Tireless energy, compassion and commitment are just some of the descriptive words for David Chaney, Sr. His every action is focused on the best outcomes for youth and the community. He is centered on connecting those engaged in the same work, he is centered on justice initiatives, especially for the youth in Philadelphia, and he is centered on ensuring no young person is left out of an opportunity. Thus, our farewell is bittersweet.

In 2005, Chaney joined the team at Youth Emergency Service as a case manager for the Runaway and Homeless Youth program. From the very beginning he made his mark in the city. He immediately began connecting with agencies, spreading the word about services for runaway and homeless youth and always, always going above and beyond. From Family Court to Ben Franklin High School – David Chaney, Sr. is a name everyone knows.

“I chose to work for YSI because I love working with youth and helping them navigate life’s issues,” said Chaney.


A native Philadelphian, David spent time in North Carolina prior to starting at Youth Service, Inc. and is a graduate of St Augustine’s College where he studied economics.  He holds a master’s degree in Youth Ministry form Grand Canyon University.  His time in North Carolina mirrored his work in Philadelphia where he worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Halifax County becoming their assistant director.  He also volunteered through the Enfield North Carolina Police Athletic League where he coached football and summer league basketball.

As a Case Manager, Chaney works with the youth and their families every day to find the best outcomes to their various situations. He is a tireless advocate who knows no “office hours,” he will be there when the youth and families need him.

Even though David is leaving Youth Service, Inc. he plans to remain connected and continue supporting the annual Teen Conference and other community projects.  He has left a permanent imprint at YES.

“I always tell the residents at YES to keep their heads up, be respectful toward others, to always understand that everyone is different, and they will run into problems. Learn from them and continue to set goals and work toward achieving them,” said Chaney.

Chaney always had words of encouragement for youth and co-workers.  Thank you for your years of dedicated service to youth, families and the community!