The Ivan & Zach Firefighters Memorial Gardens are just the beginning of a neighborhood transformation! 

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As forces came together to alleviate the trauma of Covid, we are working with neighborhoods to (re)create the platforms they need to become empowered.

The world upheaval this year has only magnified the importance of the work York XL is doing. For many of our chronically poor neighborhoods, the disruption of COVID and the lessons from #BlackLivesMatter is nothing new. It's the same trauma they have been experiencing for centuries. 
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We are at the cutting edge of neighborhood engagement - building trust and helping neighborhoods activate the skills they already have to create and then implement their vision for their neighborhood. 

Let's be


Exceptional communities made up of existing residents do not sprout up overnight.  But it is possible discover and create catalysts--people, projects, partnerships--that will have exponential effects.

Let's be

Happy & Healthy

Happy communities are a result of engaged people who have a seat at the table and who actively participate in continuous self and community improvement.

Lasting change does not happen from the top down, from the center out, or from the outside in; only genuine community involvement can sustain the good health of a community.

Let's be


Let's believe people are skillful, gritty, and passionate from the get go, and not in need of being "completed." Let's believe we have

Empowered People In (our) Communities.

Call To Action


For over four years, York XL has been meeting neighbors where they live - in the east part of York City. We've hosted 17 Street Meets, held "First in the Street" First Friday event, and invited many organizations to better maintain the gardens on Greenway. We continue our work this year in a BIG WAY through our imminent introduction of our EPIC Strategy that looks to address why our urban neighborhoods have not been able to share the prosperity of other areas such as Downtown York and the York County suburbs.


About Us


It's fitting that York XL begun at a 2017 meeting of York residents sipping coffee on the second floor of i-ron-ic  Coffee Shop & Art Boutique, a York gem that welcomes all and believes that "the three key ingredients to creating the ultimate York experience are art, coffee, and community." Since then, dozens of people diverse in gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, income, religious beliefs, and political ideology have contributed their passions, ideas, sweat, and tears to create the York XL we are today.

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7 E Market St, Lower Level
York, PA 17401


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