Schreiber
Schreiber

The story of state Rep. Kevin Schreiber might be the opposite of "Brain Drain," the phenomenon in which people come to York to be educated but then leave to find employment and settle elsewhere.

The Chester County native stayed after graduating from York College, taking a job with the city before being elected to the House of Representatives earlier this year.

"And I married a York native, so now I'm not going anywhere," he told a group of students and faculty at Harrisburg Area Community College's York Campus Thursday.

Schreiber, D-York City, held a press conference at the school to announce the formation of a Collegiate Advisory Council to allow students enrolled at any of York County's post-secondary institutions to weigh in on policies relevant to them.

The 33-year-old is the youngest politician in York's delegation in Harrisburg, and he said he

wants to engage young people and give them an avenue to become active in their communities.

Schreiber and his staff will appoint nine students to one-year terms, during which they would meet monthly and discuss legislative issues. The group would create a report of recommendations for policy or program changes based on their research.

Student concerns: Jean Treuthart, vice president of HACC's York Campus, said student concerns vary from campus to campus. The average age at HACC York is 27 and the campus recently graduated a "great-great grandmother," she said, so the campus has a "diverse voice."

Funding is a worry for many students, and they care about how much the government is kicking in for the cost of their education, she said.

And with so many older students, childcare and family issues are also likely to top her students' policy concerns, she said.

David Gonazalez is president of York College's student senate. The 21-year-old Easton native said he thinks the new council will strengthen the bond between the college and the community, a goal students are already working toward by serving on other committees in downtown York, he said.

And while Schreiber was touting the council as a potential way to stop the brain drain in York, Gonzalez said staying after graduation isn't his first preference.

"I'm hoping to get a job at the State Department ... in Foreign Embassies," he said. "But I would stay if something came up."

Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of Academic Affairs and an English professor at York College, said the council will give young people -- who are often cynical about government -- a chance to be involved.

Whether they plan to leave or stay after graduation, they should still do what they can to improve the community, he said.

-- Staff writer Christ ina Kauffman can also be reached at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.