Philadelphia – WCU

The Philadelphia region is hosted by the Rustin Urban Community Change Axis (RUCCAS), a collective impact organization formed by and for West Chester University and regional urban community-based organizations, government and school partners. RUCCAS currently houses the Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies (YES) Program, founded in 2012,which is an 18-credit, interdisciplinary, community-engaged, place-based, urban social-change focused academic minor. The mission of YES is to amplify through study and action a critical understanding of the role youth can play in social change in Philadelphia.

For more information, visit the program’s website or contact Hannah Ashley at