Growth and Development Services

Since 1996, empowering New York City youth who face social injustice, family instability, and mental health challenges to Reach Their Potential.

 

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Our Mission

The mission of Growth and Development Services, Inc. (GDS) is to empower underserved, multi-marginalized youth to make unprecedented life transformations by providing them with the inspiration and means to discover and sustain purpose and pride, in themselves, their families, and in the community.

THE EXCEL PROGRAM

The EXCEL program is our flagship program, providing mental health, youth development, and intergenerational services. 

LEADERS FOR CHANGE

In response to the COVID19 pandemic, we launched the virtual version of EXCEL, to continue our much-needed mental health, wellness, and leadership services. 

YOUTH ENGAGING SENIORS

YES trains inner-city youth to connect with isolated seniors through music, while educating our youth in empathy and career skills.

Excel GDS Program
Youth Engaging Seniors
Youth Meditation
Youth and Arts
GDS success story

Making A Difference

Our transformational programs have proven success in providing teens with the skills, support, confidence, and motivation they need to succeed in school, their communities, and the workforce.  Participants are given the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their peers; 100% report improved self-esteem, leadership skills, and mental health awareness.

Reach Your Potential

The Reach Your Potential (RYP) model is a multifaceted and comprehensive approach that is integral to the success and effectiveness of GDS’ programs. Dr. Gary Altheim, GDS’ Founder and Clinical Psychologist, has developed and enhanced the RYP model with his team over the last 25 years.

Youth Engaging Seniors

Youth & Community Members Served

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Report Improved Leadership Skills

Days of Excellence and Counting

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Upcoming Events

May 5 Healthy Mind Series GDS

HEALTHY Minds Series

5 May 2022

Join us in a virtual safe space to discuss mental health, community issues, and solutions for positive change.

Healthy Mind Series

HEALTHY Minds Series

28 APR 2022

Join us in a virtual safe space to discuss mental health, community issues, and solutions for positive change.

YES Dyckman

YES Dyckman

Coming Soon!

An intergenerational music program co-lead by GDS and InHisName at the Dyckman Neighborhood Senior Center

Latest from GDS

Follow our blog for the latest updates at Growth and Development Services. We will be sharing our progress on our Home in the Heights capital campaign, program updates, and the impact our efforts are having on New Yorks’ inner-city youth. Be sure to bookmark this page or join our newsletter in the sign up form below.

Dr. Gary Featured on Visionary Podcast

Dr. Gary Featured on Visionary Podcast

Listen In As Dr Gary Discusses Need for Mental Health Services Dr. Gary Altheim is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has a private practice in New York. He has extensive experience in working therapeutically with emotionally challenged children, adolescents, young...

As Seen in Parents Magazine

As Seen in Parents Magazine

Following our selection as a Finalist for the People’s Choice Award at the Child Mind Institute’s 2018 Change Maker Awards, Growth and Development Services, Inc was featured in Parent's Magazine. The People’s Choice Award celebrates individuals or organizations...

Celebrating 25 Years

Celebrating 25 Years

The mission of Growth and Development Services, Inc. (GDS) is to empower underserved, multi-marginalized youth to make unprecedented life transformations by providing them with the inspiration and means to discover and sustain purpose and pride, in themselves, their families, and in the community.

Throughout my involvement with GDS, I have personally witnessed and experienced the life changing impact the organization has had on our youth and their families in New York City.

 

– Cortnie McGinnis, Volunteer

GDS was a helpful resource in my time of need and I greatly benefitted from the experience of GDS which kept me on track. GDS kept me focused while giving me tools to thrive.

 

– Markus Scott, Program Participant

Being in the Reach Your Potential program has definitely taught me how to project my voice and discover confidence. I now realize many want to see me succeed.

 

– Lisa N, GDS Program Participant

At the culmination of the program, the participants reported a feeling of accomplishment combined with improved skills to continue with their professional endeavors.

 

– Yolise Fajardo, Program Partner