Finding His Calling

Omar graduated from Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School with support from CYD, and moved on to college. But as a single parent with a young son, the financial challenges became too great and he dropped out. CYD kept in touch. In 2019 CYD suggested to Omar that he enroll in our new EMT training program, a partnership with Borough of Manhattan Community College. Omar’s hard work paid off. In the summer of 2019 he and 10 others from his class passed their state exams and became certified EMTs. “CYD showed me the kind of person that I want to be. The kind of role model I want to be for my son. They never lost sight of me, even when I felt lost myself. I want to be there for him and be that support like they were for me.”