Partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Michael Koester’s focus on the importance of education and desire to dedicate time to service brought him to the Comprehensive Youth Development Board over 10 years ago. “I was drawn to the mission and to the population that it serves at a school like MCNDHS. Helping older students, many of whom are at risk, to prepare for success in life, starting with earning their diploma, is no small objective.” One of the board perks Michael enjoys is attending graduation. “Taking pride in hard work. Persevering through adversity. Working to achieve a better track in life. The close connection and affection between the students and their teachers. These are all things that so many of the students take great pride in. This is on full display at graduation. I find that their passions inspire me to work harder and to do better myself.”
Michael is a partner at Goldman Sachs where he has worked for over 20 years. As a Board member, he finds that the “work is never done and it’s not easy. That’s a big part of what has kept me engaged.”
A month ago we updated our name from CDI to Comprehensive Youth Development to better identify what we’ve always believed – that youth are at the center of our mission, along with their families and the world that impacts their lives.
Since that time, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, not just for the young people and families we serve, but for all of us. With the many changes affecting our schools, CYD staff and partners have come together like never before. Our schools have gone to remote education and CYD is also providing remote services at the same time. Our priorities include the following.
• Working closely with our schools’ leadership to design a work plan that meets the needs of every student. To that end, CYD staff has remote access to all pertinent information to assist students and their families.
• We are identifying and working closely with our most vulnerable clients including students in temporary housing, older youth who are out of work, our immigrant families, and families who are experiencing job loss.
• Our executive team is meeting with our foundation, city, and state partners to make sure we are sharing the most up to date information and support services.
• College and career advisors and student support advisors are conducting meetings via Zoom, Google meet, FaceTime and the telephone – calling students daily to assist them for preparing for life after high school as well as with their present needs.
• Monitoring our finances closely and examining possible impacts from the COVID-19 crisis.
• Engaging and updating our board and working together to plan forward.
Students have now experienced their first week of remote learning, which overall has gone very well. We look forward to using this unprecedented time to grow and to help all those we serve move forward in a constructive and positive way. One way we are doing that is by creating a resource directory that will be continually updated, These resources are meant for all of us – so if you or a colleague, friend or family member have need please share:
We will continue to keep you updated over the next weeks.
Stay safe and healthy.
Michael Roberts, MSW