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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 is an independent not-for profit corporation and was started in 2008 as a response to feedback from the community and most importantly, from Coatesville youth.

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Our Team

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 Talented & Dedicated Staff

Jarvis Berry

Executive Director



Gibryl Livingston

Program Coordinator - Youth & Familiy


Jaionna Harris

Program Coordinator – Community Resources



Vickie Dennison

Administrative Assistant

Our Amazing Board Members

Jennifer C. McNeil (Chair)
Community Philanthropist​

Jill Whitcomb (Vice-Chair)
President and CEO, Surrey Senior Services

Larry Welsch – (Treasurer)
Executive Director (Retired), Chester County Food Bank

Anna Marie Noble (Secretary)
Owner, Advanced BodyEase Therapy

Michelle Alexander
CW Supervisor, Chester County Juvenile Probation

Adam Carter
Transition Supervisor, Timothy School

Melissa Dupre
Vice President | Store Manager III, TD Bank

Gregory V. Hines
District Judge, District Court 15-1-03

Ajenè Livingston
Artist, Coatesville Cultural Society

Jahmal Phoenix
Assistant Vice President, TD Bank

Collin Raysor
Business Services Officer, Commercial Banking BB&T

Lila Singleton

Workforce Coordinator, Chester County Workforce Development

Greg Smore

Director of Communications, PECO

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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.


Our Guiding Principles





Be Proud

Model Integrity


Be Youth




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