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Founded in 1996, Growth and Development Services (GDS) empowers youth challenged by social, educational, emotional and behavioral issues to Reach their Potential.

In 2002, GDS built out raw space in NYC’s Fort Washington Armory and developed a license agreement with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to help bring most needed counseling, educational, arts, and advocacy programs to the Washington Heights/Inwood communities. Our program outcomes show that GDS’ multifaceted programs equip participants with the tools they need to be excellent leaders, succeed in college, and cope with life adversities.

Learn more on our programs page.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Gary Altheim founded Growth and Development Services, Inc. on November 8, 1996 to serve youth who faced burdens including mental health challenges, family instability, and violence in their communities.

From its original site in Westchester County, NY and later in the South Bronx, GDS youth received vital therapeutic and recreational services.  The year-long program continued into the summertime with Camp Excel.  The annual camp, which ended in 2011,  was an opportunity for urban youth to experience the calm and fresh air of upstate New York.

Over the last 20 years, GDS has equipped youth and families with the tools they need to excel and the opportunity to Reach Their Potential.  From its early days of empowering communities in Westchester County and the South Bronx; since 2002, GDS has found a home in the historic NYC Fort Washington Armory.

Founded in 1996, Growth and Development Services (GDS) empowers youth challenged by social, educational, emotional and behavioral issues to Reach their Potential.

In 2002, GDS built out raw space in NYC’s Fort Washington Armory and developed a license agreement with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to help bring most needed counseling, educational, arts, and advocacy programs to the Washington Heights/Inwood communities. Our program outcomes show that GDS’ multifaceted programs equip participants with the tools they need to be excellent leaders, succeed in college, and cope with life adversities.

Learn more on our programs page.

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