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The 4th Annual Coatesville Back to School Event is Almost Here!

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

Anticipation is building for the 4th Annual Coatesville Back to School Event on Friday, August 19th from 3-6 pm at Scott Middle School at 800 Olive Street in Coatesville. The community-wide effort is implemented by over 100 volunteers and 13 local organizations including the Coatesville Area School District, Bridge Academy and Community Center, City of […]

2016 ServiceCorps Host Sites

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

In its seventh year of operation, ServiceCorps fosters collaboration and partnerships among organizations within and outside of Coatesville who serve as work sites for the selected participants. Each year, the Youth Initiative also looks to expand the number of local businesses who host the interning students. To qualify, a business needs to provide meaningful opportunities […]

Remembering on January 18th and throughout the year

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

While Dr. Martin Luther King is widely known and recognized for his powerful, “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963, we remember this month that he devoted his entire life to affecting change through peace.   Visit The King Center for this excerpt and for additional reading on the life of an exceptional man. “…While […]

CYI’s Sam Brown Leading Change at Millersville University

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

Terrific Article at Lancaster Online: …There were five scheduled student speakers. The first, Black Student Union President Samuel Brown, kicked things off with a video, “Unsung Hero.” Made as an ad for a Thai insurance company, the clip depicts a man selflessly doing good deeds for people in his neighborhood, gradually spreading joy to those around […]

As we prepare to celebrate our first year as an independent organization, we would be honored to have you join us in our support of Coatesville youth.

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

In 2016, we will partner to: Empower and enable youth, so they have the necessary tools to be leaders in their lives and to their peers while taking ownership of their community. Enhance family relationships, so families will be stronger and have a network of support. Promote prevention education, to set high expectations and encourage a […]

CYI’s Megan Schmierer Talks Tough

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

Definition: Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles they won’t find anywhere else. What it means […]

I Remember, by Aja Thompson

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

This beautiful poem was written by Aja Thompson, CYI Program Assistant.  We think that it beautifully captures the essence of our wonderful and amazing city! I remember walking down Lincoln Highway watching the people drive I remember how beautiful the clouds looked in my city’s skies I remember seeing the sun set on the other side of my neighborhood […]

2015 ServiceCorps Report

by Coatesville Youth Initiative

For all things ServiceCorps, check out the 2015 Report.  The numbers are amazing; over $430,000 in wages earned and 57,000 hours in service to the community since the program inception in 2010. Way to go ServiceCorps and Coatesville youth! It’s not too early to think about plans for 2016…read here for more information on how […]