Advocate to share journey as a troubled youth and single mother

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University will present a lecture by Erica Lewis titled “From Incarceration to Positively Impacting Urban Communities: The Development of An African American Woman Working to Make a Difference on the Mean Streets of Homewood” on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. in Hartline Science Center G42.

Lewis, who has a master’s degree in non-profit management from Robert Morris University, serves as a program manager in the Office of Child and Community Health at the Homewood’s Children Village in Pittsburgh.

The goal of the organization is to provide resources and training for Homewood community members in childcare, family stability, leadership development and housing preservation through their three primary initiatives: Baby Promise, Leadership Institute and the Homewood Housing Preservation Partnership.

Her lecture will focus on her journey as a troubled youth and single mother to an advocate for low income youth and families. She will discuss the realities of supporting youth and families in a community in which gun shots are far to common.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.