Donations need for 'Back to School' Coatesville Event

“We’ve been fortunate each year to have community organizations hold collection drives for the event, and our hope is that readers will again organize efforts to help offset our costs."

1,500 backpacks given away st Coatesville Back to School Event

"“We hope to get the kids and parents excited about school,” said event official Jordan Crans."

Mural shares Coatesville’s story with PSU Great Valley

"Bridge Academy’s Darkness to Light featured in Public Stories presentation..."

Through mural, young city artists continue to shineDarkness to Light mural paints dreams of change

"The glow generated by the Darkness to Light mural project continues, and its youthful creators will be recognized on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Penn State Great Valley Conference Center..."

Darkness to Light mural paints dreams of change

Several teenagers pulled down a curtain to unveil their “Darkness to Light” mural of Coatesville, featuring negative images of how the city is and their dreams for the area…

Bridge Academy mural captures city’s past, present, and future

Our teamwork actually ended up becoming a little version of what we want to see happen in Coatesville—we don’t want to just try to get by, we want to make an effort to make it good,” read a sign accompanying the piece…

Front-yard makeover powered by tools, friends

“We proved that a small number of people can make a huge difference,” she said. With minimal expense, the results produced light, hope and joy, Crans said...

Riding Center Sets Open House, Country Fair

"Proceeds from this event benefits the center's At Risk Youth Program, which is offered to the students from the Bridge Academy and Community Center in Coatesville..."


Outpouring of support enables nonprofit to purchase new boiler

"The bailout took less than two weeks, and a new unit has been purchased..."

Frigid temperatures shutter popular, city nonprofit"

It had to shut the doors at its Olive Street facility when its 75-year-old boiler went kaput and the temperature dipped to 45 degrees..."

Drawing on youthful insight for giant student mural

"But those visions are not what the young people want to see, and the mural will also contain pictures of Coatesville infused with their hopes and dreams..."

Gramazin Celebrates Christmas with The Bridge Academy

"What struck me most this evening was the joy everyone seemed to have.  The children really seemed to enjoy being there.  They clearly felt at home."

Teen summer program wins heartfelt, rave reviews

"Jordan Crans, director of the Bridge Academy and Community Center and a veteran ServiceCorps host, said she would highly recommend the program…"

Bridge Academy & Community Center Book Bag Giveaway

"I was invited out to the Bridge Academy & Community CenterBook Bag Giveaway
today, and boy were my socks knocked off…"

Brandywine Health Foundation awards grants

"The Bridge Academy and Community Center received $8,000, the largest grant from the foundation this year. The grant funds will used to provide after-school, summer and enrichment programs for students in the Coatesville Area School District..."

100 Best Communities for Young People

"Academic success is also a main focus for the collaboration among the 21st Century Community Learning Center, Art Partners and Bridge Academy, which recruits teachers, community educators and volunteers to work in after-school programs..."

Positive Leadership

"The Bridge Academy and Community Center provides education, creative arts and fun activities, such as creative writing and hip-hop, for youth and adults in the Coatesville area. This year Jordan worked with four ServiceCorps members that were counselors in the Bridge's summer camp for elementary school age children..."

LLRC Plans Open House

"Proceeds from the event will benefit the center's At-Risk Youth Program which is offered to students from the Bridge Academy and Community Center (BACC) in Coatesville. BACC is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs for youths, including a homework club, a literacy program and cooking classes, as well as art, music and dance..."