Oumar, a student at Manhattan Comprehensive, is applying to college and working as a peer tutor, thanks to his counselors at CYD. He is happy to be back in school, and his future is bright.
Comprehensive Youth Development partners with NYC public high schools to prepare young adults, ages 14- 24, to secure a successful future for themselves and their families. Through this partnership, our students develop the capability to graduate from high school and make informed decisions on higher education and careers.
Since 1995, Comprehensive Youth Development (formerly Comprehensive Development, Inc.) has worked with and for underserved youth ages 14-24, dismantling the barriers to high school graduation and paving the way to pursue further education or a career with future potential.
In partnership with three public high schools, Comprehensive Youth Development provides college and career exposure and preparation, financial aid and scholarship assistance, tutoring, test preparation, and connections to legal guidance, housing assistance, financial support and more, all free and personalized to each student’s specific needs. We currently serve nearly 4,000 students and alumni each year.
Our students and staff have returned to school in person with a mix of emotions, but mostly joy for us all to be back as a community again. With strict health protocols in place, CYD’s focus now is to rebuild on two levels: to rebuild our community and to rebuild the aspirations of our young people. This year’s theme, “GOING FORWARD,” reflects our dedication to rebuilding.
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CYD is incredibly proud of the over 750 students from our three partner schools who prevailed through the pandemic shutdown and graduated on June 25, 2021. We are rooting for them as they begin their college careers, pursue job training, or enter the workforce.
As the school year comes to an end, CYD college and career advisors are there to help seniors finalize their plans for life after high school, whether that’s for college, job training, or employment. Our goal is for all graduates to leave with a workable, thoughtful postsecondary plan.
“I check in daily with CYD to stay focused. They’ve helped me apply for unemployment and plan best ways to work as soon as it’s possible. Setting deadlines and managing my time has been challenging. But I’m motivated! I still plan to graduate next year and study computer engineering and climate science.”
“I’m proud to be a first responder as an EMT during this crisis. When I graduated from CYD’s Career Academy last year, I never expected this. I got amazing training so I’m prepared. I won’t deny that it’s scary and that I come home exhausted, but I focus on making sure my patients get to the hospital safely, and their families know they are in good hands. Stay safe everyone.”
“Distance learning is different! In school, time is managed for you. At home it’s on you. But I’ve been managing and even helping my 11-year-old sister. I’ve been accepted at Syracuse University. The only reason I’m not stressed out right now is because of CYD. They helped me plan my applications and financial aid in advance.”
“My dad lost his job and I took a couple weeks off from food delivery because I was nervous. I’m back at my job because we need the money, but I wear a mask and am careful. I talk to my CYD advisor a lot. I’m studying my hardest so I still graduate in 2021. Then college for business or criminal justice.”