last 30 years, the US has experienced 500 killings of children per year by
their mother. Of all these tragic
instances, 71% of children killed by a one parent is killed by their mother. We’ve
recently experienced these instances in Allegheny County over the last years
reaching national news. There are numerous factors that can lead one to commit
these crimes and stressors from activities of daily living can cause compassion
Here is what we know:
are several organizations that are designed to assist single mothers overcome
these barriers. However there is also harsh stigmas attached when women take
advantage of the resources designed for them (e.g. the welfare queen).
Sometimes women don’t need a service as much as they simply need a friend. A
women who can relate and lend an unbiased ear.
Where do we start?
small, we start together.
Ladies, Advance Your Year (SLAYY) is a network designed to empower single mothers in the Pittsburgh region to advance their current
status by making strong connections to resources and other women in the
of SLAYY is to make a safe space for women to bond, ease of accessibility to
current resources that exist in the community, and create strategies for advancement.
- On average PA single moms are bringing
home $24,250 annually.
- 40% of single moms live in poverty
- 31% of PA single moms are unemployed
- 10% of all PA households are led by
- = 318,553 single mom households in
- 34.4% of US single moms are food
- 1/3 of US single moms’ income is spent
- 22% of US single moms have no health
- ½ of US single moms income is spent on
networking app that is designed for SLAYY champions to locate mothers in the
area. They will create a profile indicating the name, number of children, and
interests. Users can login on and find women nearby who may have an interest in
playdates or cozy conversation. In addition, users will have a directory to
instantly access information that our partner organizations have to offer in
areas of finance, legal aid, career, education and homeownership.
host a series of pop-up shops bimonthly in the local community inviting
organizations in the five target areas to engage for average of 3 hours on a
Saturday. Activities for children are available to allow the mother to direct
attention on the resources being provided.
Prior to leaving the event, the SLAYY champions are partnered with a
SLAYY consultant to create an action plan with small steps to a valuable ROI.