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LYFT is moving forward with awesome plans for 2016! The coalition has undergone a few changes this year. Our support of the Pennsbury Character Education initiative increased significantly, we renewed our focus on engaging the parents and community in our efforts, and our primary funding source changed. Let me address each of these developments individually before sharing our exciting ideas for next year!
LYFT was very happy to support Pennsbury’s efforts to become recognized as a National District of Character. Our executive committee participated in the National School of Character Community Forum and provided a letter of support for the District’s application. The design and implementation of the new LYFT Pennsbury Character Award aligns with Pennsbury’s efforts to encourage students to maintain assets of good character.
We renewed our focus on engaging parents and the community in our efforts. Working collaboratively with our partners is key for implementing effective programs to guide youth towards healthy, safe and responsible behaviors.
After ten years, LYFT successfully transitioned from the federal Drug Free Communities grant system, by applying for and being awarded a grant award from The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency called Communities the Care (CTC). While the new CTC grant does not provide as much funding, it will carry us another nine months while we continue to search for other resources. Securing new support continues to be a concern for LYFT.
LYFT looks forward to a big e-safety event currently being planned for the spring. Parents, teachers, counselors and other interested adults may want to stay tuned for more details! Like our last event, the dinner with Dr. Michael Bradley, this promises to be an affair that you won’t want to miss!
Thanks to everyone for your continued support!
Rev. Vicky Allen
Executive Chair, LYFT