Melanin Mommies PGH centers historically marginalized African American, pregnant or parenting millennial and teen mothers.
Our mission is to assist these mothers to address and overcome intergenerational trauma and combat negative family cycles.
We believe that not only does it take a village to raise a child, the village has a responsibility to support, uplift and nurture the mother as well.
The coming together of support for that mother is transformative and we are obligated to provide access to the tools they need to become the best women and mothers they can be.
Through mentorship, connection to resources, mental health advocacy, financial education and development; we will greatly impact the world by helping to produce confident, self-sufficient, educated and empowered mothers.
Latrice "Phoenix" Rose started Melanin Mommies Pgh, Inc in 2014 as an online support group for expecting African American mothers. Her mission was to create a space where new mothers could build a village of support for each other.
Since then Latrice has helped Melanin Mommies Pgh evolve to include activities such as the #BlackBabiesDoSwim initiative, Momtors Mentoring Program, Grandparents and Guardian Fund and more!
Latrice holds a BA in Communications and Public Relations from Edinboro University, a Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management from Carlow University and currently pursuing a dual MBA and MSW. Latrice is also a certified Life Coach, Mompreneur, Inspirational Speaker and holds various certifications including Mental Health First Aid instructor and Maternal Mental Health.
She was recognized and honored as a Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 honoree in 2019 as well as a Martin Luther King Jr Award and Athena Pittsburgh award nominee.
She has been mentioned in various media outlets such as Pittsburgh Post Gazette, New Pittsburgh Courier, Local Pittsburgh, Voyage MIA magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, Soul Pitt and more!
Nathaniel Broadus is a military veteran with extensive experience in Community relations. He served as a coordinator of the African American Male Mentoring Initiative and managed the Fatherhood program at Healthy Start. Since 2018 he has been the Workforce Specialist at Catalyst Connection assisting to develop new pathways to employment in robotics and advanced manufacturing. Nathaniel is also a Co Founder of Black Packing, a mental health community hiking initiative.
Professor Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the state of Pennsylvania. She is an Assistant professor and director of the Bachelor of Arts Social Work program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the founder and president of Freedom Indeed LLC, a community organization that focuses on servicing and empowering ex-offenders and victims of crime. Professor Jones has extensive experience working with children and families impacted by violence and crime for over twenty years. She provides crisis intervention, counseling, and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of various categories of violence and crime.
Amber L Owens was born and raised on the East side of Pittsburgh, Pa. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors in Political Science and a concentration in African American Studies, and Education . She obtained her Law degree at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge and also holds a LL.M in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Amber owns her own law practice focusing on Criminal Defense and Business Organizations and Transaction. Through her practice she offers free workshops in urban communities throughout the city: (1) Know Your Rights Workshop, (2) Pardon and Expungement Workshops, (3) Forming a small Business and non-profit Workshops, and (4) Wills and Estate Planning Workshops. As a product of two teen parents, Amber not only brings her criminal advocacy experience, but advocacy for children of teen mothers.