Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril

This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise.  The Pittsburgh Promise provides college scholarships for city school students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They are currently in need of middle school mentors. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click the links provided below. Also, they need to raise $250 million in order to do what they are doing, so if you feel led to, I would also encourage you to support them financially!

Saleem’s bio is in the show notes below. I know this talk will inspire and challenge you to do more in your community. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Our next leadership breakfast is on Saturday, June 20th with John Nuzzo, Founding Pastor of Victory Family Church. Learn more and register for this breakfast here.

Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril


Connect with Saleem and the Pittsburgh Promise:

Saleem’s Bio:

Saleem Ghubril is a committed and passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through outreach and education programs.

In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that annually provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors, and mentors, educates, and deploys thousands of volunteer youth in meaningful community service initiatives. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh Promise.

The Pittsburgh Promise is a regional economic and workforce development entity that focuses on transforming the quality of education and life in the City of Pittsburgh, and making higher education a reality for all of Pittsburgh’s urban youth.

He is currently the volunteer pastor of the Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

My Key Takeaways:

  • I don’t care when the light bulb comes on, I just care that i tcomes on
  • Our mission is to be an agent for the Kingdom wherever we are
  • Go where you are most needed
  • A city famous for God: vulnerable people are no longer vulnerable, no more justice, no more poverty, no more isolation, no more injustice!
  • The age of youth is created for heroic service!
  • God, help me live a lift that counts
  • Something is better than nothing! Just do something!


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