Updated: Mar 17
February 28, 2022
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) Michael Arterberry, a long-time friend of St. Catherine’s Center for Children, has devoted his life to improving the lives of New York’s youth navigating issues of poverty, neglect, and racial inequity. Arterberry, who joined the Board of Directors this month, is a motivational speaker, life and accountability coach, and esteemed throughout the human services community.
Arterberry is the executive director of Youth Voices Center, Inc. and the creator of the Power Peace Program. Arterberry founded the Youth Voices Center, Inc. in 2008 while working on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) in Green Haven Correctional Facility, and built a life out of ‘helping others launch their best future.’
“Michael’s expertise brings a new and unique perspective into our Board discussions. We are grateful he accepted our invitation and look forward to his guidance,” said Frank Pindiak, Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Center for Children.
Arterberry has hosted numerous workshops, initiated critical discussions around tolerance and prejudice. He has influenced a generation of young people and received numerous awards including the 100 Men of Color Award in 2014 and the Educator of the Year Award from Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP) in 2016. He is an advocate of children’s wellbeing, social workers, and the author of a number of books on social welfare and justice, among others.
“I love my work, which includes speaking to organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prevailing thoughts and attitudes inform decisions making, and you cannot make informed decisions without considering the impacts diversity, equity, and inclusion have on everyone,” says Arterberry.
St. Catherine’s associates recently participated in a motivational workshop in Albany where Arterberry spoke on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fostering an inclusive environment void of unconscious bias and microaggressions is, and will remain, at the center of St. Catherine’s Center for Children’s core values.
“Michael has been our friend and a guiding voice for a number of years. His friendship and leadership are invaluable and we couldn’t be more pleased that he is joining our board this term,” says Mark Ustin, President of St. Catherine’s Board of Directors.