Programs & Services

NOW APRIL 2018! Calling All Artists for The First Goodridge Freedom Center Juried Art Competition!

May 19, 2017

This art contest and exhibition, to be displayed in the museum for the public, will honor William C. Goodridge and the Freedom Seekers who fought–and continue fighting–for freedom. All interpretations of the theme “Freedom Seekers” are welcome. See complete rules & deadlines here.

About the Goodridge Freedom Center: Located in downtown York, the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum is owned and operated by Crispus Attucks in the historic former home of William C. Goodridge. Goodridge achieved freedom from slavery as a boy and rose to be a prominent York businessman, Underground Railroad stationmaster, and much more!

Goodridge Freedom Center: Honoring York’s Contribution to History

November 23, 2015

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Independence through Work

October 20, 2015

The Crispus Attucks Center for Employment and Training (CACET) empowers York area residents to be self-sufficient through training, education, counseling and job placement.


The Vision of the Crispus Attucks Center for Employment and Training (CACET) is to become a self-sustaining, workforce development and training center with the capacity to expand our services to a growing and diverse population. Through these efforts, the overall standard of living for residents of Southeast York City and surrounding counties will improve along with a sense of responsibility for one’s self, family and community.


The Mission of the Crispus Attucks Center for Employment and Training (CACET) is to empower York area residents and surrounding counties through training, education, comprehensive case management, and job placement. The CACET is dedicated to providing quality customer service to all we serve. Special attention is directed to economically and socially challenged individuals, the unskilled or under-skilled, and youth and young adults.

Programs of the Center for Employment and Training are covered in detail below.

Get Help Finding & Preparing for Work

Apply for work through Crispus Attucks Center for Employment and Training (CACET)
Location: 620 S George St, York

General Employment Services

This program was developed to serve young adults ages 19 to 24 who are seeking employment. We strive to empower participants in the York County area (York City in particular), to attain self-sufficiency through training, education, counseling, and job placement.

Adult Employment Services

The Center for Employment & Training offers Basic Computer Training for adults. This training is free of charge to the public.

Youth Employment Services

The York Youth Employment Services provides in-school or out of school youth in York County the opportunity to complete their high school education, develop employability skills and skills-specific training that will ultimately put them in a position to secure gainful employment. This program targets youth between the ages of 17-22 years old.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a training program designed to assist the mature worker, age 55 and older, in re-entering the job market.  It operates under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Under Title V of the Older Americans Act. Contact Barry Freeland at 717-848-6700 for more information.

Community Connections Job Club

The Crispus Attucks Center for Employment & Training in partnership with Harley Davidson and other members of its Business Advisory Board has launched a new employment and training initiative entitled, The Crispus Attucks Community Connections Program. This initiative is designed to connect inner-city, underserved and underrepresented populations with higher skilled employment opportunities in York and surrounding counties. This workforce development training is seeking highly motivated, unemployed or underemployed, semi to highly skilled individuals who desire to improve their employability in such areas as: manufacturing, healthcare, retail, banking, hospitality, construction and general trades. The training will be offered in a classroom setting, one night per week over an eight-week period for two hours per night. Pre-testing and assessment will be done and participants may not miss any of the sessions.

The Crispus Attucks Center for Employment & Training Business Advisory Board is made up of representatives from York County business and organizations that provide us with guidance and technical assistance. They include:

  • Career Link of York County
  • Comcast Communications
  • Dentsply Professional
  • Glatfelter Company
  • Harley Davidson Inc.
  • Kinsley Construction
  • Lowe’s
  • Memorial Hospital
  • OSS
  • Performance Group
  • Susquehanna SCORE
  • The York Water Company
  • WellSpan Health
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • White Rose Credit Union

Partners In Education Board

The Crispus Attucks Partners in Education Consortium (P.I.E) provides focused and goal oriented education and training opportunities to area residents.

  • Community Progress Council
  • Consolidated School of Business
  • Crispus Attucks Charter School
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (H.A.C.C.) – York Initiative
  • Kinsley Education Center
  • Manufacturer’s Association of South Central PA
  • Martin Memorial Library
  • Penn State-York
  • York Adams Academy
  • York City School District
  • York College of PA
  • York County Literacy Council
  • York County School of Technology
  • Yorktowne Business Institute
  • Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.)

The Crispus Attucks Association is a United Way of York County Partner Agency.  The Center for Employment & Training Youth Employment and Young Adult Employment Programs receive funding from the United Way of York County.

Building Youth through Education

September 26, 2015

The Crispus Attucks Charter School is designed to give youth the opportunity to earn their high school diploma. Along with academic classes, seniors must participate in Service Site construction training every other week. Students are also required to participate in Mental Toughness.
— Jacquie Martino-Miller, Crispus Attucks Charter School CEO


The mission of the Crispus Attucks Charter School is to prepare students to become mentally tough, by accepting responsibility for themselves. We help students develop self-esteem, self-respect, and respect for others while promoting academics, leadership and career skills, transforming our students into productive and respectable citizens in the community.

About Our School

The Crispus Attucks Charter School has successfully aligned its curriculum with the Pennsylvania Student State Standards and benchmarks. We were recognized by YouthBuild USA, our national parent organization, for our outstanding program.

The students who enter our program have committed themselves to positive change. They recite our mission statement every morning, with its focus on accepting responsibility and respectable leadership.

The school’s aim is to help each student earn a high school education, develop employability skills, provide skills training and ultimately put them in a position to further their education and secure gainful employment. This is done by having a state certified curriculum, and a teaching staff that meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education in order to receive a high school diploma. There is a Mental Toughness component that focuses primarily upon self-discipline and positive self-image.

Our constant endeavor to keep that mission alive and growing is established in the following areas and strengths:

  • Maintain a safe, encouraging, supportive learning environment.
  • Provide individualized pupil-centered education.
  • Teach students how to become effective, successful learners.
  • Motivate and educate students to realize and achieve their highest intellectual potential.
  • Instill the relevance of education for personal and professional success.
  • Help former high school dropouts earn a high school diploma by meeting YouthBuild competencies and PDE standards.
  • Encourage students to pursue post high school education in college, technical, business, or trade schools.

Applications for enrollment to grade 12 of the Crispus Attucks Charter School are available daily. Please see Ms. Feliciano in the administrative office at 605 South Duke Street for an application.

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Para Padres de habla hispana

Si tiene preguntas o precupaciones en cuanto la educacion de sus hijos, por favor comunicase con la Sra. Chris Feliciano al 848-3610 ext. 250 o por correo electronico Con mucho gusto la Sra. Feliciano lo asistira.

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Title IX Statement

Crispus Attucks Charter School shall not discriminate in their educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry or any other legally protected classification.  This policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act Title IX Statement.

For further information, contact:

Crispus Attucks Charter School
Title IX Officer
605 S. Duke St.
York, PA 17401
(717) 848-3610

Right to Know

Click here for the Crispus Attucks Right to Know Request Form.

Click here for the Crispus Attucks Right to Know Policy.


If These Walls Could Talk: The Underground History of this York Home

September 01, 2015

Goodridge's home at 123 E Philadelphia St, York hid his activities in the Underground Railroad

Goodridge’s home at 123 E Philadelphia St, York hid his activities in the Underground Railroad

Decades and decades of secrets hide inside this house. Its walls shelter stories of the lives who hid here for safety and its detailed façade covers the depth of its historical owners’ true story. This house you may have passed hundreds of times, has something it wants to tell you.

Look closely, have you ever noticed the blue historical marker on the 100 block of East Philadelphia Street? It opens the book on William C. Goodridge’s life and accomplishments, but we want to let you in on the deeper story.

William Goodridge was a wealthy businessman and Underground Railroad Station Master in YorkBefore owning this property and many others in York County, Goodridge grew up owning nothing, not even his own freedom. He was born into slavery and was sold, with his mother, to a doctor in Baltimore. Around age 6, he was sent away from Baltimore and brought to York as an indentured servant to a tanner, Reverend Dunn. He was to be freed on his 21st birthday and waited for the chance to be his own man. But when he was 16, Rev. Dunn set him free. Goodridge made the first decision for himself and left York to learn barbering. He returned around 1824 and opened up his first business venture, a barber shop. He quickly learned from listening to discussions between his diverse clients and expanded his businesses in York. Soon he sold candies, cosmetics, various fruits, and many other items at his variety store. Records show that in the 1850s he was one of the wealthiest men in York. He interacted with white businessmen and bought several of his properties from them. His business and success were well known in the area, unlike the secret activities he used his financial success to accomplish.

Goodridge's hideaway has been preserved for 142 years after his death.

Goodridge’s hideaway has been preserved for 142 years after his death.

Goodridge risked his empire by committing what was a federal offense at the time to help countless freedom seekers escape slavery and find freedom beyond the Mason-Dixon Line. Without drawing attention to himself, he used a trapdoor to his basement, false bottoms in his railcars, and hideaways in his other properties to help people on their journey to freedom. As the sole survivor of John Brown’s Harpers Ferry raid, Osborne Perry Anderson relied on Goodridge to dodge the men who chased after him. Goodridge was closely aligned with abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison, Stephen Smith, William Whipper, and William Still; he even referred to Frederick Douglass as a close friend. Men, women, and children who fled from slavery depended on Goodridge and the shelter of his residence at 123 East Philadelphia Street. His house guarded their secrets, hid their scent from vicious slave catchers, and gave them a respite from exposure to the weather. Now Crispus Attucks is working looking to expose all the secrets held in its walls.

Goodridge was connected with many other abolitionists of the time

“The Center will have unique programming that allows guests to interact in-person with history. It will give visitors a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the deep history that lies under the surface in York County.”

Soon you’ll be able to explore and discover what’s been hidden for more than a century. We are renovating his home into the Goodridge Freedom Center. When opened, this event space and educational center will give visitors a glimpse into the deep history that lies under the surface in York County. Visitors can connect the lines between Goodridge’s industries, his passion for social justice, and freedom’s implications in today’s society. The true-life story of William Goodridge has caught the attention of a wide audience  and the opening of his former residence, that we believe is a one-of-a-kind historic site, will become a place of pilgrimage  for scholars, students, and tourists from Pennsylvania and far beyond. The Center will have unique programming that allows guests to interact in-person with history.

To learn even more secrets around this project or to be notified about details for its special event contact Mya Varno, at 848-3610 x248 or

Community Connections Job Club Partner

April 30, 2015

Our technique has helped many displaced workers, but there are still some workers that require extra assistance. In order to meet each individual right where they are, we have partnered with outside organizations to help bridge the gap in our service competencies and allow for our participants to have a full portfolio of opportunities at their disposal.

The following is a brief description of some of our partners and the services that they offer.

Susquehanna SCORE: The Susquehanna Chapter of SCORE is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small businesses.  SCORE volunteers share their expertise and serve as sounding boards “For the life of your business.” SCORE is now offering Entrepreneurial & business plan writing workshops at Crispus Attucks

The South Central PA Sickle Cell Council (SCPASCC): is a nonprofit organization that provides education and health services to persons with Sickle Cell Disease and their families in today’s global environment. SCPASCC and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center partner to deliver comprehensive medical and psychosocial services.

OVR: The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. OVR is now keeping regular office hours at our JOB Club location at 620 S. George St. York PA

York County School of Technology GED program: We have also partnered with York County School of Technology to offer General Education Development (GED) examination, in order to assist participant who are seeking to earn their High School equivalency. Classes are taught daily at our Job Club Location at 620 s George Street.

We are always looking for partners who will help our participants get the help and services they so desperately need. It is our hope that these partnerships will allow us to bridge the employment gap in our community. At CACET we will never offer a handout, only a hand up.

If you would like more information about the program, or if you would like to get involved please contact us at

Senior Employment Opportunities

September 05, 2014

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)is a training program designed to assist the mature worker, age 55 and older, in re-entering the job market. It operates under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Under Title V of the Older Americans Act.

Are you 55 or older and looking for a job?

Employers value the skills and experience older workers bring to the workplace, so they are looking for people like you.  If you’re 55 or older with a low income, local organizations are ready to help you refresh your job skills and re-enter the workforce.

How does the program work?

Eligible individuals are enrolled, usually for 20 hours per week at minimum wage, in non-profit or public agencies where they receive:

  • Skill acquisition or skill enhancement opportunities
  • ŸPersonal and employment-related counseling
  • ŸAssistance in the transition to unsubsidized employment

What are the goals of the program?

Ÿ  Achieve permanent employment.

Ÿ  Provide paid training to enhance opportunities.

Ÿ  Enhance services to the community as a whole by placing the program participants in community service agencies.

Ÿ  Serve as a link between employers seeking to hire older employees and the older worker.

Types of community services:

The program provides temporary training that contributes to the general welfare of the community. Typically, SCSEP participants are offered training in:

  • Schools
  • Senior citizen centers
  • Literacy instruction
  • Nutrition programs
  • Beautification projects
  • Child care centers

How do I know if I’m eligible for SCSEP?

To be eligible for SCSEP, you must be:

  • 55 or older
  • Unemployed
  • Live in Adams or York County
  • Living on a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level

It is best to contact us to determine eligibility as not all income is counted.

What do I need to apply?

To apply, simply contact the SCSEP office listed on the back of this brochure to complete an application.  Please be sure to bring:

  • State or Federal Picture ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Documentation of any source of  income (i.e., your Social Security or Unemployment Determination)


Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
Crispus Attucks Association
500 South George Street
York, PA 17401
717-848-6719 Fax
Connecting mature workers with jobs in their community

Rental Housing

February 10, 2014

The Crispus Attucks Association is committed to providing quality, affordable housing to York community residents. If you are in the market for housing in York, please take a look at our recently published list of available units.

If you are ready to take the next step and commit to a Crispus Attucks unit, print out a copy of the rental application below. Once you have filled out the application, bring it with the following items to our 613 South George Street office to complete your rental application:

  • The application completed to the best of your ability. If you have any questions, our bilingual staff will gladly assist you in completing the application;
  • Social Security cards for all persons who will be residing in the unit;
  • proof of income;
  • and photo identification for all adults who will be residing in the unit.

Please contact the Crispus Attucks Housing Department at 717-848-3610 ext 242 or ext 253 with any questions.

Rental Application

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Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center: Preparing York’s Children for Success

August 03, 2011

“The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.” 

The Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center has been developing leaders for the York
community for the more than 75 years. Some examples are: Dr. Julia Hines-Harris, Mattie Chapman, football great Woody Bennett, and many, many others. Early intervention, along with quality programs and a genuine love for children are some of the many ingredients in developing a child’s mind. We partner with our Early Learning Center parents to provide a caring and nurturing environment for our young people.

Enroll Today

The Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center accepts applications for child care for ages 3 months to 12 years throughout the year.  Currently we have openings for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  We accept children receiving subsidized payment as well as private pay clients.  The Early Learning Center is located at 50 East Boundary Avenue, York. Call Camille Sipe at (717) 718-9620 for more information.


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What makes Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center the best place for your child:

A Caring Reputation

  • is licensed by Pennsylvania Department of Welfare – providing quality childcare since 1937
  • currently serves more than 200 children, ages 3 months – 12 years

Extraordinarily High Standards 

  • one of only nine NAEYC Accredited centers in York County (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • has the highest 4-STAR Rating in the Keystone STARS Program – exceeds state health and safety licensing requirements
  • has 15 teachers with higher education degrees: 2 Masters, 8 Bachelors, 5 Associates graduates
  • teachers continually exceed state requirements for number of training hours per year
  • classrooms scored higher than the state average when rated by an Early Childhood Consultant using a National Environmental Rating System

Focused on Learning

  • new building designed to foster learning with a rooftop playground, dedicated art and music rooms, multi-purpose room, and two infant, two toddler, four preschool, and three after school classrooms; the building opened in January 2010
  • actively involved in the school readiness initiative with Focus on Our Future and the York City School District to prepare children for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning
  • completes developmental assessments three times per year using the Ounce Scale for Infants and Toddlers and Work Sampling for preschool students
  • employs a Certified Art Teacher

Flexibility For Your Family

  • multiple payments options: Subsidy from Child Care Consultants, TANF, and/or Private-pay
  • offers a Pre-K Counts classroom for 20 students from 8:30 a.m. to Noon which includes lunch
  • provides before & after-school care and transportation

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our Early Learning Center, please contact Portia Newman 717-718-9620.

The Crispus Attucks Association is a United Way of York County Partner Agency. The Early Learning Center Program receives funding from the United Way of York County.

Youth and Family Programs

August 21, 2010

Youth volunteering for neighborhood cleanup at Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Youth volunteering for neighborhood cleanup at Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

We must empower our young people to reach their fullest potential, so that they are prepared when the “baton” is passed to them. Our goal is not to ‘fix’ youth, but to develop them. The Crispus Attucks Rising STARS (Striving To Achieve Remarkable Success) Youth and Family Program provides many after-school and summer educational, recreational, and social responsibility opportunities for youth ages 5 to 18 years old.

All youth participate in:

  1. Weekly Life Skills classes that provide gender and age appropriate empowerment and skills
  2. A minimum of 25 hours of community service each year
  3. Homework help or tutoring if they do not maintain honor roll
  4. Optional after-school and summer activities that include:
  • Annual Cultural Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  • Study Parties
  • Black and Hispanic Trivia Nights
  • Sheriff’s After School Fitness & Tutoring
  • Youth Showcase – Poetry and Short Stories
  • Workshops on Self-esteem, Study Skills, and more
  • Career Planning
  • Anti-Bullying Lessons
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Parent and Child Cafes
  • Careers Exploration
  • Community Service Projects
  • Talent shows
  • Family Nights
  • Computer Lab
  • Arts And Crafts
  • Cooking Class
  • Mother-Daughter Tea
  • Teacher Appreciation Night
  • Spanish Class- June to August
  • Creative Dramatics/ Poetry Appreciation
  • Teen Talk- once a month
  • South Side Steppers Drill Team
  • Mentoring Program
  • Kid’s Cafe

The Crispus Attucks Association is a United Way of York County Partner Agency. The Rising STARS After School and Summer Camp Programs receive funding from the United Way of York County.


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