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PUM Goes One On One With Eric Mann, President And CEO Of YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography:

Eric Kevin Mann, 49, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Under Eric's leadership, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh's vision is to Create Hope for Children, Engage Families and Promote Balanced Health for All.

Since coming to the Pittsburgh Y in March of 2003, Eric has overseen an ambitious $32 million building plan to expand and improve Y facilities.

Read More of Mann's bio: http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/metro_staff.asp

PUM: As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, under your leadership, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh's vision is to Create Hope for Children, Engage Families and Promote Balanced Health for All- What initiatives have you set in place to successfully accomplish this goal?

MANN: Our Strategic Plan outlines how we are going to reach our vision. Currently, we use the 2009-2012 Balance Scorecard as our strategic tool with our four commitments being:

- Family, Health and Wellness, Outreach and Under-served and Leadership Development

PUM: Since coming to the Pittsburgh Y in March of 2003, You have overseen an ambitious $32 million building plan to expand and improve Y facilities- where do we stand with the plan? Any other developments?

MANN: We completed our Facility Development plan which was part of our 2004-2007 Strategic Plan which produced a new Homewood Brushton and Franklin Park (Baierl) , Penn Hills YMCAs and expansion and renovation of our Wilmerding YMCA. In addition, we were able to invest in our camps and our Bellevue YMCA.

PUM: A new vision for the YMCA has been developed, resulting in two new Downtown YMCA locations, including the recently opened YMCA at U.S. Steel Tower and the new Market Square YMCA, which was scheduled to open in the Summer of 2009-What about these new locations and your vision?

MANN: Yes, as part of our current 2009-2012 Strategic Plan, we have two new locations in the Downtown community that will replace our Boulevard of the Allies branch ~ US Steel Tower and the New Downtown YMCA at Market Square. In addition, we are expanding and renovating the Centre Avenue YMCA and are also building a new 43,000 square foot YMCA named after Mrs. Thelma Lovette in the Hill District. We will be investing in our South Hills YMCA, along with some other locations in our service area.

PUM: What are you most proud of in terms of what you have been able to accomplish with the Y? What challenges lie ahead?

MANN: I am most proud of our Board volunteers and staff. Our YMCA has experienced significant growth over the last six years and along with that growth, we are serving more kids and families and making a positive impact on the community. This happens only with a talented, committed group of leaders. I am proud of our commitment to serve every community and person regardless of their ability to pay and the fact that we are investing capital dollars in all communities.

PUM: What can we expect in terms of new initiatives and your leadership in the years to come?

MANN: We have a number of exciting collaborations and partnerships that help us reach our strategic goals and serve the Pittsburgh community as best we can. Some of those initiatives include a new partnership with the Boy Scout Council of Pittsburgh, called "Two Steps Forward," a juvenile diversion program, the Lighthouse Program in Westinghouse High School which operates in partnership with Pittsburgh City Schools, and is an out-of-school program for teens. We are also working with Children's Hospital staff on employee wellness and are part of an exciting new initiative called Homewood Children's Village.

As for my leadership, I hope to continue to help secure resources for our organization and continue to build a strong board and staff team.

About The YMCA:

Welcome to the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh builds strong kids, strong families, strong communities through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA assists people in learning the skills and attitudes that will enrich their lives, lead them to interracial and intergenerational understanding and realize their full potential as members of our community. The YMCA emphasizes the development of the whole person as embodied in the YMCA symbol, the triangle, signifying the union of the spirit, mind and body.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is a nationally affiliated character building social services agency focusing on program services for individuals and families. Christian in its heritage, it is ecumenical in its delivery of services and its membership.

More information: http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/about.asp

 

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