MCNDHS students working together pre-pandemic
Comprehensive Youth Development is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a new $100,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. CYD will use the funding will address the critical needs of immigrant students at Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School as they transition from school to college, career, or job.
“The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grant will allow us to provide comprehensive programming to our immigrant youth,” said Margaret Aylward, Assistant Executive Director. “CYD and the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCHF) share a commitment to improving the well-being of New York’s poor, underserved youth. Education, training, employment, and the ability to advocate for pressing needs – from healthcare to social justice – are tools that allow youth to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage that impacts on their health and wellness.”
Some 65% of students at Manhattan Comprehensive are recent immigrants, born in more than 50 countries of all regions of the world. Most are the first in their families to consider postsecondary education or training; many are the first to graduate from high school. The grant will cover college and career readiness services, including postsecondary planning and advisement, academic tutoring, and legal information and support for immigrant seniors.
MCHF’s mission is to help address health and health-related needs of New Yorkers regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or background, as well as the social determinants of health that improve health outcomes, including nutrition, housing, education, and employment.
“Our grants seek to ensure that essential health and social service providers receive the support necessary to address an unprecedented level of health-related needs across New York State,” said Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, CEO of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the US and the largest foundation focused exclusively on New York State. The Foundation is named after St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, known as Mother Cabrini, herself an immigrant in New York and a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor. MCHF awarded nearly $150 million in its first round of grants in 2020.
CYD is honored to be a Mother Cabrini Health Foundation 2021 grantee.
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