Forging paths to success

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.

With NYC schools closed since mid-March amid COVID-19 concerns, our staff have been working from home to continue to offer students intensive, individualized assistance via phone, email, and videoconference. We’re eager to see each other in person again but for now we’re making it work.

Forging paths to success.

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 students 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 4,000 students and alumni each year.

With NYC schools closed since mid-March amid COVID-19 concerns, our staff have been working from home to continue to offer students intensive, individualized assistance via phone, email, and videoconference. We’re eager to see each other in person again but for now we’re making it work.

Our Mission

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.

Youth at the Center of the Story

Jeremiah

After finding CYD at MCNDHS, his fourth high school, Jeremiah finally went from acting out to figuring out what really mattered to him. Now he’s working hard on his Ph.D.

Heaven

With a small child to support, college didn’t seem to be in the cards for Heaven. But after CYD helped her find an EMT program, college and her career both beckon.

Tareike

At age 19 Tareike came to NYC on his own from the Caribbean with many dreams and little direction. Today he attends college at night and works at The Rockefeller University.

Dana

A senior at HPHS, Dana has to commute to school daily from the Bronx two hours each way. But her drive to become a neurosurgeon keeps her determined and motivated.

“If you have a dream –
fight, fight, fight for it!”

Adilton Campos Mismit

Our Partner Schools