of Pittsburgh: Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Wilkinsburg, Garfield, East Hills,McKeesport, Rankin, and Braddock.

CEA's mission is to restore, reclaim and transform distressed communities through strategic planning, collaboration, advocacy, education, and training. Additionally, by consistently generating jobs and economic sustainability, CEA serves as an institutional foundation for the strengthening of Black communities.

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