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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 Fiscal Year 2021 PEI 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, FY21: 16,140
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY20: 6,700
  • Counties Served: 15
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $8,310,766
  • Total Number of Community Grantees/ Sub-grantees: 17 Grantees 43 Sub-grantees
  • Average Grantee Budget: $488,868

CYD Success Story

The Children’s Center Inc., Galveston

The after school Sailing Program at Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG) encourages and assists students in developing leadership skills. While being taught how to sail, students are prompted to teach each other skills they have learned. No other student exemplifies the spirit of shared learning more than Eddy.

Eddy began sailing in a crew with two older developmentally disabled youth who were not only having trouble learning how to sail, but were not able to complete basic tasks necessary for safe participation, such as pulling line and switching sides on the boat. Eddy stepped up and helped each of the youth gain confidence in doing these basic tasks and filled in when they were not able to do so safely. This experience took Eddy from being a passive student to being an active part of the teaching process - and in doing so, he developed his leadership “muscle”. This young man took the newfound skills developed in his first crew and positively influenced other students through leading by example. Eddy’s kindness, empathy and drive to include everyone in successfully learning how to sail marks him as one of the brightest successes of this semester of the after school Sailing Program.

Another focus of the program is mentorship. Eddy showed great strides in that domain. During the first few sessions he was still unsure “what he wanted to do when he grew up” and did not have significant goals set. As Eddy continued in the program, mentors noticed his keen interest in sailing and spoke to him about how to turn his newfound passion into a possible occupation or even a career. All mentors understand that passions evolve and interests wane, but as of now Eddy would like to keep sailing, join a Sea Scout ship and advance to Quartermaster to be accepted into the Coast Guard Academy and become an Officer. In contrast to other students that have yet to establish smaller goals to achieve their larger ones, Eddy has shown initiative by doing research, finding out what the requirements are and establishing a plan of action. Such level of enthusiasm to succeed and achieve a goal is a clear indication that Eddy has been positively affected by his time participating in after school Sailing Program.