Pride Youth Services (PYS) Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 2001. Our mission is to improve the social, emotional and physical development of African American youth. We provide resources to build skills, make healthy choices and gain confidence. We transform the lives of black teenagers and through them, our nation.
What We Do
Founder & CEO
Ludley Howard, LCSW-C, LICSW, received his B.A. Degree in Psychology from McDaniel College and Master of Social Work Degree from Smith College located in Northampton, MA. He is a licensed clinical social worker (in MD,DC & PA) with over 30 years of expertise and experience in working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including residential and community-based programs. Mr. Howard’s vision of creating effective, culturally competent services for African-American youth & families led to the Founding of Pride Youth Services, Inc. in February 2001. Since that time, PYS Inc. has continued to grow and provide quality mental wellness services and youth development programming for youth and their families.
PYS’ programs provide an array of services focused on supporting the social and emotional well-being of the students while encouraging them to become actively engaged in the educational process.
You must be in the community to change the community. At Pride Youth Services, Inc., our staff is passionate, experienced and committed to improving the lives of young people and their families. Most importantly, we live where we work and know how to respond to the unique needs of the communities we serve. We understand our kids – we know what goals are important to them and we stay current on the latest trends influencing their lives.
Denise Actie is a PA Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience in the social work field. She is the Project Director for the Pride Youth Services Philadelphia Project as well as an AFFIRM and #NCONTROL Group Facilitator. She has been with Pride Youth Services, Inc., since 2016.
Gerome Dixon, affectionately known as “Rome”. A husband, father and friend who loves life and all the wonderful things it offers. Committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth, families and the community at large, Mr. Dixon functions in the capacity as Behavior Interventionist/SEL Teacher (21 years) at Woodlawn Middle School in Baltimore, MD. He earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration/Mgmt from Strayer University, M.S. Degree in Special Education from Towson University, Nationally Certified Trainer in TCI, CPI & Restorative Practices. Mr. Dixon has had the wonderful privilege of working with Pride Youth Services as an AMEN Group Facilitator since its inception in 2001. He currently conducts AMEN Group sessions for the Baltimore City Project and the Charles H. Hickey Jr., School Project
Jordan Taylor works for Pride Youth Services Inc. as an AMEN Group Facilitator for the Baltimore City Project. A Baltimore County native, Jordan earned a B.A. Degree in Communication from the University of Maryland in 2017. Prior to joining Pride Youth Services, Inc., Jordan completed a year of service through AmeriCorps working in Baltimore with The Choice Program. Through this program, Jordan provided support and goal- based mentorship to young from challenging Baltimore City communities. Jordan is passionate about serving his community and improving the lives of those around him.
Joshua Tassler has been an AMEN Group Facilitator with PYS since 2001 and currently co-facilitates these groups in Baltimore City. He received his B.A. Degree in Social Work from Morgan State University and Master of Social Work Degree from Stony Brook University. He is a licensed social worker in MD with 20 years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families in various settings.
Tiana Coney has a B.A. in Psychology and is currently working on her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in the Spring of 2021. She is Trauma Certified and works with Pride Youth Services, Inc., as an AFFIRM Group Facilitator for the Philadelphia Project. She currently also serves as a Specialized Behavioral Health Social Worker for A Second Chance Inc., in Philadelphia PA.
Keyara Blackmon works with Pride Youth Services Inc. as an AFFIRM Group Facilitator for Baltimore City Public Schools. She was born and raised in Baltimore, so it has been a pleasure being able to give back to and serve the youth of the community from which she belongs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Stevenson University in 2018. Keyara discovered youth mentoring through the Choice Program in Baltimore. Through this program, she provided support and goal based mentorship to Baltimore city youth and their families. She is very passionate about helping others and serving our communities.
Abigale works for Pride Youth Services Inc. as a Career Navigator/ Case Manager at the Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center in Takoma Park, MD. She has her degree in Psychology from Towson University; and has a love for Art Therapy. Abigale’s motto is with a good foundation, the sky is the limit.
Morgan Moats is an AFFIRM Group Facilitator for PYS’ Baltimore City Public Schools Project. She also has experience working with families and children through a family preservation program. Passion is what drives Morgan’s eagerness to give back and mentor youth in her community. She works hard to earn the trust of the youth and families she works with and finds pleasure in seeing small successes with these individuals.
David Watson is an AMEN and #NCONTROL Group Facilitator for the Philadelphia Project. He has been with Pride Youth Services, Inc., since April 2018.
Pride Youth Services, Inc.
2275 Research Blvd, Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Pride Youth Service, Inc.
210 East Lexington Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21202
Pride Youth Services, Inc.
1700 Market Street, Suite 1005
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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