Providing the resources, relationships and opportunities that children living below the poverty line need to reach their potential.
Create Your Dreams (CYD) is a long-term, youth development program dedicated to nurturing the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas on the Westside of Atlanta. We provide the resources, opportunities, and relationships children living below the poverty line require to reach their potential and break the cycle of generational poverty.Read More
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Since 1994, we are proud that 100% of students who completed CYD graduated high school, 96% of those students began a post-secondary program, 88% of those students are either still enrolled or have earned their degrees, and 40% of the alums who earned their bachelor's degree, earned their master's degree!
This educational success directly correlates to income levels. In an analysis by the Equality of Opportunity Project, Atlanta Ranked next to lowest in economic mobility -- allowing only 4.5% of those born into poverty to move out of poverty.
Thankfully CYD graduates are breaking those odds! According to Pew Research data and the income of CYD graduates -- 15% reached the upper class, 65% reached middle class, and 20% remained below the poverty line. When data shows that with CYD, 80% of children born into poverty move out, compared to the 4.5% without CYD, it is evident that our program changes lives.Donate Today