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CYDC Featured on TV, Radio Promoting March Events

It’s been a great start to the month for the Carolina Youth Development Center in creating awareness in the community about our fundraising events and programs, with two TV interviews and one radio interview between March 1-8. Our first promotional opportunity came on Wednesday, March 1 when our Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Director Christina…

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CYDC’s Got Talent

Four of our CYDC teens performed their original song “Another Day” during pre-game and halftime of several of the CAA Basketball Tournament games over March 4-5 at North Charleston Coliseum. Budding musicians Gabrielle, Quintin, Calvin and Isaiah wrote the lyrics and collaborated with our community partner Carolina Studios to arrange and record the song in its satellite music studio…

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Tigertown Bound: CYDC Resident Lindsay Accepted into Clemson

CYDC Staff Surprise Lindsay with Clemson Acceptance Letter  Ever since North Charleston High School senior and CYDC resident Lindsay* applied to Clemson University last fall with help from CYDC Bakker Career Center staff and her mentor, she had been anxiously awaiting news from her top college choice. On Monday, February 13, the highly-anticipated Clemson letter finally…

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Charleston Orphan House Alum Visits CYDC Campus

Mondays have a sometimes well-earned reputation for being the most undesirable day of the work week, but ours began on a magnificent note when we had the honor of hosting a former resident of the Charleston Orphan House (from which CYDC is descended,) Patricia Thompson Kinard. Patricia, 84, was admitted into the Orphan House at…

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Shuckin’ for Shelter Oyster Roast Benefit Moves to Oakley Farms

  Get your bivalve fix at our annual Shuckin’ for Shelter charity oyster roast benefiting the Callen-Lacey Center for Children on Saturday, March 25 from 2-5 p.m. at Oakley Farms. We are excited to welcome this year’s guests to a gorgeous new location: Oakley Farms in Moncks Corner. This charming venue features a rustic barn,…

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A Life in Foster Care

Today in our blog we share the poignant story and audio from NPR about Noel Anaya, a 21-year old California youth who was in foster care nearly his entire life and is now aging out of the system. Anaya received a unique opportunity to record his court proceeding and discuss his experience in the foster…

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Angela’s Story

Sometimes children face an unsafe household and they must be removed from the home for their own protection. When this happens, CYDC provides a secure, caring environment to help improve their outlook and well-being, and keep them on the right path in school and in life. 15-year old North Charleston High School (NCHS) freshman Angela* came…

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Last year your generous support allowed us to serve 128 children in foster care who have suffered abuse or neglect, more than 1,200 children and families in our community, and provide life-changing mentors for 140 local children from single-parent families.    As we approach the New Year and prepare our resolutions for 2017, we hope that we can count on…

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Community Based Services

Carolina Youth Development Center’s Strengthening Families program serves 270 families annually who are identified as having risk factors in the home that could potentially result in child abuse or neglect if not addressed.   Families such as Sarah Brown’s,* a single mother of two girls, aged fifteen and eleven. Her daughters, Laquisha and Lovey,* are vibrant,…

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Derrick’s Story

Your holiday gift helps CYDC make a difference in the lives of 1,200 youth and families annually, which includes providing a safe and secure environment and academic and job readiness support services to children in foster care who have suffered abuse or neglect. Children such as 17-year old Derrick, who came to CYDC’s Callen-Lacey Center for Children in January 2015…