David’s Challenge Incorporated (DCI) is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization.
DCI programming offers a caring and supportive environment; to produce in our youth an awareness of the need for them as young people with potential to move ahead and become their best selves, to go places and to make an impression and impact; to bring our youth through a process in which they develop independence, self-love, confidence, intuition, and objectivity by using critical thinking, time-management, cooperative leadership and public speaking skills; to equip young people with historical and cultural enrichment as a context for examining social responsibility and providing principled leadership to their community and the society at large. We believe self development is an ongoing process in which individuals are engaged and invested. Throughout this process people seek ways to meet their basic physical and social needs and to build competencies and connections they perceive as necessary for survival and success.
DCI provides case management, individual, family and group counseling and education, mentorship, and referral services to youth in our various programs: the College Preparation Program, a partnership program with Cuyahoga Community College offers Adult Basic Education, Literacy and G.E.D; assistance with college applications, financial aid and scholarship. The Leadership Program, a contract with the Cuyahoga County Department of Justice Affairs provides mentors to youth offenders returning to the community from a period of incarceration; professional adults are recruited and trained to be mentors for a minimum of nine (9) months; the Leaders of Tomorrow Program provides life skills, employability skills training and placement; this program is a partnership with the City of Cleveland One Stop Career Center in obtaining employment opportunities, apprenticeship and skills training programs; the Just for Us Teens Program, provides awareness and prevention education on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases to students in junior and high school, and community based programs; the Alpha Girls Support Group, provides individual, group counseling and support to girls ages 9 &ndash 16 who have been sexually abused; the Young Achievers Program provides afterschool supplemental education services, youth development programming, nutritious hot meals, evening snacks, summer lunches, and summer academic enrichment activities to students in grades K &ndash 8th, in the East Cleveland and Cleveland Municipal School Districts.