history

Shanay at William Boyd Elementary, 1995

Shanay teaching at William Boyd Elementary, 2012

Create Your Dreams was founded in 1994 after a conversation with the principal of William Boyd Elementary School about the lack of resources available for motivated and talented students in economically disadvantaged areas of Atlanta. That summer, 20 students were chosen to participate in a two-week program that included arts & crafts, sports, and field trips throughout Atlanta. The summer program was a success and CYD continued and developed as an after-school program. In May 1995, we received our 501(c)(3) status and began to expand the program.

Nineteen years later, we are serving 50 students in our year-round after-school program and have 45 successful high school graduates.

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