When working with underserved youth at Brashear High School in Beechview as a 2013 Heinz Endowments Fellow, Kevin McNair saw an opportunity “to break a negative cycle by making a positive impact on kids.” He was inspired to launch 1Nation Mentoring, which teaches young, inner-city males how to overcome adversity and motivates them to embrace responsibility as they transition to adulthood. As co-founder and executive director of 1Nation, Kevin provides in-school mentoring, STEM-based workshops and summer programs that aim to disrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” and provide teens with vital opportunities for academic advancement, personal development and community engagement. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Kevin loves being a member of Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District community.
What upcoming events are you excited attend?
Best part of your job?
Being able to build with, and impact, youth and the community in the way that I do.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ll tackle this week?
Trying to keep our youth safe and inspired.
Write three words to describe Pittsburgh:
Community, family, sports.
Who should be the unofficial Mayor of Pittsburgh?
My uncle, Rev. Grayson.
What’s one thing you’d place in a Pittsburgh time capsule?
Best thing about Pittsburgh or Western PA?
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