About Us

For more than 24 years, Growth and Development Services, Inc. (GDS) has helped inner-city youth in Upper Manhattan beat the odds and create bright, self-sufficient futures. Through our quality after-school and summer programs, counseling services, training programs for aspiring mental health and youth workers, and community advocacy, we’ve leveled the playing field for more than a thousand underserved young people, providing them with the skills, support, confidence, and motivation they need to succeed in school, in their communities, and in the workforce.