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Sean’s Story

From ‘At-Risk’ to Academic Success 16-year old Sean* came to CYDC more than a year and a half ago, the victim of neglect and alleged sexual abuse at the hands of his father. In foster care since he was 9, Sean’s mother had also struggled with drug addiction. When Sean first arrived at Charleston Emergency…

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Volunteer and Donor Spotlight: Shannon and Dewey

Volunteer Spotlight: Shannon Ryan  “Personally, I began mentoring because I wanted to make a positive difference in someone’s life, and who better to do that with than children- especially those who have been displaced from their homes. I wanted to be able to give someone what I was lucky enough to have growing up: a…

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Lindsay’s Story

Defying the Odds: CYDC Resident Lindsay Accepted into College  17-year old Ledford House resident and North Charleston High School (NCHS) senior Lindsay* is an intelligent and driven young lady with a bright future and a litany of accomplishments. On October 17, Lindsay received an admissions letter detailing her acceptance into Coastal Carolina University. She is also…

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CYDC Needs Your Help with Overwhelming Hurricane Matthew Expenses

Thank you for your meaningful support for Carolina Youth Development Center. Now that Hurricane Matthew has passed, we hope everyone is back safely in their homes and can begin the process of recovering and attempting to return to their normal daily routines. Over the last few days, many in the community have reached out to…

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Academic Mentoring is in Back in Full Swing

With the return of school comes afternoon academic support and mentoring in our Bakker Career Center provided through our Be A Mentor-trained mentors. These mentors are local people in the community from all walks of life who volunteer their time and talents with our children, whether in the form of homework help, discussing goals or…

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Back to School Edition

Prepared for the Classroom  It’s that time of year again, school is back in session! Our children started a new year of learning on August 15, and thanks to a number of generous individuals and businesses in the community, our kids had all the supplies they needed to focus on what is most important-learning! In…

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Big Sponsor Campaign Launches

It’s not Just a Donation: It’s a BIG Deal Big Brothers Big Sisters Rolls Out Big Sponsor Campaign Driven by a growing demand for adult role models to serve as youth mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) is excited to announce the launch of our Big Sponsor Campaign, a…

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Freedom Schools: Preventing the ‘Summer Slide’

Carolina Youth Development Center is gearing up for an action-packed slate of summer programming full of learning, discovery and fun! It begins on June 20 with Freedom Schools, which provides exposure to inspirational books and learning activities, helping to prevent “summer learning loss” for 50 children. The six-week program is free for local families, and…

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Tammy’s Story

Preparing for Adulthood   17-year old Ledford House resident “Tammy”* is an intelligent and driven young woman with a promising future. The Garrett School of Technology senior will graduate in May and plans to attend Francis Marion University in Florence where she will double major in Biology and Business. Tammy, who has been with CYDC since September…

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Lowcountry Giving Day is May 3!

Lowcountry Giving Day, a celebration of charitable online giving in support of area nonprofits, returns Tuesday, May 3. Carolina Youth Development Center is a proud participant in this major local fundraising event, and we are thrilled to share that we have secured a $53,000 challenge for our community to match through their Lowcountry Giving donations! We have set…