Awards & Recognition

CYD is extremely grateful for the opportunities to be recognized for its dedication to the youth of our community.

2014: Silver ADDY for Public Service Video presented by AdFed Suncoast for the “CYD Mario” video created for the Giving Partner Challenge.

2010 & 2012: Sarasota County named one of the Top 100 Communities for Youth by America’s Promise Alliance. CYD led the application process, engaging nonprofit agencies, government, school district and businesses and youth advocates in preparing for the recognition. CYD’s success at engaging youth as leaders was cited among the reasons for the award.

2009: Florida Legislature amended Statute 617.0802 “Qualifications of directors” to allow youth ages 15+ to serve on boards of directors. CYD’s STAR Leadership Training program was cited by advocates as the reason for the change.

2004: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services cited the STAR Leadership Training program as one of the Top 12 leadership programs for youth.

2001: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune awarded CYD the Silver Gavel Award for the STAR Leadership Training program.

1997: Southeastern Network of Youth & Family Services named CYD Program of the Year for excellence in service to teens.