Youth Programs at the Melton Center

Scholarship Reception Flyer 2019

The Charles A Melton Center Scholarship


On Saturday, December 21, 2019  the Melton Center will hold the 31st Annual Charles A. Melton Scholarship Reception at the Melton Center, 501 East Miner Street in West Chester, starting at 12:00 PM in the Leslie Pinckney Hill Auditorium (Miner St. Entrance). 
This is an event where we congratulate and award deserving college students from 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!


New Directions


The New Directions Program started in January 2010 with a grant allocation from the Moody's foundation. The Program is an academic skill building and recreational program offered by Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center.

The Mission of the New Directions program is the following:


~ To help children in elementary and middle schools practice academic skills through tutoring and homework assistance.


~ To assist students in developing socialization and coping skills and in developing a positive self-image.


~ To build relationships between students, counselors, and parents to insure the attainment of each student’s goals.


~ Moody's Foundation to provide trips as incentives and to reinforce classroom learning.


The Program runs through the school year on Mondays-Thursdays, from 4PM - 6PM.



The New Directions After School Program will be starting again the first Monday in October. Click the link below to fill out our Student Registration Form or our Academic Coach Application Form for this year! You may e-mail the form to: or return to the Center Mon-Thursday 12PM-7PM.

“Since kindergarten Dante, who is now in his 3rd marking period in first grade, has been in a reading and writing group. This group is designed for students that are a little slower learners in those areas. As of Monday 4/7/14, I am so proud to share that Dante is no longer in the reading group and no longer has a reading/writing chart monitoring his progress; he is now able to read and write at his first grade level. This achievement has come from a lot of hard work on his part but also from the help and hard work of the staff of New Direction. I personally want to "THANK" everyone for all they have done and continue to do for the children that attend the program.”


A New Directions grandparent!

The New Directions Program is an academic skill building and recreational program for 1st through 5th grade students from the West Chester Area.

For More Info or Questions:

Jamie Atkins

Program Coordinator:

For More Info or Questions:

Shannon Gillespie

WCU Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs



Academic Tutor Orientation First Tuesday of each month 6:00 pm at the Melton Center


Melton Center Gymnasium Open Hours


Youth Open Hours


Monday - Thursday:    3:00 - 4:30 pm


Cost:    $1.00 Fee per day

The Melton Center Summer Basketball League


The Melton Center Basketball League has a Boys Division (8-16 years) & a Girls Division (8-13 years). All games take place at the Melton Center Outdoor Courts. The first games take place in June & continue through  August. Some games may be played on Sunday evenings depending on the number of teams and if there are any rain dates to make up.

The Melton Center's 2018 Summer Basketball League:




Growing Examples


The Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, with aid from the Willistown Conservation Trust & the Chester County Food Bank, is now operating the "Growing Examples" program.

The Trust provides potting soil, containers, and technical assistance to participants in an effort to foster education about gardening, the environment, and nutrition. This community container garden is open to all.

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The Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center

501 E Miner Street

West Chester, PA 19382