Now, more than ever our youth need us.
As you know, Community Youth Advance (CYA) is one of very few nonprofits in Prince George’s County
offering comprehensive mentoring and academic support that includes one-on-one tutoring, high-quality
instruction, and learning through exploration, problem solving, character development, and play.
We have continued these services virtually throughout the pandemic, serving nearly 1,000 youth,
including more 500 academically disengaged high school students with the goal of re-engaging them
with school and helping to get them back on track for graduation. These students include those who
receive special education accommodations, those that have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and those
who have not achieved success in traditional high school settings.
In the face of these challenges, CYA has provided an average of 300 one-on-one virtual tutoring
sessions per week, and the grade point averages of CYA students increased by up to 8% across all
This is incredible success despite the tremendous challenges faced by our youth, families, teachers and staff
members. And now, we want to take some time to celebrate these successes as we prepare for the work
that is to come.
These youth will still face academic gaps as a result of disengagement during distance learning, especially
in math and reading. We are preparing to meet this challenge through curriculum-writing work groups and
efforts like Project Backpack and Train-The-Trainer, which will provide students with the materials they
need to succeed, as well as prepare high school students for paid internships as tutors for K – 5th grade
Would you join us this year as we celebrate success in the face of adversity and raise funds to continue
supporting our youth in the years to come?
We invite you to join us for our Annual Gala celebrating the brilliance of our youth on Friday, November
5, 2021. We also ask that you consider making a commitment to sponsor the ongoing work of supporting
individuals and families as we collectively begin recovery.
We know the most important investment we can make is into the lives of our future leaders. We hope you will
join us in celebrating and supporting them.
Our hybrid event will feature an in person banquet, followed by our live streamed awards show hosted by Kyle on the Mic! We’ll close our evening with a live performance from the incomparable Chelsey Green and The Green Project!
Individual tickets and tables go on sale September 20, 2021 and Sponsorship Opportunities are available now, click the link below to learn more.