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Lesly Sanchez initially struggled to fit in after she moved to the US. After getting introduced to CYD, everything changed. She is now enrolled in graduate program with Hunter College for advance bilingual certification, and she hopes to pursue a career in teaching and law so that she can help better the lives of other immigrants like herself.
Virtual movie nights, tours of the White House, and basketball drafts are just some of the creative avenues that CYD advisors have developed to help build relationships with students they may never have met in person. “A fun event opens the door,” says Sebastian Munn. “Then we begin to talk about college and career plans.”
30 young women from Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day School are being guided through the national award-winning “Real As Me” Girls’ Empowerment curriculum, which uses a story based approach to the provide a structure and a safe space for young women to find their voices and build confidence and skills. Groups meet once a week to delve into discussions about topics such as sexuality and identity, and navigating difficult home lives and body issues.
Briana Carp has been CYD’s Director of Legal Information since 2010. Located onsite at Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, CYD’s Legal Information Clinic provides legal information and referrals to CYD students, focusing on immigration issues.
CYD asked students what they thought about COVID-19, the shutdown, job loss, the protests after George Floyd’s death, and remote learning. Here is what the top three essayists told us.
I came to CYD after I got my master’s degree in school counseling at Columbia. I did an intern year at a high school focusing on the college process. I loved it. From there, I found the position at CYD where I’ve been for three years. I’m a college counselor at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services (HPHS).
Comprehensive Youth Development celebrates the 693 graduates from Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, City-As-School High School, and The High School for Health Professions and Human Services! Students persisted in the face of a school shutdown, the anxiety of a global pandemic, and the launch of a new civil rights movement.
“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.”
Even amid the school’s closure, tutoring is active for Manhattan Comprehensive students via videoconference. Ammar has continued to work on math and computer science with his tutor, Adam Aleksa. They have worked out an ingenious, collaborative method where Ammar shares his homework on screen and Aleksa captures it in a screenshot…
Since 2015, more than 200 young people have completed CYD’s postsecondary healthcare training program, The Career Academy. This innovative training program for our alumni and other city high school graduates is a partnership with Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development.