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Community Youth Development (CYD) creates environments, events, and activities that cultivate leadership and support positive choices. Launched in 1996, CYD is an unqualified success serving thousands of middle and high school aged youth in Sarasota County each year.

CYD encourages young people to utilize their talents and energy and helps adults to recognize and tap into the often overlooked talents of youth. A coalition of Sarasota County youth-serving agencies and community teens, CYD brings youth and adults together in a constructive manner. Teens work alongside staff from existing youth-serving agencies to develop programs that inspire teen participation and positively impact the community at large.


Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the #CYDMario campaign as part of the Giving Partner Challenge. If you missed the fun, check out the links below, or follow us on social media at "cydsrq" (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!)


#CYDMario - Check out the Video!

Click the link above to check out the #CYDMario video on our YouTube Channel!



City Kids Video

Check out this great video on Alexandra Twigg, a CYD Youth Leader recently featured on “City Kids”, a production of the City of Sarasota. We are so inspired by Alex and proud of the great work she does through CYD to improve our community. We know you will be inspired by her too!


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