York Revolution to host first College Town Takeover event


York City wants students attending college in the area to become more involved in city life.

They want York City to be their playground, said state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City.

"They go to school here, and then they'll (hopefully) stay here, stick around, get a job here, raise a family, enjoy York, make it their home," said Schreiber, who relocated to York after moving here to attend York College.

The city is partnering with local companies and three institutions of higher education — York College, HACC and Penn State York — to put on a series of events called College Town Takeovers and engage students in city activities and happenings.

The first such event, called College Town Takeover with the Revolution, will be on Monday at the York Revolution game at Santander Stadium. Tickets are $4, and gates open at 4 p.m.

Getting involved: City officials, business owners and school administrators hope to foster a symbiotic relationship that benefits everyone, said Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the Center for Community Engagement at York College.

The college wants to help businesses and other organizations in the city to develop ideas that fit the needs of the students, he said.

"We want businesses to think about how to serve our students and benefit from that," he said.

It would be good "if there were more music venues, venues for the performing arts ... spaces where students can show off their work in the arts or other areas."

York College is interested in working with Marketview Arts, Royal Square Development and the York County Heritage Trust, among others, he said.

The Graham Innovation Scholars, an entrepreneurship program focused on innovation, is one of the college's liaison groups to the city.

The program requires students to travel to various sites in the city — Central Market, for example — and observe, then write down ways the place could be improved.

Schreiber has led groups of York College students around town.

Last year, he took freshmen from the student union through the city, and he will do the same thing this year.

Schreiber said student involvement in city life is a "huge benefit to the city, and it gets stronger as each year goes by."