GDS programs empower New York City’s underserved youth through mental health support, youth development, and intergenerational programs; offering them the skills, support, confidence, and motivation to succeed in school, in their communities, and in the workforce.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead
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.