|What would happen if CYC no longer existed?
Last year, CYC’s Board faced this question. The state’s budget impasse meant social services across the city were cut, and CYC lost critical funds. We faced difficult decisions. It was hard to believe that systems designed to support our children, families, and communities would ultimately fail them.As we grappled with how to overcome these challenges, we thought of Alainia in South Shore, who discovered her love of science after she built robots in the CYC Maker Lab
. We thought of Roxane in CYC’s Arts & Innovation Club
, who sold her first painting at a CYC gallery night in Bridgeport, where her mother noticed that her usually shy little girl was beaming with pride. We thought of the 2,000 extraordinary children in our programs and the countless family members who depend on CYC to help nurture and instruct them.We chose NOT to disrupt our programs, Centers, and communities.