Talking With Teens About Race

The Third Session of Parent Up Pittsburgh: An Empowering Parenting Series

January 25, 2021

Every Child, Inc. to partner with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to host “Talking with Teens About Race” the third session of Parent Up Pittsburgh: An Empowering Parenting Series on February 8, 2021. 

Launched in September 2020, Every Child, Inc. will host three more virtual sessions of Parent Up Pittsburgh: An Empowering Parenting Series presented by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania.
In this presentation participants will gain a greater understanding about racial justice from the experience of both, a professional racial justice educator who facilitates workshops on race and an African American mother of two sons whose first hand experiences with racism fuels her passion. Teens, just like children, care about their identity and are witness to issues about race and injustice. They need environments where adults are open to difficult conversations, honest with responses to their questions and prepared to empower them as they navigate the confidence needed to care about and engage in the work needed to eliminate racism.

Speaker information:

Barbara Johnson

VP of Race and Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

Before YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Susquehanna University, one of the top five employers of Snyder County, hired her to lead their new Office of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion as an integral member of their Human Resources Department. She developed diverse community partnerships and established a professional development initiative for university employees. Before Susquehanna, most of her career was at Carlow University where she started their first Office of Multicultural Programs and under her leadership grew into their Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

She holds an undergraduate degree (BA) in Performing Arts/Dance, a master’s degree (MEd) in educational leadership, and is completing the final manuscript of essays on race/racism to complete a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Non-Fiction Creative Writing.

Parent Up: An Empowering Parenting Series, premiered in September 2020, spotlights a new topic and welcomes regional experts to help guide an online workshop to build knowledge and strengthen parenting skills. Specifically designed for parents of teens and tweens because we know - parenting is tough!

Tickets are free, but need to be reserved. Tickets can be reserved at:

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Sponsors to date: NAMI Keystone PennsylvaniaHighmark Blue Cross Blue ShieldAllegheny Health Network, The Wilson Group, and Kenny Ross.

About Every Child Inc.

Every Child Inc. is a nonprofit human services organization that serves birth, foster and adoptive families. Every Child’s mission is to build a stronger community by empowering families through family support and clinical services.  For more information, visit