Fredrick Douglas once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”, an idea that I believe to the core of my heart. Children are so easily influenced, if put with the right caring people, their lives would be changed forever. My name is Ricardo Perry, the founder and director of Connections and You, Inc. (CYI). I believe that children need consistent, positive and influential people in their lives to effect change.

One of our biggest problems when it comes to our children is the lack of positive influence. CYI is here to be a solution to that problem. Truth is, the world is full of good, sound, and moral people. Imagine if each of these individuals connected with just one child. Also imagine that caring adult being there for them, encouraging them, helping them set goals and becoming successful. What would our world be like if that happened?

CYI has made it our mission to bring together positive adults with children in order to make our world better. Join us in this effort, contact us for more information. Children are a gift from God; it is our job to care for them. It will always take a village to raise a child, you my friend, are part of that village!
It's that time of year again and we need your support!  Now in existence for over 5 years, Connections & You, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in the Charleston community, continues to expand its mentoring programs and service projects throughout the community. We hope that you will be able to support one or more of the many exciting events that we are offering again this year.  We have three major efforts in the next several months and we need your help reaching our financial goal!

E-Board end of year celebration – May 15th. Gatlinburg, TN. This is an appreciation trip for the hard work of the executive board and to signify the end of a calendar year.

Awards Banquet – June 13th. This is a recognition ceremony for the boys who committed to the success of the program throughout the year with consistent participation at monthly sessions and community service projects, and also               recognizing each child for their academic successes.

D.G.C. Retreat – July 23-25th. Myrtle, Beach, SC. This is a celebration of a completed year for all the boys who maintain participation throughout the year with monthly sessions & community service, while maintaining                             responsibilities with home and school expectations.

We hope you will join us once again in reaching our fundraising goal.  A simple donation can be made by clicking on the DONATE link below. This year our goal is $12,000.00 and we hope that you will be able to make a contribution. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work.

Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size!

If you prefer to mail a donation, click here for our mailing address.
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