All Cincinnati area youth will graduate from high school and complete post secondary experiences with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors to contribute and participate responsibly and fully in society CYC's Mission...
Empower children and young adults to overcome obstacles and succeed in education, career and life.
Guiding us are the needs, abilities, interests and perspectives of young people. Our decision making, program development and service delivery will center on the student.
Empowering individuals to explore and implement new ideas and concepts.
Inviting everyone to assist CYC in helping youth be successful.
Uncompromising honesty in everything we do.
Creating a culture for fostering mutual success where the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
In early 1987, a steering committee of about 30 community leaders from education, religion, business, neighborhood, and social service agencies came together in an unprecedented partnership called the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. The goal? To try to reduce the rising failure and dropout rates in the Cincinnati Public Schools and to help every youth in Cincinnati realize his or her potential.
The vision: that all Cincinnati youth will graduate from high school with the comprehension, desire, and opportunity to realize their full potential—whether that be to assume a productive and satisfying job or go on to higher education. Specifically, the Collaborative was formed to:
Increase high school graduation rates
Improve the overall academic performance of students
Increase the number of students attending college, and
Increase the number of youth entering the job market
Over the years, CYC has created new programs or collaborated with existing school- and community-based programs to meet these objectives. CYC's programs have evolved to become what is now known as the Mentoring Program and College Access. Most recently CYC united with Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates to deliver the Jobs for American Graduates model of dropout prevention and recovery. All programs have been recognized, nationally, regionally, and locally, as some of the best in the country in promoting and serving city youth.
You'd be surprised at how easy it is to become a volunteer, and how quickly you can start making a difference in a student's life. Join us today.