Community Youth Development (CYD) Program

Administered by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
In 1995, the CYD Program was created to reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency in specific Texas zip codes. ZIP codes were selected based on referrals to juvenile probation, juvenile crime rates and other local factors.

While funding and oversight is provided through the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) (, local youth service organizations are selected via competitive procurement in order to administer the CYD Program for their community. Residents, businesses and other interested parties are encouraged to be involved in the development, progress and evaluation of CYD services for their community’s CYD Program.

The CYD Program serves youth up to the age of 17, with an emphasis on youth between the ages of 10-17. CYD eligible youth live in and/or attend school in one of 15 targeted ZIP codes. Mentoring, youth leadership development and the establishment of a Youth Advisory Committee are three mandatory service components that each local CYD program must provide. In addition, a vast array of services have been developed to meet specific community youth needs, including:

  • academic support services,
  • life skills and career development,
  • character education,
  • conflict resolution,
  • rites of passage programs,
  • youth sports and recreational services, and
  • programs that promote family support and involvement.

All CYD services are provided free of charge.

The 15 ZIP codes that offer CYD programs and services are:

El Paso
Fort Worth
Corpus Christi
San Antonio

The CYD program is administered by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Community Youth Development Program. To learn more, please visit