Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence while reinforcing individual strengths. Our vision is to provide our youth with a safe, structured environment that encourages healthy boundaries, positive self-esteem and the ability to make good choices for a full and successful life.
The Big Idea
Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence qhile reinforcing individual strengths. They offer their youth a safe, structured environment, encouraging healthy boundaries and development of self-esteem and the ability to make good choices for a full and successful life. They’ve established their High School Leadership, Life Skills & Job Preparation program, in which high school students are taught to serve as mentors and role models for elementary and middle school youth while maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA and volunteering for two quarters of school or a full summer. CPY then hires those high school students. While this is an important opportunity to develop necessary job skills, it’s also a lesson in the importance of giving back to one’s community.
I have been a part of the high school leadership program for 3 years, where I have learned leadership and communication skills throughout the years. I was a student in the program, I started at the age of 7 when I was a first grader and have stayed with the program until this day because CPY is not just a mentor/tutor program for me but as well as my second family I can go to. CPY has changed my life in many ways no one could ever imagine and as well help me figure out the career I wanted to major in once I finished with high school, Since I love working with kids and fascinated with medicine I want to go into the Pediatric field. I have to thank CPY for everything that I have accomplished up to this day because they believed in me when I did not even believe in myself.
- Paulina Antonio, Senior at Seaside high School