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.