Detroit, Michigan [2018/2019 Consulting]

Campaign for Black Male Achievement                High School Excellence Strategy

Campaign for Black Male Achievement

High School Excellence Strategy


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [2015 Campaign]

COMMUNITY Leadership Mobilization

Pittsburgh Youth, Families, Residents, Community Leaders

Pittsburgh Youth, Families, Residents, Community Leaders

Leon Ford Speaks

Leon Ford Speaks

Institutional responsiveness and investments

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COMMUNITY Steering Committee


TandemEd worked with the community steering committee to oversee the process and clarify the role they sought to play in guiding the community ambassadors. The community steering committee consisted of community members who have the visibility, trust, and respect of youth, families, and residents in Pittsburgh.

TandemEd along with the steering committee worked with select Pittsburgh youth and young adult community ambassadors. These ambassadors worked on the campaign formation and implementation using their own talents and those derived from the community.

community leadership Campaign

One of the designated collective community aims was to debunk the myth that a community member must altogether leave the City of Pittsburgh to attain communal goals.  TandemEd supported the community to create both narratives and action strategies in leading themselves toward a communal goals to reverse this narrative and build aligned strategies and actions.   

Black is Pittsburgh

Black is Pittsburgh

Community action highlight

One highlight of an inspired initiative came by way of community activist Leon Ford, who after participating became inspired to begin his "Voices" Project to further change the narrative and stop the violence in the community. See one of his videos to the right, as well as learn more about him and his broader work at

Leon Ford's "Voices" Project

"We are extremely proud to support this project. Unfortunately, too many of the images we see of Black youth are negative and are not a true representation of our community. This project allows our community to tell our story and showcase the positive assets we do have” - Mark Lewis, Campaign Partner, President/CEO POISE Foundation

“This process was valuable to me because it gave me a better perspective of who I am and how I should use that throughout my life” - Brett Searcy, 16, Campaign Ambassador


“The organic nature of the movement allows Black youth to push through pain to places of peace, power and purpose” - Jason Rivers, Campaign Steering Committee, Founder AR3 East Liberty Basketball Tournament


Responsive institution highlight

Pittsburgh Public Schools,  in response to the broader work of the "Black is Pittsburgh" campaign, aligned its programming and work with students to community narratives. This included supporting the professional development of select principals and network superintendents, along with providing content for use in the district-wide WePromise program focused on raising the grade point average of Black male students toward eligibility for the statewide scholarship program Pennsylvania Promise.