Partners for Youth with Disabilities

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In 1985 Regina Snowden founded Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) in an effort to provide mentoring and support to what she recognized as an underserved population. In that first year PYD was able to provide mentoring to nine youths. In the three-plus decades since, the program has grown in leaps and bounds. It now operates five award-winning programs that serve hundreds of youth with disabilities each and every year. From mentoring and academic support to arts and entrepreneurship training, PYD’s innovative programs collectively promote the agency’s aim to “promote inclusive practices, self-esteem, creativity, healthy lifestyles, and career development for youth and young adults age 6 to 24 who face daily challenges.”