Board member SoVonna Day-Goins brought a winning table of enthusiastic spellers.
How do you spell opportunity? Y-O-U!
Thank YOU to the 150+ community members who came together to support CDI’s college and career preparation services at our Second Annual Spelling Bee! Proceeds helped some of the greatest kids in the city as they shape their futures. Each year CDI serves 4,000 young people between the ages of 14-24 who are preparing for college, training and career success.
Left to right: Rebecca Harrigan, Isaiah Ose Gyening, Josary Valeiron, and Ashley Cruz. Not pictured: Imane Cherif El Faris.
Five seniors – the most ever — from The High School for Health Professions and Human Services have been awarded full, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation. Congratulations!
It’s an extremely competitive process to become a Posse Scholar. Awards go to students with high leadership potential from multicultural backgrounds who may be overlooked by the traditional college application process. The rigorous selection process began in May with a nomination by teachers and a series of group and individual interviews and awards were just announced. We look forward to sharing more college updates in the spring as more students hear back on college and scholarships.
Three students from City-As-School recently joined the team at UncommonGoods in Brooklyn. This very cool online retailer of unusual gifts was founded by one of CDI’s founding board members and current Board of Advisors member David Bolotsky. UncommonGoods has been a longtime CDI partner, and has also hosted student visits and provided internships. We are grateful for this exceptional and uncommon support!
The students are back! Our offices are bustling again and the halls are filled with new energy and excitement at our three partner schools: Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, The High School for Health Professions and Human Services, and City-As-School High School. Join us in wishing everyone a great start to the school year and stay tuned for more from CDI!
“I’m ready for a new adventure. Junior year is a big year, and I’m looking forward to joining new clubs, getting more involved with the Young Women’s Leadership Group and finding an internship – especially since I know CDI will be helping me. I’m getting a head start by working on my résumé.” – Brianna Hicks, HPHS Class of 2019