Now in its 9th year, ServiceCorps is an eight week summer service and leadership development program for Coatesville area youth. 40 participants ages 14-18 gain invaluable opportunities to serve and connect with their community, develop work-readiness, and build life and leadership skills while earning a summer income. ServceCorps is a transformational program that encourages our youth to be thought leaders who emerge as productive, responsive leaders in our community.

The application process is competitive and rigorous; those accepted will work for eight weeks at various nonprofit and for-profit organizations (Host Sites) in the greater Coatesville area. The youth earn $7.50/hour for their work ($2,100 per student that is paid by CYI) and complete 50 hours of additional leadership training. While providing valuable experience for participants, the program also gives back to the community by providing over 10,000 hours of service for the host sites.

As a Host Site, you will provide on the job experience and guidance for 2–3 youth participants, whose wages are underwritten by the Coatesville Youth Initiative. In addition to promoting valuable work experience for participants, Host Sites often return to the program, citing that youth input makes their own programs and businesses stronger. As a result of assistance from ServiceCorps youth, many Host Sites are also able to offer programming that they would otherwise not be able to afford. We are now in the process of choosing our host sites for the 2018 program. Please contact Chaya Scott, CYI Executive Director today to learn more about how you can participate as a 2018 Host Site.