Coatesville Youth Ini­tia­tive to host Manuel Pas­tor

The au­thor will speak to stu­dents at the Break­through Leader Break­fast

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

MALVERN >> Coatesville Youth Ini­tia­tive (CYI) is set to host Manuel Pas­tor for the in­au­gu­ral Break­through Leader Break­fast on Fri­day and Satur­day.

CYI will host a thought­pro­vok­ing and in­spir­ing con­ver­sa­tion on Fri­day with Pas­tor at the Des­mond Ho­tel in Malvern. He is the codi­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for the Study of Im­mi­grant In­te­gra­tion at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“We are proud to have Coatesville youth help­ing to co-host this event,” said CYI Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Chaya Scott.

Pas­tor’s re­search has fo­cused on is­sues of the eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial con­di­tions fac­ing low-in­come ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties and the so­cial move­ments seek­ing to change those re­al­i­ties. His re­cent book ti­tled “Eq­uity, Growth, and Com­mu­nity: What the Na­tion Can Learn from Amer­ica’s Metro Ar­eas,” coau­thored with Chris Benner, ar­gues how in­equal­ity stunts eco­nomic growth and how bring­ing to­gether eq­uity and growth re­quires con­certed lo­cal ac­tion.

“Dr. Pas­tor’s re­marks re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion at the Phi­lan­thropy Net­work’s 2015 con­fer­ence in Philadel­phia, and we are thrilled to bring him back to our re­gion,” Scott said. “In ad­di­tion to be­ing a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized leader on the study of the chang­ing de­mog­ra­phy of our coun­try and an ac­com­plished au­thor, Dr. Pas­tor is also a highly en­ter­tain­ing pre­sen­ter. This break­fast is for com­mu­nity lead­ers and key de­ci­sion mak­ers who want to en­sure their or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses are po­si­tioned for the fu­ture.”

Scott thanked the event spon­sors Wells Fargo and Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion for keep­ing the event af­ford­able.

“Be­cause we work to train our youth lead­ers of to­mor­row, Dr. Pas­tor’s re­search re­ally res­onates with us as an or­ga­ni­za­tion and it’s a pri­or­ity for us to share his mes­sage,” Scott said.

The Break­through Leader Break­fast is hosted in con­junc­tion with the Coatesville Youth Con­fer­ence, which will be held free-of-charge on Satur­day, Nov. 12 for 350 Ch­ester County stu­dents in grades 6–12. For more in­for­ma­tion on the con­fer­ence or to pur­chase break­fast tick­ets at $30 per per­son or $500 spon­sor­ship for ta­ble of ten, visit www.coatesvil­ley­outh­con­fer­ence.com.

CYI is an in­de­pen­dent non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to youth-led, trans­for­ma­tional com­mu­nity change. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.coatesvil­ley­outhini­tia­tive.org.

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