Category: The Center

2nd Annual West Chester Juneteenth Festival and Events at the CAMC

We invite the entire West Chester community and surrounding areas to attend our events. We are looking for vendors, we would like to spotlight local Black and Brown owned business.

VENDORS: If you are interested in participating, please register below.

EVENT SPONSORS: By sponsoring the Juneteenth Festival, you will directly contribute to our program and receive co-branding opportunities. What a great way to show your support! There are several sponsorship opportunities. We appreciate your support in continuing the tradition of our Juneteenth Festival to raise awareness, and to raise funding for our programs.

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CAMC Announces the Appointment of New Executive Board Members

Collaboration and partnership to provide programs and resources for the community is strengthened with The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center’s (CAMC) new Executive Officers.

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center is proud to announce the appointment of a newly elected executive leadership team. The president, vice-president, and treasurer positions are interim positions, with the expectation being they will be part of the slate of officers to be voted on by the Board of Directors in June 2022 in time for the new financial year starting July 1, 2022. The officers bring a diverse and unique set of experiences, along with a commitment and dedication to the West Chester community and a passion for the growth of Melton Center programming and reach within the community. Together, they will provide strategic guidance and support the Melton Center’s continued growth.

Dr. Koreem Bell, President – Dr. Bell, an educator, is a long-time volunteer at the Melton Center, both as a board member, and as a coordinator for the annual Charles A. Melton Scholarship Banquet. Born and raised in West Chester, he currently works as a secondary school counselor for the West Chester Area School District. Dr. Bell earned his doctorate writing about the history of the West Chester Community Center. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester.

Keith Cochran, Vice-President – Affectionately known as Coach, has been a fixture in the West Chester community for over 20 years. He is a former substitute teacher and basketball coach at West Chester Bayard Rustin high School. He is a mentor, friend and confidant to many. He believes in investing in people and began volunteering at the Melton Center because of its reputation as a centerpiece of the West Chester community. He believes inclusion is the core of the center. He states “that’s the feeling I get every time I enter the Melton Center. You feel it from the staff, the kids, and the visitors.” Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Cleveland State University and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from West Chester University. Keith currently works at the Chester County Intermediate Unit in the Human Resource Department. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his wife Tammy and kids, KJ and Kayla.

Jennifer Johnson, Secretary – Jennifer has served as Board Secretary since June 2021. She is a Marketing Manager with Ricoh where she also leads Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She has 15 years of experience in Marketing and Communications and is a graduate of Temple University. Her passion and commitment to service and community started early on and has spanned her career, she continues to look for and create opportunities to get involved. Jennifer lives in West Chester with her husband, Derrick, and two young children, Jewel and Duke.

Lisa Dorsey, Treasurer – In 2008, Lisa joined the board, and shortly after, she was elected President of the Board of Directors, and held the role until December 2020. During that time, Lisa assisted guiding the board and staff methodically through strategic and financial planning that has positioned the Melton Center for the future and as a beacon in the community. She is a West Chester native that grew up going to the West Chester Community Center as a young child in Head Start with Mrs. Bertha Williams through high school and Senior Pals with Mr. James Bell. Lisa is Senior Director at FIS. In July 2020, Lisa was appointed to West Chester Borough Council as an interim council member of the 7th ward, and in November 2021, was elected to Borough Council after her interim appointment. In January 2022, Lisa was elected Vice-President by her Borough Council peers, where she continues to serve and support the West Chester community.

Bell, Cochran, and Dorsey were elected to their interim positions in March 2022. Along with Johnson, the executive leadership team is excited to continue their work with the entire board, Executive Director Ken Winston, the Melton Center staff, and the volunteers that give their time for the betterment of the West Chester community.

About Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center
The mission of the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center is to contribute to the quality of life for all people of the greater West Chester community by continuing the long commitment of providing educational, recreational, cultural, and civic service opportunities.
Its programs and services include youth educational resources, enrichment, and advocacy programs, sports and recreation leagues, senior resources, and partnerships with local colleges and universities. The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization.

If you have ideas for community programs or wish to volunteer and be a part of the Melton Center, please contact Dr. Koreem Bell at (610) 692-9290.

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THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION

Dear Friends, Students, and Parents,

 On Saturday, December 18, 2021, the Melton Center will hold its 33rd Annual Charles A. Melton Scholarship Reception at 501 East Miner Street, West Chester, PA 19382. The event will run from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM in the Leslie Pinckney Hill Auditorium (Miner St. Entrance)

 This event is where we congratulate and award deserving first-year college students from our local church, civic, social and educational institutions. We are all aware of the importance of education today, and how imperative it is to support such efforts! 

We humbly ask that you do one or more of the following: 

  • RSVP if you would like to attend in person by Friday, December 10th
  • Attend the reception on December 18th, and bring a student!
  • Sponsor a student by paying for one or both of the enclosed tickets. 

The cost of admission to the reception is $25 for adults and $5 for current high school or college students. To RSVP,  contact rwashington@meltoncenter.org and info@meltoncenter.org, or call the Melton Center at (610) 692-9290. Proceeds from this event help replenish the Charles A. Melton Scholarship Fund. 

 Attention college sophomores, juniors and seniors: applications for a book award from the Charles A. Melton Scholarship Fund can be obtained from Dr. Korey Bell (kbell1@wcasd.net) or the Melton Center website, www.meltoncenter.org. The scholarship application must be completed and returned to the Melton Center by Friday, December 10, 2021.

 Thank you for your continued support! We hope to see all of you at the Charles A. 

Melton Scholarship Reception on December 18th!

 

Sincerely,

 Charles A. Melton Scholarship Committee President: Alice M. Thomas     

Charles A. Melton Scholarship Committee Members: Alice Hammond, Larashia Hammond, Silver Melton, Renee Washington, Stan Edwards, and Korey Bell

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Health Screenings – October 21st

Chester County Hospital/Penn Medicine will be resuming their monthly CHEC Point Health Evaluation Center here at Melton on October 21, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 pm. CHEC Point was established (here at Melton) in partnership with FOSCI as a part of Melton Center’s Expanded Services program. 

We are excited to resume the program which is a partnership between Chester County Hospital/Penn Medicine, Filet of Soul, and The Melton Center and is supported in part by United Way of Chester County. The 6-month program offers free health screenings (blood pressure and weight) and will offer also a blood screening on November 18, 2021.

 

 

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Young Ladies Thriving

*** Attention 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders! Join us to learn about our newest program – Young Ladies Thriving. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nourishing Minds and Bodies

We are delighted to ring in a new school year with lots of exciting in-person activities. 

Welcome Back, M.O.B.B.Y.!

Last week, we kicked off our M.O.B.B.Y program with photography and entrepreneurial lessons from local photographers, Wayne Dixon Photography
and Peter Guman Photography! They covered everything from the importance of finding the right angle to tell a story, and the importance of photography throughout history. 

M.O.B.B.Y is a new program was focused on young black and brown male students. Bi-weekly meetings provide educational, recreational, cultural and civic experiences for these youth. Monthly trips are planned to: expose young men to the arts; introduce them to work experiences in fields such as the culinary arts, law, and engineering; introduce them to local law enforcement; establish financial literacy; visit local historically black colleges: meet with local lawmakers; and educate, discuss, and exchange ideas in public events.

If you’re interested in speaking with our students, please contact us! 

West Chester's Newest Little Free Library

Did you know that two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own? Studies have shown, the more access to books (especially at home), the greater chance of a child learning to read and loving books. 📚

We are so excited to have a new Little Free Library right on Miner St. We’d like to thank the West Chester Green Team for funding our library, and The Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club for putting it together! Stop by Miner St. to fall in love with your next read.

New Program: Young Ladies Thriving

Calling all 9th and 10th graders young ladies, come join our newest program! 

School's Back in Session

After sixteen months of virtual programming, we are so excited to welcome back our New Direction students in person!  This year, the West Chester Food Cupboard will be donating nutritious snacks weekly for our students. We’d like to thank them for supporting our students.

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Build a Foundation for Our Future

Help Us Build an Educational Academy

Started in 2010, New Directions is an afterschool academic and social-emotional skill-building K-8 students from low-income backgrounds in West Chester, PA.

Prior to summer 2021, the New Directions program didn’t have a designated space. They used the theater and gym as makeshift classrooms for programming, reading time, mentoring, and social activities. 

  • Neither room provided the privacy needed for conversations between 30 students and 30 coaches. Would you want to confide that you’re having trouble in school with your best friends right next to you?
  • The program’s supplies had to be constantly shifted when the room was rented out or used by other groups. 

We Need You​

This summer, we began using the downstairs space for our Summer STEAM camp, reading coaching, mentoring, and more. The private offices make for natural private tutoring spaces. Our volunteers have cultivated a beautiful, diverse library. There is an arts and crafts corner, a college connection area, as well as a classroom. 

We see this space as the foundation of our future. Having an enriching, educational space will allow us to grow our current programming and add more down the line. 

In order to keep this space, we need to raise $50,000 by October 1st. 

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Thanks for a Fantastic Season!

We would like to thank all of our coaches, players, volunteers, and staff for a fantastic season! Congrats to this year’s winners. We look forward to our 2022 season!

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