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What We Do

Through the CYD program, PEI provides funding and technical assistance that affords community-based organizations the opportunity to foster positive youth development and build healthy families and resilient communities. CYD provides services in zip codes with high incidences of juvenile crime. Communities prioritize and fund specific prevention services to address their community level needs.

Who We Serve

  • Youth ages 6-17 in zip codes with high incidences of juvenile crime

Map of Providers and Communities

Map of Texas, showing providers across the state. For a text version of CYD providers, check the PEI Provider Directory.

For additional provider details, see the 2022 provider directory.

How We Measure Success

  • Children remain safe during services, within 1 year (98% in FY20) and 3 years (96% in FY20).
  • Percentage of youth not referred to juvenile probation (98.5% in FY20).

Program Data

  • Program Start Date: 1995
  • Target Number of Youth/Families Served Annually, FY22: 17,135
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY21: 6,514
  • Counties Served: 16
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $9,370,550
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 17 Grantees, 42 Subgrantees
  • Average Grantee Budget: $520,586

CYD Success Stories

Big Brothers Big Sisters (Lubbock County)

Big Sister Sarah first matched with Little Sister Ruth over seven years ago. During the 7-year match, Ruth’s father was incarcerated twice and her mother released custody rights to Ruth resulting in Ruth’s grandparents adopting her.

During this year, Ruth’s grandfather passed away due to COVID-19 complications. According to Ruth, having both her Big Sister and agency staff to support her during the many changes and challenges she experienced over the years has been invaluable.

To this day, Ruth and her Big Sister continue to meet as often as they can to discuss her personal struggles and triumphs.

Texas Youth Summit

The Texas Youth Summit is an annual event where young leaders from Community Youth Development (CYD) programs all over Texas come together for an engaging, educational, and empowering leadership skill-building experience. The 2022 theme was “Discovering Your Purpose, Knowing Your Identity” and was held June 27-30 at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

This annual event is an opportunity for over 100 young leaders in the CYD program to convene with their peers across the state. Young leaders learn about well-being and leadership from engaging speakers and workshops, showcase their personal and group community achievements, and are encouraged and empowered to activate the positive change they want to see in their community.

This year young leaders presented their community issue through Town Hall presentations. Community issues addressed by the CYD youth included raising awareness and providing resources for mental health, substance use, peer pressure, pollution, littering, and animal shelters. During the Youth Summit, young leaders have the opportunity to participate in a service learning project, and this year’s project included cleaning a local park in Pflugerville, Texas.