Supporting Coatesville Youth for a Successful Future

On May 15, 2024
In Blog

The Alliance for Health Equity (The Alliance) pursues its mission through grantmaking, providing scholarships, building partnerships, and being catalytic to spark new initiatives where they are needed the most. Our goal is to improve the health, social, emotional, and economic conditions among children, teens, and families in the Coatesville Area School District. Here are just a few of the many ways we are supporting Coatesville youth for a successful future.


The Alliance provides annual scholarships to Coatesville Area School District high school students and Chester County college students. In the 2023 Fiscal year, we awarded 14 scholarships totaling $56,121, including the Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship and the newly created Judy Spangler Memorial Scholarship. To learn more about the significance of these named scholarships and to view a list of recent scholarship recipients, view our FY 2023 Annual Report

Grant Partnerships in Action

The Alliance awards grants to local organizations that benefit the youth of Coatesville. A 2023 partnership with Arts Holding Hands and Hearts (AHHAH) and Chester County Futures (CCF) through the Collaborative Innovation Fund is one example, facilitating after-school programs, summer programs, and wellness and resilience workshops for Coatesville area students, as well as professional development opportunities for CCF staff.

Let’s Talk in Action

Other partnerships include Let’s Talk participants, like the Creative Club of Chester County, an educational program that fosters “creativity and collaboration,” and the Coatesville Hoop Dreams Academy, a basketball program designed for underserved youth that provides “a safe place to have fun and learn life lessons on and off the court.” Providing a platform to spread the word about these and other valuable programs positively impacts our community and helps to improve physical and mental health outcomes for Coatesville children and teens.

The Power of Green Spaces 

The Greening Coatesville Initiative is another example of The Alliance bringing the community and right partners together to benefit local youth. We are transforming Coatesville Area parks into safe public spaces, with sport facilities and playgrounds for children and teens to promote active play and socialization. One example is Palmer Park, the beneficiary of a Disney and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) grant awarded to the Greening Coatesville Initiative to help make outdoor spaces accessible to children and families in underserved communities.

The Power of Art

The Coatesville Black Media Renaissance project (CBMR) gives local artists and artisans a creative outlet and vehicle to amplify important social issues impacting the City of Coatesville. This includes workshops for teens, as well as the Coatesville Youth Voices Project, where the youth of the city of Coatesville speak about racism and the effects it has on our community through art. More information on CBMR and the Coatesville Youth Voices Project can be found here.

Your Support in Action

Do you want to help shape a stronger, healthier Coatesville community and see a tangible impact from your generosity? When you give to The Alliance, you can support a fund or initiative of your choice, including the Scholarship Fund, the Greening Coatesville Initiative, Community Voice, the McNeil Library to advance literacy for young people, and more. To make a donation or to learn more, click here


The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) is a philanthropic organization striving to advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy community for all residents of the Greater Coatesville area. We pursue our mission by providing grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students that address health and economic disparities and social justice. We also build partnership programs and give voice to those often left out of community solution building to improve the overall health of their communities. 100% of contributions go directly to those in need.