Student Stories

Student Stories


After finding CYD at MCNDHS, his fourth high school, Jeremiah finally went from acting out to figuring out what really mattered to him. Now he’s working hard on his Ph.D.


With a small child to support, college didn’t seem to be in the cards for Heaven. But after CYD helped her find an EMT program, college and her career both beckon.


At age 19 Tareike came to NYC on his own from the Caribbean with many dreams and little direction. Today he attends college at night and works at Rockefeller University.


A senior at HPHS, Dana has to commute to school daily from the Bronx two hours each way. But her drive to become a neurosurgeon keeps her determined and motivated.


At age 21, Shamari, a MCNDHS student and reporter with WNYC’s Radio Rookie program, got the individual support he needed to finally complete his high school degree.


Being the child of immigrants and the first in her family to attend college didn’t deter her from aiming high. Now she’s thriving as a pre-med student at Columbia University.


A 2012 graduate, Omar returned to CYD to tackle the rigorous Career Academy training program. He’s now a certified EMT and a proud role model to his son.


Noah excelled at City-As-School and graduated two cycles ahead of his peers. With a strong interest in hands-on work he is studying Residential Construction in college.


When Dalla came to America in 2017, he spoke no English. He found Manhattan Comprehensive and CYD and now he’s applying to college.