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CYD’s mission is to provide the tools to empower youth as leaders in service to their community.

CYD provides activities and events that cultivate leadership, support positive life choices and position youth for success. Our philosophy is that young people will make positive choices if offered support and given the opportunity. At CYD, teens develop skills and gain confidence they will use for a lifetime through activities that benefit our community. CYD also helps adults to recognize and tap into the often-overlooked talents of youth.

What makes CYD so unique is our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and local government entities. CYD has partnered with more than 75 nonprofit and government boards to provide a diverse array of volunteer opportunities as well as board placements for STAR Leadership Training graduates.

CYD strengthens the fabric of our community by preparing and supporting youth as active citizens and leaders, for today and into the future. The benefit doesn’t just run one way: CYD participants are able to bring a fresh perspective to solving community problems.

In 2014, CYD engaged more than 2,000 teens through 160 youth development activities. These youth came from all socio-economic, ethnic and geographic sectors of Sarasota County. The teens learned new skills and were inspired by positive role models through our programs.