Saturday, July 19, 2014
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Coatesville youth program becomes independent

CHESTER COUNTY

Youth program goes independent

COATESVILLE After a year of planning, the Coatesville Youth Initiative became an independent nonprofit this month, making it eligible for increased funding and allowing it to expand its programs.

For the last four years, the organization, which supports Coatesville-area residents ages 12 to 24, was a project of the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Now, the Coatesville Youth Initiative can have its own governing board and can act on ideas that have been years in the making toward its stated goal of helping young people reach their full potential.

The initiative plans to expand its summer leadership and employment program to a year-round project and is looking to provide more parenting support programs.

"I've seen it go from five people in a room trying to figure out how to have a youth initiative in Coatesville to the position where we're a full-fledged nonprofit organization," said Chaya Scott, director of the initiative. "It's just exceptional to see an idea go to fruition."

The initiative is developing its own website that will tell the community about its plans and provide resources for youth.

- Michaelle Bond

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