Comprehensive Development, Inc. partners with NYC public high schools to prepare young adults, ages 14- 24, to secure a successful future for themselves and their families. Through this partnership, our students develop the capability to graduate from high school and make informed decisions on higher education and careers.
Empowering New York City Youth to Create Rewarding Futures
CDI serves more than 4,000 students and alumni ages 14-24 each year from all five boroughs in NYC. CDI has staff on-site at three public high schools: Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, The High School for Health Professions and Human Services, and City-As-School and at the CDI Career Academy at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
CDI’s student body is a representative snapshot of NYC public high schools: 24% Black, 48% Hispanic, 17% Asian, 11% White or other. 92% of our students live below the Federal poverty line and 83% live in neighborhoods designated by the New York State Poverty Index as concentrated or high poverty. 56% of CDI students speak a language other than English at home. Almost all are the first in their families to consider college or postsecondary training.
CDI’s goal is to help remove barriers to graduation and help young people graduate from high school with viable postsecondary options. Our integrated service model includes intensive college and career preparation and post-graduation certificate training programs, tutoring and case management and referral for medical and legal services.
According to National Student Clearinghouse statistics, students who receive CDI services get into and stay in college at higher rates than students from comparable demographic backgrounds and high minority schools.
2016’s Optimizing Talent report states, “Young adults with lower educational attainment face the largest challenges in finding employment: the unemployment rate for out-of-school 16 to 24-year-olds with a high school diploma or less is 35.5 percent, more than five times that of young people in the same age group who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher….20 percent of Latinos between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed, while for blacks the rate is 30 percent….” (JobsFirstNYC/Aspen Institute). This is the need CDI works to address: to bridge the gap and give NYC’s at-risk young people a chance to attain successful futures for themselves and their families.