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In these times, it has been more important than ever to keep our spirits lifted. Change has become a constant friend, and adapting to new situations is our goal at CYD.
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.
Michael Roberts shared his insights about planning for careers, why he sees courage as the most important attribute, and how to make your mark in the nonprofit world on Episode 34 of the “Career Stewardship with Michael Melcher” Podcast.
Last May, we in this nation and across the globe witnessed 9 minutes and 28 seconds of tragedy and a severe abuse of power. But we also saw the power of young people, embodied by Darnella Frazier as she stood there and filmed this atrocity knowing that justice needed to be served. George Floyd’s life mattered.
It has been a full year that staff and students have been working remotely since the COVID-19 pandemic began. One usually celebrates anniversaries, and that is what I’d like to do here. With all the losses of this past year, I am proud to say at Comprehensive Youth Development we rise up!
Happy Thanksgiving! As we approach the holidays, I have been reflecting on this thought: 2020 was not the year in which we got everything we wanted. But it is a year to appreciate everything we have.
In this remote world we miss seeing our students and each other in person. But, although we are socially distanced we’re not emotionally distanced! I am very proud of the way our staff is working closely with our schools and one another, and has come together with creativity and compassion to adapt and adjust our services.
Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. As we enter the season of giving, I want to thank all of you who support the work we do each day to help young people develop a path for success.
Noah Sorensen, class of 2018 at City-As-School, is now in his second semester at SUNY Delhi majoring in Residential Construction. In the Delhi program his time is split between the classroom and the job site where he’s learning how to build a house from the ground up.