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In 2020-2021, CYD transitioned to fully remote programming and successfully continued to serve students during the pandemic’s 18-month shutdown.

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Howard Friedman and Brooke Astor, who donated an endowment to refurbish Manhattan Comprehensive’s historic library and pay for its upkeep in perpetuity.

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The building that now houses Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School and Comprehensive Youth Development is built as the free Hebrew Technical School for Girls, to introduce young immigrant women to academics, millinery, and office work.

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Manhattan Comprehensive is founded by Howard Friedman to serve older, undercredited students in a night program to allow them to work during the day. First graduating class: 25 students. Volunteers step in to provide tutoring and college advisement.

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Manhattan Comprehensive adds a day program and begins to admit immigrant English Language Learners, a group that still represent a large proportion of the school’s population.

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Volunteers incorporate Comprehensive Development, Inc. as a nonprofit to serve Manhattan Comprehensive students. As a fledgling organization, CDI formalizes services and adds support.

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CDI and Manhattan Comprehensive collaborate to design and fund the addition of a sixth floor to the school for science labs.

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Ten years after incorporating, Manhattan Comprehensive has become the largest transfer school in the city and CDI is serving 800 students. CDI is awarded its first government contract with Learning to Work, which stabilizes funding and allows us to expand student services.

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CDI establishes the Legal Information Clinic to serve immigrant students, and partners with Legal Aid Society and The Door.

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We expand college and career services to 1,700 students ages 14-18 at The High School for Health Professions and Human Services.

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