This year, the College Discovery Program supported Ithaca high school and middle students in Ithaca schools with weekly homework clubs, mentors and advocacy, community service opportunities, visits to college campuses, summer activities and more.
CDP works with students in grades 5 to 12 and their families. The goal is to help the youth pursue and complete higher education. CDP students are generally from groups that are underrepresented in higher education. Many participants are the first generation in their families to go to college. Students who join CDP stay in the program for seven years. To date, 88 percent of students who remained in CDP through high school have gone on to post-secondary education.
Volunteers are an integral part of the success of CDP for mentoring, tutoring, hosting college tours and more. The Friends of IYB subcommittee CDP Boosters raise a significant amount of money each year to support the program. Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDP program met with participants via Zoom to help with school work and keep them connected to the program. This fall, back-to-school was a strange and difficult time for many students after a year of virtual education. CDP tutors and mentors have closely monitored students who have needed extra support. The CDP would like to thank its boosters and volunteers for all they do to help Ithaca youth!
You can donate to CDP online through Friends IYB or send a check to the Ithaca Youth Bureau with CDP in the memo line.