Community Youth Development (CYD) offers a Youth Leadership program for young people aged 10-17 from the 75216 and 75217 zip codes. While juvenile arrest rates in these zip codes rank among the highest in the state, children participating in CYD learn skills and values that result in 98% of these young people remaining arrest-free.
Community realities require youth in these areas to confront and cope with poverty and limited options in neighborhoods where low graduation rates have become the norm. The Leadership Development program inspires young people to assume the role of change agents within their local communities. CYD guides students to take charge of and support a range of community initiatives.