Penn's Youth Initiative

About Us

Who We Are

Penn’s Youth Initiative (PYI) is a nonprofit organization that partners with schools and youth organizations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to help address the social and emotional challenges that adolescents face on a regular basis. By utilizing an evidence-based, peer reviewed curriculum, we conduct classroom presentations that get teens talking about relevant, age-appropriate topics with a fun spin. There is no better way to learn how to build healthy relationships!

Our enthusiastic Program Educators comprise an array of professionals with backgrounds in education, medicine, science, and humanities. Each one has met PYI’s standards of practice for professional development and are trauma-informed, culturally competent, and current on PA background checks.

PYI, Inc. and our affiliates serve the following counties:

Franklin, Adams, York, Lancaster, Berks, Schuylkill, Northampton and Lehigh. 

We have two local offices:

983 Lincoln Way E.
Chambersburg, PA 17201

400 Main Street, Suite 4
York Springs, PA 17372

Please call 848-PA-YOUTH for more information.

Meet the Team

Cindy Janczyk, BSN

Program Director

cindy@pennsyouth.org

Rebecca Zentz

Operations Director

becca@pennsyouth.org

Melissa Hetrick

Administrative & Financial Manager

melissa@pennsyouth.org

Nicole Diller

Social Media Specialist

nicole@pennsyouth.org

Robyn Blumhorst

Program Educator

robyn@pennsyouth.org

Maria Marker

Program Educator

maria@pennsyouth.org

"What does SEL mean to PYI?"

While teaching young people about relationships there is no doubt that lesson topics will touch on the social and emotional aspects of life. We would like to be clear, however, about what our content does:

  • Promotes a healthy identity among students (self confidence, belief in oneself, etc.)
  • Helps students manage emotions and develop appropriate social skills
  • Helps students develop a sense of empathy for others
  • Allows students to understand healthy relationships, how to sustain them, and how to troubleshoot them
  • Helps students acquire the skills and mindsets to make responsible decisions
  • Promotes “mindfulness,” which focuses on an awareness of self and others “in the moment”

We recognize that the social and emotional components of an individual’s health are vitally important to the balance of the whole person. Therefore, our approach is one of sensitivity with a lighthearted candor that facilitates an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.