Who are we?
The Coatesville Youth Initiative (CYI) is an independent non-profit organization committed to youth-led, transformational community change. We train youth leaders, enhance family relationships, encourage prevention education, and build community collaboration.
CYI started as a project of the Brandywine Health Foundation in 2008 as a response to feedback from the community and most importantly, from Coatesville youth. CYI was incorporated as an independent organization in July, 2013.
How are we making a difference?
CYI leverages the talents, expertise and diversity throughout our community to build trust, work together, and share resources. We are committed to nurturing partnerships at all levels to provide the highest caliber of programming and support for Coatesville Youth.
We invite you to view our 2016 three year strategic plan, which is the formal guide for our work.
Guiding Principles – WE…
Our staff is composed of talented, experienced and dedicated facilitators of exceptional youth development, prevention and family engagement programs; and we work tirelessly to unite a wide range of partners to make the community better for everyone.
We believe the collective expertise of our board, staff and youth will help CYI support youth and families as they develop the skills, relationships, opportunities, and character necessary for leading and inspiring productive, service-oriented, and fulfilling lives.
Our Amazing Board Members
Shannan Thomas (Chair) – Senior Drug Safety Associate, Endo Health Solutions/ Adjunct Health Professor, West Chester University
Tom Belmont (Vice-Chair) – Area President, Mid Atlantic Region, Gallagher Benefit Services
David J. Wierz (Treasurer) – Principal, Finance & Commercialization OCI, SHS
Joel W. Goldberg (Secretary) – Attorney, Goldberg, Meanix, McCallin & Muth
Darya Sabocsik – Global Fraud Manager, Vanguard
Lila Singleton – Manager, Workforce Development (Chester County)
Gregory V. Hines – District Judge, District Court 15-1-03
Kim Kiszely – Guidance Counselor, Coatesville Area School District
Jennifer C. McNeil – Community Philanthropist
Jill Whitcomb – V.P. of Development, Brandywine Health Foundation