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CMS Youth Development Division

Q.A.D.P (Queens Adolescent Diversion Program)

The Queens Adolescent Diversion Program (QADP) is a progenitor of all of CMS’ youth services and a cornerstone of its overall activities. Operating for the last 25 years, this evidence-based program is designed to be an alternative for youth involved in the Family or Criminal Courts. Young people charged with delinquency, or facing PINS petitions are teamed with trained college interns. The principal goals of the program are to prevent further police and court contacts, to improve the educational performance of the youth in the program and to effect improved family communication. The program provides one on one and team mentoring to 75 youth annually. The mentors are students of social work, psychology, political science and community health at local colleges and universities. The mentors spend six to eight hours per week with the youth out in the community, engaging them in goal setting and fostering communication, problem solving and self-advocacy. In this manner, they work directly with the youth’s family, friends, teachers and guidance counselors and enable the youth to access various educational, recreational and cultural activities.

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” —Confucius

QADP Mentor – Mentee Program


Pictured Above: Youth and mentors engage in a fall ’07 meet and greet event. The event is one of several tools used in the pairing of youth and mentors.

School Based Programs

The CMS School Based program is a unique initiative funded by United Way that is designed to cater to the needs of students facing barriers to high school achievement. The Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention (AIDP) programs are designed to keep students that are considered at risk of dropping out engaged and attending school. Educational Support Specialists, based at seven schools city-wide provide group and individual counseling for the students while monitoring their patterns of attendance and academic performance. Two of our schools also offer after school activities which serve as incentives to students for attending school and keeping up with their grades. Some of the after school activities offered include: Academic Enrichment, College Prep, Fashion Design, Photography, Recreation, Dance, Music Production/DJ, Culture Clubs, Cheerleading, Step, and Male/Female Empowerment Groups. CMS also provides mediation and conflict resolution services for three other NYC schools.

M. S. 246 Award Ceremony

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Students from the Walt Whitman Middle School (M. S. 246), were honored for their improved attendance, academic excellence and participation in CMS extra-curricular activities.

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M. S. 246 Culture Club students visit New York Historical Society

August Martin High School


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Students attend The Montel Show

Far Rockaway High School



“CMS has provided a safe place for my child to be after school. I know that when she is with CMS she is in caring hands. The program has also helped to increase my child’s self-esteem and confidence”. Parent

CMS Spring College Tour 2007