WHY CYD?

CYD provides the hope and resources kids living in poverty need to create their dreams. 

CYD students all live in economically disadvantaged homes and neighborhoods where drug use and alcoholism, gangs and crime, teenage pregnancy and failure to finish high school are all common and cyclical.  Community resources are low, and when the average family income of a child in CYD is only $13,000 a year, they require extra support to reach their potential.  CYD students come from families where 80% of the parents did not graduate high school and 90% were teenage parents.   Without CYD most of our students would undoubtedly continue this cycle.

CYD’s 2012 seniors engaged in a project to try to assess the impact CYD has on the lives of its students by tracking down students from their former 3rd grade class who were not chosen to participate in CYD or who did not complete the program.  The results were startling:

NON-CYD STUDENTS
10% graduated high school with plans to attend college
70% dropped out of high school or were expelled
50% became teenage parents
63% were incarcerated
 
DID NOT COMPLETE CYD*
20% graduated high school with plans to attend college
40% dropped out of high school or were expelled
40% became teenage moms
40% were incarcerated
* During the course of ten years, six CYD students ended participation for various reasons, e.g. moved, voluntary, etc.
 
COMPLETED CYD
100% plan to attend college
0% dropped out of high school or were expelled
0% became teenage moms
0% were incarcerated
 

Watch this short video to see how CYD Changes the ODDS!