A Letter from the Executive Director
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. I am so appreciative of all of you, and of the entire CYD family – our students, staff, Board members, funders, and partners. And I am very proud of all we’ve accomplished during this time, and of what we continue to do.
You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
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. They missed their friends, their teachers, their proms. But they didn’t let anything stand in the way of their success.
Tutoring Continues, Pandemic or No Pandemic
Even amid the school’s closure, tutoring is active for Manhattan Comprehensive students via videoconference. One example is MCNDHS student Ammar, who 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, then marks it up in real time.
Socially Distanced, 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. We continue to prepare graduating students for life after high school. The college and career teams are busy helping students, and during this time, good things are still happening!
Alumni Give Back: How to Succeed in the Real World
Six MCNDHS/CDI alumni came back to school last month to speak with current students. They gave pointers on college, covering everything from choosing the right professors to time management. The 2020 graduating class had lots of questions: “What do you wish you’d known before starting college?” “What is the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make?”
A Roadmap to Paying for College
Financial literacy is a huge priority for students and their families when they’re trying to figure out how to pay for college. CDI counselors work one-on-one with students to educate them about all their options, put together information sessions for students and parents, and host workshops and presentations to boost financial aid awareness.
Happy New Year From our Family to Yours!
In Partnership with Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, The High School for Health Professions and Human Services, City-As-School, and The Career Academy at BMC.
Our Students Give Thanks
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. We appreciate all your kindness and send our gratitude to you.
October Comes Bearing College and Career Opportunities
CDI is ushering in the fall with a wide range of post-secondary options for students! Our annual College and Career Fairs host up to 400 students, parents, and alumni.
100 Years of Preparing Young People for the Future
CDI partner school Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School was originally built in 1906 as The Hebrew Technical School for Girls. In 2019, MCNDHS still serves immigrant students from all around the world, and prepares them for professional opportunities after high school.