2019 Annual Year-End Appeal

 We need your support to ensure that America’s future leaders–like Rediat, whose story typifies CDI’s role and impact–continue to flourish and achieve what’s possible! 

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Dear Donor,

Your financial support empowers CDI to impact more than 1,300 students in the DC Metro area through our Scholars and School Support programs.

CDI’s impact is unique. The return on your financial investment is clear. 97% of CDI Scholars graduate from college, as compared to the 11% national average for low-income, first-generation students. CDI Scholars obtain more than $33,000 in college grants and scholarships, more than double the national average. CDI’s School Support program helps our high school partners as they work to improve college guidance for their students.

On behalf of CDI, I thank you for your engagement and ask you to consider making a gift before the end of 2019.

Over six-years, we work intensively with each CDI Scholar to help them plan for, apply to and graduate from four-year, best-fit colleges. Our program also includes mental health counseling and support. Our new Career Mentoring Initiative will provide experiential learning opportunities, a professional mentor, and access to workforce opportunities in their chosen fields.

We need your support to ensure that America’s future leaders – like Rediat, whose story typifies CDI’s role and impact – continue to flourish and achieve what’s possible!

Please invest in the lives of the extraordinary and deserving young people we serve by sending your gift today.

With gratitude,

Amma Felix


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icon-cap-diplomaOnly 11% of low-income students enrolled in college will graduate.

icon-college97% of CDI Scholars graduate from college, and the majority of them are employed in their field or moving on to a graduate program.


43% of students who grow up in poverty remain in poverty as an adult. A college education is correlated with higher lifetime earnings, economic security, and general wellbeing.

Julia Ngoc Nguyen

Julia moved from Vietnam to the United States when she was 10 years old. She was bullied in school and told she would end up working in a nail salon.  With the assistance of CDI and our amazing donors, Julia graduated from Goucher College with a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology. In 2015, she began working as a clinical research assistant at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.

“CDI basically opened up my mind to new possibility and perspectives…Because of CDI, the person that I am today is more open-minded and unafraid to explore uncharted territories.”

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You can help students like Julia!

Donations to the CDI Scholars Program are what make these life-changing opportunities possible.

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By 2020, 65% of jobs will require post-secondary education or training beyond high school.

The six-plus years we spend with every CDI Scholar—from 10th grade through college graduation—are the beginning of a journey that we are honored to be a part of.

The success rate of our Scholars is nothing short of spectacular, and we couldn’t do it without the support and caring of our sponsors. If you’d like to join the CDI family and become a part of changing young lives, please get in touch with our team. We’d love the chance to show you the impact you can make.

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