Carolina Youth Development Center Opens New Independent Living Facility

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Carolina Youth Development Center Opens New Independent Living Facility

CYDC held the Nu House Ribbon Cutting on April 16, 2019 in North Charleston.

April 17, 2019

North Charleston, South Carolina- Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) held a Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 16, 2019 at its North Charleston campus for “Nu House“ an independent living cottage for youth ages 18-21 in foster care. More than 60 members of the community including North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Mrs. Sandy Tecklenburg, Mr. ShaMarcus Simmons of Cummins, Inc. and representatives from the North Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Charleston Metro Chamber were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion.

(L-R) Sandy Tecklenburg, Sue Shuler, ShaMarcus Simmons, Beverly Hardin, Mayor Keith Summey

“We know that the transition into adulthood for any child is a joyous, yet challenging, time to navigate—and this only intensifies for youth living in foster care,” said Beverly Hardin, CEO of CYDC. “Data tells us that children who age out of foster care without a support system end up on a bleak path and we are determined to help shift the tide in a more positive direction. We believe in the inherent potential of young people, no matter their circumstances. Nu House will help each resident reach their full potential through unique programs, supportive coaching and practical incentives that put them on a path to success.”

Members of the community listen to Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, SC.

The Nu House cottage has twelve beds for youth ages 18-21 living in foster care, with plans to expand in the future. CYDC is excited to fill a gap in services in the Tri-county area for youth in this age bracket; current residents come from all over the state and CYDC welcomes referrals from other agencies.

For more information contact Kate Buckholz,

Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC), offers a continuum of services from prevention to transition designed to protect childhood, empower families, and prepare youth for adulthood. CYDC is committed to empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. Caring for young people who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment, as well as providing resources and support to area families at risk of having their children removed from their home, CYDC reaches over 900 children and families each year.

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