Supporting Our Community’s Most Vulnerable Children

Carolina Youth Development CenterThe Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) provides safe environments, educational support and career readiness to our community’s most vulnerable children. Their programs, in collaboration with the support of families and community partners, empower children to overcome challenges and succeed.

As a Medical Society of South Carolina grantee, the CYDC had the funds needed to hire a full-time nurse. “To-date, she’s served 144 children and teens placed in our shelters during the past year,” said Barbara Kelley Duncan, CEO. “She and our staff ensured that each child received the best possible care. We are deeply grateful for the Medical Society’s support.”

Founded in 1790, Carolina Youth Development Center is an important part of Charleston’s history, a direct descendant of the Charleston Orphan House, America’s first publicly-funded orphanage.

Today, CYDC provides programs reaching more than 1,200 children and youth locally each year. The organization cares for young people who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment, as well as providing resources and support to area families at risk of having their children removed from their home.

If you’re a runner and would like to support the CYDC, register for the Isle of Palms Run For The Child 3K or 10K this Saturday, October 3. Proceeds support the Carolina Youth Development Center along with other great local nonprofit organizations that serve children in our community. Register here.

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