Leaders for Change

Due to the pandemic Growth and Development Services (GDS) is now providing its programs virtually.

Leaders for Change

GDS's newest virtual initiative, Leaders For Change (LFC), enables youth to support one another emotionally, socially, educationally, and in their careers.

The program is led by the youth, while a team of experienced and talented volunteers guide them in workshops in leadership development, communication, job/college readiness, and life skills.

We provide the youth with tools to combat stressors by learning wellness practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and the importance of self-care. These social and emotional tools empower youth to be self-advocates and voices for their peers who are not able to speak-up for themselves. 

Reclaim most-needed Mental Health Services 

The video above explains Growth and Development Services (GDS) wrongful eviction, as well as the mismanagement of The NYC Fort Washington Armory, a city-owned building.


In the summer of 2019 GDS was forced out of its "home in the Heights". GDS’s Community Advocacy Program is working diligently to reclaim this community space for most needed mental health, youth development and intergenerational programs.