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February 11, 2014

Welcome to the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition website.

The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition lead by Community Mobilizer DonnaLea Pyrz and Board President Dr. Christopher Hey is privileged to announce in April of 2017, that the coalition received a two year grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  The grant provides funding for the coalition to continue working on their mission of keeping youth in the community healthy safe and drug free.  As part of the grant guidelines, the Communities that Care (CTC) operating system will continue to be incorporated into the current coalition program.  The CTC operating system is a proven, nationally based research program.

The Indian Valley Character Counts Coalition was developed as an initiative of the North Penn YMCA in 1997. The coalition consists of local businesses and organizations that offer many different services in the community. Working with the new CTC operating system, the coalition plans to assess the gaps in services to develop a stronger group that works together more efficiently. Currently the coalition is addressing risks identified from the 40 Developmental Assets Survey, however, the coalition plans to include the use of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAY’s) as an additional assessment tool for evaluation of risk and protective factors. The addition of the PAY’s survey will help the coalition gather new data to identify factors that put youth in the Indian Valley at risk for substance abuse and risky behavior.

In simplest terms a coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal.  That goal could be as narrow as obtaining funding for a specific intervention, or as broad as trying to improve the overall quality of life for most people in the community.  By the same token, the individuals and organizations involved might be drawn from a narrow interest, or might include representatives of nearly every segment of the community depending upon the breadth of issues.

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Greetings from the President!

February 11, 2014

update:  May, 2017

At the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, our mission is to promote positive youth development by providing information, supporting programs and strengthening community relationships that promote the principles of Character Counts! and that build assets to help youth stay healthy, safe and drug-free.

As a “Communities That Care” Coalition, we strive to effect positive change through practices that have been proven to work in other communities across the country.  We have been fortunate to receive multiple grants for this work, and also continue to receive overwhelming support for local residents, business leaders and officials.  These supports are critical as we work towards fulfilling our goals.


As president of the Coalition’s Executive Committee, I am honored to be part of a community which places such a strong emphasis on building character in young people.  I remain committed to continuing this tradition and finding new ways to help our youth face the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Christopher D. Hey, Ed.D.


Thank you to all of our partners for helping to make the Prescription Medicine Take Back Day a success.

  • Franconia Police Department
  • Maplewood Estates at Peter Becker Community
  • Landes Supermarket



April 3, 2017

EMPTY YOUR HOUSE OF RX DRUGS! DISPOSE OF YOUR UNWANTED/UNUSED PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES TODAY! The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition an Initiative of the North Penn YMCA assisted by the Franconia Township Police Department will be holding a prescription drug Take Back event on April 29, 2017 at Maplewood Estates, Peter Becker Community, in participation with […]

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Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition Town Hall Meeting-October 21, 2016

October 27, 2016

On October 21, 2016, the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition held a Town Hall meeting at the LCBC Church in Harleysville, PA.  Community leaders and students from the Souderton Area School District were invited to the Town Hall meeting to hear the results of student surveys (PAYS Pennsylvania Youth Survey and the Search Institute Attitudes […]

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Save the Date! October 21, 2016

August 10, 2016

Save the date!  On October 21, 2016, the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition invites all Key Community Leaders to attend the Indian Valley Character Counts! Town Hall Meeting.  The meeting is being held at the LCBC Church on Sumneytown Pike, in Harleysville, PA. During our Town Hall Meeting we will be releasing the data from […]

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Prescription Medicine Take Back Day-April 30, 2016

March 30, 2016

On Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, an initiative of the North Penn YMCA assisted by the Franconia Township Police Department, will be accepting unused and unwanted prescription medications as part of “Take Back Day,” sponsored by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Police Chiefs Association of […]

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November 4, 2015

The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition would like to recognize Indian Crest Middle School for developing this outstanding community project. Developing a sense of community service extends beyond what is taught in a classroom setting. At Indian Crest, we are encouraging students to actively participate in the community in which they live. Our emphasis is […]

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September 30, 2015

Join the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition as we celebrate National Character Counts! Week.  Character Counts! week is the largest celebration of character worldwide.  The program provides our youth a framework for positive living and making the right choices.  Join our coalition as we celebrate the character of those in our community during the week […]

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Montgomery County Prescription Take Back Day – April 25, 2015

April 14, 2015
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Heroin In The Valley

March 27, 2015

On March 12, 2015, the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition hosted a communihty conversation, “Heroin in the Valley, Joining together to prevent substance abuse.”  Senator Stewart Greenleaf, R-12th Distritct, was on hand to open the forum.  Addressing the audience he stated, “We need to turn the tide on the issue, before too many of our […]

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March 9, 2015

  Parents, children and a big RED dog, gathered together for a night of reading, dancing and crafts for Family Reading Night on Friday, February 27, 2015. The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, an initiative of the North Penn YMCA, hosted the event, supported by a grant from the Target Foundation.  The grant provided funds […]

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