True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
- Arthur Ashe

After School Program

The "BRIDGES" After School Program provides a safe and nurturing environment, while offering tutoring and homework assistance in math, reading, science and other academic areas. Students also receive computer education and recreational activities. The goal is to teach students to strive to high academic achievement, develop cultural awareness, and enhance personal and social skills.

21st Century After School Program

Is in collaboration with Neighborhood Learning Alliance and is held at Lincoln Elementary School for students in grades K- 5 and at Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy for students in grades 6 – 8. This program offers tutoring in math and reading and focuses specifically on students who have scored basic or below basic on their standardized test.

Be A Middle School Mentor Program

Be a Middle School Mentor is a collaboration between The United Way of Allegheny County, The Youth Futures Commission, The Pittsburgh Public Schools, and partner agencies and is held at Pittsburgh Sterrett, Pittsburgh Colfax, and The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies and promotes high school and college readiness. The program was implemented to build connections between middle school students and professionals. In turn we hope these professionals will inspire students to pursue higher education and take full advantage of The Pittsburgh Promise.

MACAC is proud to be a partner agency of Be a Middles School Mentor, and serving the students of Sterrett Middle School. Each week mentors and mentees meet to review curriculum, solve problems, explore career opportunities, take field trips, and participate in extracurricular activities. MACAC is always looking for caring individuals to serve as mentors. If you are interested in being a mentor please contact:

Charles Howell, Mentoring Director
412.441.5405 or

You already have what you need to be a mentor:
- a positive attitude
- experiences to share
- a big heart and sense of humor

Camp Harambee

Is an 8 week youth summer day camp which provides educational, cultural, recreational, and creative activities for youth ages 5-14. The goal of summer camp is to encourage family bonding, improve literacy, and expose campers to service learning. CCIS is accepted and campers enjoy FIELD TRIPS, ARTS & CRAFTS, SWIMMING, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, AND BREAKFAST, LUNCH & SNACK

Community Service Program

The Community Service Program offers a food and clothing bank. Every third Saturday of the month, 8AM – 10AM, residents from the 15206 Zip Code and Church Members can participate in our monthly shop-through and clothing bank. To participate on a monthly basis, residents must provide proof of address and proof of income. Nonresidents can participate in our Emergency Food Program one time only and can contact Hunger Services 412.681.1121 to find their local food bank.

If you are interested in donating gently used clothing to our clothing bank we ask that you only bring two large bags due to limited storage space. Donation receipts are provided upon request. All donations should be arranged with Kyle Henderson, Program Director 412.441.1883, prior to drop off.

Computer Technology Center

The Computer Technology Center offers program participants, as well as members of the community, an opportunity to have free access to computers with Internet access for personal use. Computer classes are offered to teach basic computer skills in addition to advanced instruction on various computer programs.

Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)

The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) opened its doors in 1990. It has evolved into a trusted child care center because of it’s stability and commitment to the Pittsburgh community and their families.

ECDC, a Christian based program, offers a comprehensive educational structure that focuses on the cognitive, emotional, and physical development of children from infancy to five years of age. To ensure that children are healthy and happy, the environment is safe, nurturing and stimulating.

ECDC is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and is a participant in the Keystone STARS continuous quality improvement program. ECDC presently has a STAR2 status and is working towards achieving STAR3 status.

Operating hours are 6:30a.m-6:00p.m. Monday through Friday.


Infant Care (6 weeks - 12 months)
Young Toddler (13 - 25 months)
Older Toddler (26 - 36 months)
Pre-School (37 months - 5 years)
Extended Day (10+ hours)
Meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack)

Mentoring Project

Is in collaboration with several East End Pittsburgh Public Middle Schools and is designed to help matched students enhance their academic achievement, improve their social skills, increase class attendance, and reduce the overall dropout rate.


Enrich each student’s spiritual life.
Enhance academic achievement.
Improve social skills and behavior.
Increase class attendance.
Reduce dropout rate.
Teach life skills.
Promote healthy lifestyles.

Seniors Program

The Seniors Activating Victory Vision and Youth (SAVVY) Program provides educational enrichment, social outings & gatherings, community development, and knowledge about healthy lifestyles for seniors. The SAVVY Program has a quarterly schedule that includes an educational workshop, a social gathering, a local trip, and a banquet. Seniors are also invited to visit MACAC to participate in a variety of social functions.

Contact Info

Mount Ararat Community Activity Center
745 North Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 441-1852