Create Your Dreams

Georgia
Create Your Dreams nurtures the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas of Atlanta. With new data management tools they’ll be able to ensure that the needs of students are being met and that the program is successful. Total Amount Needed $7,025 Adopt Today View All Nonprofit Projects

Project Scope

Create Your Dreams seeks to leverage proven data management tools to capture and report on outcomes of the CYD program.

Project Solution

Tracking and maintaining the relationships and progress of the children CYD serves is daunting. Leveraging Cloud Essentials for Nonprofits, a proven data management tool, will enable CYD to stay on top of the needs of each individual child, track and report on the successes of the program as a whole, and easily manage relationships with volunteers and funders.

About the Nonprofit

Create Your Dreams (CYD) is a long-term, youth development program dedicated to nurturing the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas of Atlanta. CYD provides the resources, relationships and opportunities children living below the poverty line require to reach their potential.

CYD provides year-round, wraparound programming for 50 families and 60 graduates. Approximately 80 children between the ages of 8 and 18, and 60 young adults receive CYD programming. Students are 100% minority (99% African-American, 1% Latino) and we serve equally boys and girls.

Create Your Dreams CYD develops the whole child, creates a culture of success, sets high expectations and creates opportunities through their Five Core Programs: AfterSchool, Weekend Enrichment, Tutoring, College Dreamers, and Summer Camp. CYD also provide access to higher education and ultimately economic empowerment through our College Needs Fund. Because most CYD students are first generation high school graduates and the first in their families to attend college, they require additional support understanding the pathways to college and the financial assistance to make college a reality.

“I joined Create Your Dreams (CYD) at age 11 and it truly shaped the individual that I was to become. Through CYD, I was exposed to things that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience. With the help and support of CYD I am a first generation high school graduate, college graduate and I recently earned my Masters in Perfusion Science. Today, I am a member of an open-heart surgery team at UAB, in Birmingham, Alabama. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have accomplished all that I have without the support, examples and love that was provided by CYD.”
-Willie Glaze, CYD ’05 & University of Nebraska Medical Center ‘15