The Mother to Son Program (MTSP) is a unique model that offers single mothers and female guardians, their male children, ages 5-15, and their siblings social support, education, self-care concepts, recreational and leisure activities, a platform to share ideas, training/workshops, a safe environment, coaching and mentoring.



Our goal is to improve the quality of life for single mothers and female guardians and their young males ages 5 to 15. MTSP provides a range of services, events and activities to help the entire family attain the self-care, sufficiency, social exposure and educational information needed through the discovery and utilization of strength based approaches in support of their efforts of being successful.

The Mother to Son Program seeks to address the approximately 11.8% of households in Allegheny County that are headed by single-mothers. Approximately 71% of African American children in Allegheny County are born into a single parent household. The data is not clear on the number of African-American boys born into single households in Allegheny County. Single mothers raising their sons can be overwhelmed, isolated and struggling to balance their role as a parent. A single mother is the primary caregiver, nurturer, income provider and decision maker in meeting the personal needs of their children. There is compelling data over the years that inform us that young males need role models, experiences and resources to help them make positive transitions as they grow and mature.


Every other week, we bring together Mothers and their Sons to share a meal and participate in individualized group activities and sessions.

For Sons, these activities and sessions focus on :

  • Health & Wellness
  • Service Learning
  • Educational Supports
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Character Development
  • Workshops & Trainings
  • 8 R’s of Manhood Training and Character Development (Reading, Righteousness, Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity Rhythm, and Redemption) 

For Mothers, these activities and sessions focus on:

  • Goals & Intentions
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Giving Back
  • Becoming Financially Fit
  • Effective Parenting
  • Housing & Stability
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Self Care
Kennywood Park

Kennywood Park


We provide quality childcare onsite for all siblings, ages 3 to 7. Girls, ages 8 and up, participate in workshops designed for positive character development. Children are engaged in storytelling, arts and crafts and team building exercises.


  • You identify as a single mother or female guardian, looking for a program that requires active participation of both mothers/guardians and their sons
  • You have a young male child between the ages of 3 and 15
  • You reside in Allegheny or Westmoreland Counties
  • You are looking for coaching/mentoring for your son(s) and emotional/social/educational support for yourself.
Small Seeds has been a great help to me and my family. The engagement provided us with great services and caring people. A mentor/coach has been a positive influence and he spent time getting to know him, took him to several educational and social events which was an eye opening experience for my son. My son was heading in the wrong direction because of marijuana use and isolation. The assistance of Small Seeds staff helped my son to reconnect with his birth father who he hasn’t heard from in over 8 years. My son is now making better decisions and is more responsible.   
- Mother to Son Program Participant


Hill District
Begins Monday, March 5, 2018
Allegheny County Funded
Center for Family Excellence
409 Dinwiddie Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Mothers and sons meet every other Monday of the month

Mon Valley
Begins Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Allegheny County Funded
Monview Heights
BLDG 1A Midway Drive
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Mothers and sons meet every other Tuesday of the month

Begins Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Allegheny County Funded
Hosanna House
807 Wallace Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Mothers and Sons meet every other Wednesday of the month

East Liberty
Begins Wednesday, March 8, 2018
Allegheny County Funded
Kingsley Association
6435 Frankstown Avenue
East Liberty, PA 15206
Mothers and Sons meet every first and third Thursday of the month

Begins Wednesday, March 7, 2018
 Heinz Endowment Funded
B.A.S.E. Brothers and Sisters Emerging
5315 Hillcrest Street
Garfield, PA 15224
Mothers and Sons meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month

Richard King Mellon Foundation Funded
Living World Congregational Church
2003 Ridge Road
Jeannette, PA 15644
Mothers and Sons meet: TBD


Direct Services

  • Group Workshops and Trainings
  • Home, School, and Community Visits
  • Family/Youth group sessions
  • Financial Literacy & Parent Education
  • Basic Family Conferencing & Teaming
  • SSDI “Single Mothers Conference Series”
  • Civic Engagement and Community Service
  • Educational Filed Trips
  • Transportation (as needed)
  • Childcare (3+)


  • Internal/Referrals to and from other providers
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Parent/Youth Advisory Committee
  • College Tour/Fields Trips/ Tickets for Kids
  • Sports/Recreation/Exercise
  • B.E.A.M. Black Emerging Adolescent Male Summer Camp
  • Saturday Success Academy

2017-2018 Calendar Coming Soon!