Chester Youth Collaborative
This Crozer led city-wide network focuses on increasing out-of-school opportunities for Chester youth ages 12-22; advancing the City of Chester’s youth policy agenda; and coordinating the efforts of more than 20 youth-serving organizations. It was established with support from Philadelphia’s William Penn Foundation in 2002.
Members of the Chester Youth Council at the Youth Empowerment Summit
The City of Chester recently partnered with CYC to craft and adopt a policy agenda focused on needs of older teens, known as the Chester Older Youth Policy in 2012-2016. Work groups have formed to advance four priority areas: post-secondary options; workforce; out-of-school opportunities; and health and wellness.
Chester Youth Council is the arm of the Collaborative where youth are engaged. Chester Drug Free Communities is the arm of the Collaborative focused on substance abuse prevention among Chester’s youth.