Above is  a video that shows how the Reach Your Potential Model has transformed the lives of thousands of  children, youth, families, adults and youth workers:       

Please Support GDS and The Reach Your Potential Program!

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Thank you for helping individuals families and communities to Excel and Reach their Potential!

Growth and Development Services Inc. (GDS)
@ NYC’ Armory @ 168th Street
216 Fort Washington Ave.
New York, NY 10032
Growth and Development Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, a 501(C)(3).

Mission and Program Services

In the New York/Metropolitan area, there is a dire need for therapeutic and recreational services, especially in communities faced with poverty, poor education and unmet socio-emotional issues, i.e. high rates or suicide, homelessness, violence and drug use.

Growth and Development Services (GDS), is a nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1996, was created to provide essential services for individuals and families challenged by health, emotional, behavioral, educational and social issues. GDS programs equip clients with the tools they need to excel and the opportunity to Reach Their Potential! GDS has two core programs:

  Youth and Family Services

  • Individual, Family, and Adult Counseling
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Advocacy and Referral
  • Reach Your Potential Groups
  • Parent/Caregiver Groups
  • Reunions
  • Community Service Projects

The Training Institute

  • Team-building
  • Excel Retreat
  • Leadership Development
  • Youth Worker’s Training
  • Life-Skills Coaching
  • Motivational Seminars
  • Community Advocacy
  • Peer Leadership Program


Our Vision

Our vision is to brand our proven successful model, The Reach Your Potential (RYP) model to become a gold standard for therapeutic and recreational programs for youths. We aim to eventually brand and intensively market our Training Institute programs and courses in order to ensure the survival and continuation of our ideas and techniques beyond the survival of GDS.

GDS is proud of its collaborative approach with other schools and agencies in the community.  Through our new collaboration with The David Lynch Foundation (DLF), we plan to make the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique available as a part of GDS’ Reach Your Potential Model. TM provides a valuable, lifelong resilience and stress-reducing tool to the population served by GDS. It is a technique that alleviates stress, improves mental and physical health, and develops individual academic, and creative potential. GDS will be pioneering the first therapuetic after-school program with Transcendental Meditation (TM) in New York City. To learn more about Transcendental Meditation (TM) and The David Lynch Foundation please click here.

Group E on Hill

Team GDS at Camp Excel!


GDS @ DHS’ Armory at 168th Street
216 Fort Washington Ave.
New York, NY 10032

Armory Build out  GDS teens at the office

GDS and Camp Excel built out raw space at DHS’ Armory at 168th Street.  A “Home” for individuals and families to Reach Their Potential!

If you have any questions regarding GDS, their programs, or how to make a donation please complete the form below and we will contact you.

Growth & Development Services, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) a nonprofit organization.

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