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Empowering Foster Care Youth through Career Readiness 

Empowering Foster Care Youth through Career Readiness CYDC is partnering with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice to teach practical skills and provide real-world work experience to our youth as part of the DJJ’s Job Readiness Training grant program. Our young people learn a variety of important life skills from problem-solving, job interview and…

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Spring Volunteer and Donor Spotlight

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Mary Jo Madden   I’m retired now but in my past life I spent many years working with teenagers. It’s an age group I find fun, challenging and always interesting. I also realized how important it was for teens to have some structure and constancy in their lives. Being a mentor allows me…

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Beverly J. Hardin Named as CYDC Chief Executive Officer

Carolina Youth Development Center is pleased to announce the selection of Beverly J. Hardin as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 5. Hardin brings a wealth of experience to her role with more than 15 years of leadership in organizational development and non-profit management, fund development, budget forecasting and oversight and building support networks…

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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…