Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative

The mission of the Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative is to provide youth with programs where they will have a healthy environment to learn, work, play and to develop principles of respect, responsibility, and leadership through: nurturing, moral & character development and guidance.

Franco Harris – The Most Decent Human Being

“Franco was a great football player but an even better person. He always made time for others. He was the most decent human being I have ever known. He was respected by all who knew him and made those around him better. Franco was a huge supporter of the Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative and poured his heart out to every youth orgranization throughout the Pittsburgh Community. I am grateful for our friendship. I will truly miss my brother, teammate and dear friend. TiAnda and I send our condolences to Dana, Dok, and the entire Harris family.”

-Mel Blount

2024 Summer Internships

The MBYLI is now accepting interns for Summer 2024

Invest In The Future: Become a title sponsor for the MBYLI Internship program.


Celebrity Golf Outing and Dinner

SAVE THE DATE – July 25, 2024

2024 Clay Shoot & Golf Outing

SAVE THE DATE – Aug. 26, 2024

Mel Blount has spent a lifetime supporting young people

Mel started the Youth Leadership Initiative after his decades long NFL career. Mel and the foundation have intervened and intercepted the lives of at risk youth and provided the avenue for them to get another chance to succeed with their life’s goals. Today, the Initiative focuses on instilling leadership qualities in young people to arm them to tackle life’s challenges.


Here’s How You Can Help


We celebrate the programs and initiatives our sponsors and donors have allowed us to maintain and create.

Mentoring Program

Equestrian Program

Building Champions Program

Highmark Healthy High Five

Bright Futures Scholar Program


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Steeler Rookie Camp

Celebrity Golf Outing and Dinner

2024 Celebrity Golf Outing & Dinner

2024 Clay Shoot & Golf Outing

2024 Golf Outing & Clay Shoot

2024 MBYLI Roast Featuring Bill Cowher

2024 MBYH All-Star Celebrity Roast

Universities, Colleges & Schools Skills Camp


Together we make all the difference

HOF Gold Jacket Spotlight: Hard Working Mel Blount

HOF Gold Jacket Spotlight: Hard Working Mel Blount For two decades in organized athletics, Mel Blount made (and remade) himself with a simple formula: No one, he declared both publicly and privately, would outwork him. Mel’s journey from the Deep South to the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania are

2023 MBYLI Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Camp

The 2023 MBYLI Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Camp was a huge success Sharing Hall of Fame values that apply on the field, off the field and in life. Visit the Rookie Camp main page. Rookie Camp Photo Gallery

The house that Mel built

The house that Mel built While troubled youth no longer live at the Mel Blount Youth Home, it’s still a vital resource. Brandon Humphrey flashed back a quarter-century, to an African-American kid enticed by the mean streets of a mean Pittsburgh neighborhood. Read the Whole Story


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