We work one-on-one with students to plan for their futures from the moment they begin high school through the critical first few years following graduation.

Academic and Social Support Services

CDI advisors work closely with school staff to provide students with individualized support. While in high school, students receive free academic tutoring and test preparation. The advocacy team supports students through frequent counseling sessions, engaging parents whenever possible and connecting students with medical, legal and housing resources.

College Advisement

Most of our students are the first in their family to consider college. About 65% of graduates go directly to college, primarily to one of the City University of New York (CUNY) campuses. We offer a full range of personalized college advisement for students and their families from college selection and application to navigating scholarships and financial aid. We organize college fairs, campus visits and connect students with alumni. We continue to support graduates during the first two years of college when they are most likely to struggle.

Career Advisement and Preparation

Developing a career, not just landing a job, is more critical than ever for the future of New York City’s young people. Through one-on-one sessions, our Career Advisors help each student to discover their interests, strengths and create a practical career plan. We offer in-depth career exploration through internships, panel discussions with professionals, career fairs and visits to local companies like AOL, Credit Suisse and Chandler Chicco Agency so that students get first-hand exposure to a wide selection of professional fields. Our career workshops are focused on practical skills including job searching, resume writing and professional networking.

Post-Secondary Career Training

Certified Medical Assistants & Patient Service Representative Training Program
Young adults need skills to earn enough money to sustain a family and a long-term career. CDI’s newest training programs prepare recent graduates to become Certified Medical Assistants or Patient Service Representatives in the growing health field. Each year 100 entry-level young adults will receive trainings, assessments, skill-building and job placements. Program partners and collaborators: New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Community Healthcare Association of New York State, Primary Care Development Corporation, Institute for Family Health, Maimonides Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Urban Health Plan.
CDI Pharmacy Technician Program
This intensive year-long program trains students and recent alumni as Pharmacy Technicians—a field with significant job growth opportunities over the next 5-10 years. Students enroll in college-level courses and receive a nationally recognized Pharmacy Tech Certification. Program partners: New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, CUNY-Lehman College, CVS, Heckscher Foundation for Children.


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