Community Voice Initiative

Community Voice Initiative

Community Voice Initiative

Community Voice Initiative

Leading Positive Community-Driven Change

We believe if we empower people in the places where they live, lifting their voices and building their power to shape the services and programs that affect them, lead to community-driven solutions. By amplifying community voices to drive locally determined solutions, this strategy aims to influence systemic racism and discriminatory practices by influencing inequitable policies, systems, and structures that improve health and well-being for all.

Goal One

Build on community capacity and leadership to increase personal responsibility, voice, and skills that influence systems, policies, and distribution of community resources.

Goal Two

Stimulate philanthropic, government, and individuals to co-invest in public-private partnerships to advance community health.

Let’s Talk: Community-Designed Solutions 2023 Presentations

Feb 16, 2023
Mar 23, 2023
Apr 20, 2023
May 18, 2023
Jun, 15 2023
Nov, 16 2023

Homeownership Project by Jacquilynn McClurkin

Acupuncture Healing Arts

Brandywine YMCA

Jumpstart Coatesville

The Passport Program by Chester County Futures

Sense That by Mary Smith

Special Guest Dolores Colligan from Chester County Department of Community Development

Amanda Winkey from DVCCC presenting on health and employment

Janis Bady from YMWIC presenting on education

Steve Wilson from Hope Beyond Borders presenting on Education

Sheri Houpt from the Housing Partnership of Chester County

Shakira Davis, Local Business Owner presenting on health and well-being

Lieutenant Colonel Paige Thomas with L.E.A.P with Paisley presenting on Health

Reverend Michael Green from AME Church Parkesburg presenting on health and well-being

Shanna Cornuet from Healthy Family Solutions presenting on Well Being and Education

James Kaufman, Community Member presenting on Health and Wellbeing

The Creative Club presenting on Education and Employment

Max's Kicks for Kids presenting on Health and Well-Being

Thistle Hills presenting on Employment and Education

Valley Crossing Digital presenting on Education and Employment

A Childs Light presenting on Health and Well-Being

Viola Lechner presenting on Health and Well-Being

Abigail McNeil presenting on Health and Well-Being

Hoops Dreams Foundation presenting on Education, Health, and Well-Being

AHHAH presenting on Education and Well-Being

CVCCC presenting on Health and Well-Being

VisionCorps presenting on Health and Well-Being

Jonny Damon

Deborah Willet

Susan Springsteen

Kevin Davis

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Background:

In November – December 2022, over 100 members of the Greater Coatesville community convened and developed seven challenge questions for the Let’s Talk: Community-Designed Challenge relating to economic development, behavioral health, health recovery, education, workforce, and housing. The challenge questions were informed by publicly available data and a content area expert.

Let’s Talk: Community-Designed Solutions:

The Alliance annually invites community members at all levels of experience to submit ideas and solutions to the below challenge questions for financial awards. Whether you are a seasoned educator or know your community needs, we’re supporting you and students to design and present a solution through various trainings held by The Alliance. We will select seven (7) ideas and solutions for each event date in the Let’s Talk Allyship series on November 16 (Health and Mental Health), January 23 (employment, education, and small business development), March 26 (housing), and May 29 (healthy environments). Each idea selected will be provided with free training to explore, test, adapt, and fine-tune their respective community-created solution.

Each person will have a maximum of 5 minutes to present their idea which will include a Gap Analysis, financials, team profiles,  and timeline. The best ideas determined by 1. the public in attendance and 2. a cross-section of government, nonprofit, business, and community sectors will result in various financial awards.

Prizes for each Let’s Talk: Community-Designed Solutions are:

  • 1st Place: $2,500
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd Place (3): $500

Challenge Questions by Topic:

  • Health: What is your idea(s) on giving Greater Coatesville families and residents what’s necessary to live a healthy life?
  • Well-Being: What is your idea(s) on giving Greater Coatesville families and residents what’s necessary for the emotional well-being and care they need?
  • Education: What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville students the support they need to graduate?
  • Employment: What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville workers the support they need to earn higher wages and remain living in Greater Coatesville?
  • Housing: What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville families and residents the support they need to become a homeowner in Greater Coatesville?
  • What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville families and residents the support they need to increase utilization of healthy resources in Greater Coatesville (ie. parks, park programming, and healthy food)

Community Reports by Category:

  1. Health
  2. Well-Being
  3. Education
  4. Employment
  5. Housing
  6. Economic Revitalization

» Partnership Opportunities 

Location: The Brandywine Center (744 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320)