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Founded in 1995, Comprehensive Development, Inc. (CDI) partners with NYC high public schools to prepare young adults, ages 14-24, to secure a successful future for themselves and their families. Through this partnership, students develop the capability to graduate from high school and make informed decisions on higher education and careers. CDI provides case management, college/career advising, tutoring, and post-secondary training opportunities and supports to more than 3,500 at-risk students and alumni in its three partner high schools (Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, The High School for Health Professions and Human Services, and City-As-School) and at the CDI Career Academy at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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Comprehensive Development, Inc.
Michael A. Roberts, Executive Director
Population Served:
Low-income youth and young adults almost all are the first in their families to consider post-secondary opportunities
Years of Tiger Support:
Type of Support:
General operating support

Comprehensive Development, Inc. (CDI) seeks to increase high school graduation rates and help students achieve post-secondary success.  CDI serves more than 3,500 students and alumni each year at its three partner schools, Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, a transfer high school serving disadvantaged youth, High School for Health Professions and Human Services, which focuses on careers in health-related industries, and City-As-School, a transfer high school where students spend half of their time in internships. On-site CDI staff provide students with individualized, intensive services, including college/career advisement, case management, tutoring, job and internship placements, and post-secondary training opportunities and supports.

In recent years, CDI has expanded its post-secondary training opportunities for students who may not decide to enroll in college and alumni who are disconnected from school/work. CDI’s Career Academy offers employer-driven training programs that give students the potential to achieve sustainable career trajectories, including a Medical Assistant training program in partnership with Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.

Michael Roberts, MSW, who had served as the Assistant Executive Director at CDI since 2013, recently assumed leadership of the organization. Michael has over 25 years of nonprofit management and program experience, with a deep commitment to helping young people access opportunities and developthe skills they need to succeed. Before joining CDI, Michael directed and developed youth programs at The Children’s Aid Society and Safe Horizon. In 2010, Michael was awarded the “Hero Award” by Madison Square Garden and the Garden of Dreams Foundation for making a significant impact on the lives of children in crisis in New York City.

To learn more about this organization, please visit their web site at or contact Andrée Lockwood at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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