Mel Blount is a former cornerback with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a five-time Pro-Bowler, a four-time Super Bowl Champion who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. He is considered one of the best all-time cornerbacks however, his athletic accolades are not his entire legacy. Mel has committed and dedicated the past 34 years to impacting and influencing the lives of youth. Mel has carried the legacy of his parents. He is a deeply committed family-man who has been like a father figure to many who did not have a positive role model in their home to emulate.
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.
The Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative serves to help youth build character, integrity, hope and to offer superior resources and programs that are essential in life.
The Mel Blount Youth Home began as a residential group home and emergency service that had the capacity to house and support a maximum of 24 youth.
Mel’s desire was to broaden the reach of the program and in 2014 he established the Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative, a subsidiary of the Mel Blount Youth Home. The Leadership Initiative supports and serves over 2000 youth per year.