Believe and Achieve to fund Coatesville afterschool program

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Kate Magee (left) and Fred Gunter (center) of the Believe & Achieve Foundation present a check for $15,000 to Chris Wiseman, Executive Director of the Brandywine YMCA. The funds will be used for afterschool programming in the city of Coatesville.

WEST CHESTER — Leaders from the Believe & Achieve Foundation recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Brandywine YMCA to fund a new after school program for at-risk youth in the city of Coatesville.

The Brandywine Y plans to initiate a program similar to the Believe & Achieve at the Y Program held at the Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center in West Chester. The program provides a free, safe, supervised, quality after school program for financially disadvantaged youth. The new program will be held at the Gordon building, 351 Kersey Street in downtown Coatesville.

The Believe & Achieve Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals, families and communities in low and moderate-income populations of Chester and Montgomery Counties. The Foundation develops, identifies and supports programs that work to fulfill basic needs. These programs work directly to empower families striving to build a safe and nurturing home environment.

Staff from the Brandywine Y will coordinate the program and the Y is looking for additional staff to aid in the running of the program. Interested candidates can apply by visiting the branch at 295 Hurley Road, Coatesville or visiting the website at

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