CDI Programs: Helping Students Succeed

CDI works 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.

Our programs provide high school students and recent graduates with college and career advising, legal, medical and housing assistance, case management, and intensive tutoring. We also continue to support our graduates during the first two critical years after high school. According to CUNY’s most recent Where Are They Now? report, students who receive CDI services average 26% higher in GPA, 15% higher in course pass rate, and 14% higher in first year college retention compared to similar students who didn’t receive services. Through our robust certificate training programs in the medical fields, the young people we serve develop the practical skills they will need to enter and sustain family-supporting careers.

Academic and Support Services

CDI advisors work closely with school staff to provide students with individualized support. 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 and Preparation

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, State University of New York (SUNY) campuses or private colleges.  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 host 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 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 corporations and businesses including Accenture, BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs and NYU Langone 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, interview skills, and professional networking.

Beyond High School: The CDI Career Academy

Our graduates, particularly the 35% who do not go to college, need skills to earn a sustainable wage and develop a career path. CDI’s newest programming offer post-secondary training in partnership with the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The CDI Career Academy prepares formerly out of school, out of work young adults for entry level jobs in the expanding healthcare field. Find out more about the Career Academy here.