To promote the character, leadership, and social development of young boys and girls.


Our mission is to connect caring adults with children that would assist in cultivating and building positive character in them through intentional mentoring. We seek to challenge positive men and women to engage the mind and soul of a child, ultimately bringing about productive citizens in society.

"The Starfish Story"

A well-known author was vacationing on a beautiful coast.  One morning, very early, he was walking along the beach.

In the distance, he saw a lone figure dancing.  Fascinated by this celebration of the dawn, he moved closer.

It was then that he realized that a young man was not dancing, but was picking objects up from the beach and tossing them out into the sea with a graceful movement.

As he approached the young man, he saw that he was throwing starfish."Why in the world are you throwing starfish into the water," he asked.

"If the starfish are still on the beach when the tide goes out and the sun rises higher in the sky, they will die," replied the young man as he continued tossing them out to sea.

"That's ridiculous!  There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish.  You can't really believe that what you are doing could possibly make a difference?"

The young man picked up another starfish, paused thoughtfully, and remarked as he tossed it out into the waves,

"It makes a difference to this one."

~ Loren Eiseley


One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove....but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. 


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!


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