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GDS empowers at-risk teens to make unprecedented life transformations by providing them with the inspiration and means to discover and sustain purpose, pride, and hope in themselves, their families, and their community.
Since 1996, GDS has empowered hundreds of teens and families to reach their potential through our comprehensive therapeutic model including educational guidance, practical skills, and positive peer interaction. Annually GDS initiates its teens at Camp Excel in Upstate New York where they begin a process of healing without feeling threatened by the rampant negative influences in their neighborhood. After bonding at Camp Excel, the teens return prepared to attend our after-school program, where they set and achieve personal goals. Through GDS's innovative Reach Your Potential! behavior modification model, teens are rewarded for improving academic achievement, school attendance, and social behavior. Teens also receive individual and group counseling, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention.