November 2019 News


Appreciation can change a day, even change a life.

As we enter the season of giving, I want to thank all of you who support the work we do each day to help young people develop a path for success. We appreciate all your kindness and send our gratitude to you. We here at CDI appreciate the opportunity to help someone make the next right move that could open up a cornucopia of possibilities. Your donations enable young people to develop a path for higher education that we hope breaks the cycle of poverty for their families. And someday those same young people will be giving back to those in need. It is a gift to be of service to those who need us. Know that you have been a gift in supporting young people across the City of New York, and know that we could not do it without you!

Warm Regards,
Michael Roberts
Executive Director



I am grateful for the family that raised me, because they have taught me so much about myself and continue to every day. I am grateful for the amazing people around me – especially for the CDI College and Career Office at CAS for helping me every day that I’m with them and showing me love!

AJ, City-As-School


My parents are immigrants from Jamaica, and I’m especially grateful to my family and for accessible education. I’m also thankful for books – I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, and they really help transport me to a different world. So much of what I know is just from reading for fun!

Dana, The High School for Health Professions and Human Services


I’m grateful for the opportunity to come to CDI for help even after graduating. I just took the city test to be a school safety agent, and I’m looking forward to the training program. I’m also thankful for my family, and all the old and new relationships that are strengthening in my life.

Jelesia, Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School


I’m grateful for being able to live my life to the fullest!

Amaya, City-As-School


I’m thankful for my parents and my JV volleyball team. I’m excited for college and all the new experiences in store for me!

Ilene, The High School for Health Professions and Human Services


I’m thankful for my friends and family for helping me succeed!

Kevaughn, City-As-School


I am thankful to be playing on my school’s soccer team! When I was in Bangladesh, my school didn’t have a soccer team, but now we just finished runners-up in a city-wide game. I’m also grateful that I’m going to graduate high school. I really want to study computer science or accounting in college.

Mostafa, Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School

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