Coatesville teens going green

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ServiceCorps provides youth with a summer income, work experience, and opportunity to "serve" their community.

The benefits of a Coatesville youth summer program will spill over into the community on Saturday as the teens host a community recycling event.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants in the Coatesville Youth Initiative's ServiceCorps will hold a Recycling and Living Green Festival at Victor Abdala Sr. Park on Olive Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Coatesville residents will have a chance to learn about recycling, sign up for a free recycling bin, drop off clothing, plastic, glasses, computers, paper, scrap metal, batteries and electronics, and participate in free family activities and games.

The 40 teens who planned the festival took part in the second year of a program sponsored by the Brandyinwe Health Foundation that features an eight-week employment experience and a leadership curriculum modeled after AmeriCorps. "This summer's recyling project was completely the teens' idea, and we particularly admire that they plan to keep developing the project after this summer is over," said Frances Sheehan, who heads the foundation.

For more information about Saturday's event, contact Jarvis Berry at 610-380-9080 or

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