Our Mission

Community Governance & Development Council (CGDC) is a non-profit community organization aimed at empowering Southwest Yonkers through technology, participatory urban planning, and community leadership development.

Our Community, Our Vision, Our Plan.

We believe that in order for community development to be successful, it must be driven by, and serve the interests of the local community. Through conducting needs assessments and facilitating community dialogue, CGDC creates comprehensive neighborhood plans, and helps to organize community members to put those plans into action.

Innovation + Self-Determination.


We are committed to building bold and effective community leadership, particularly among youth, in order to create the changes that we want to see in our neighborhoods.


Guided by community input and energy, we are developing a comprehensive neighborhood plan for Southwest Yonkers that will serve as the roadmap for our work in the community.


Through local business and cooperative incubation, and stratigic employment training and placement, we plan to promote a model for growth that will combat both poverty and displacement.

  • Latest News

    A Critical Win for Southwest Yonkers.

    A key demand in our fight for community benefits at the School 19 development site has been met. This past April we packed the Mayors reception room during an IDA hearing in advance of a vote that would approve $1.6 million in tax breaks to School 19 developer Alma Realty who won the rights to develop the site, but failed to break ground after almost 4 years. We demanded that the tax breaks be denied unless Alma was willing to negotiate community benefits. The primary demand was for the proje...

    Beyond #FreeSchool19

    Over two years have passed since the Yonkers City Council voted to sell the former School 19 building at 70 Jackson St. to Long Island City developer, Alma Realty Corp. Against the wishes of many community residents, the developer proposed to replace the dilapidated school with 91 market-rate apartments and 95 parking spaces. In an effort to stop the sale and convince the city to consider an alternative community proposal that had been submitted along side Almas, local residents packed the co...
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  • Get Involved

    Thanks for your interest in becoming an Active Supporter. Your support is critical to our work and we appreciate your willingness to contribute. Below is a description of our current active supporter role:

    Digital Supporter: A digital supporter is someone who supports CGDC and is willing to use their digital/social influence to make more people aware of our work, activate new supporters, and help bring in new resources.

    Organizer: A passionate individual who is dedicated to supporting CGDC by using their activism to engage in grassroots campaigning to ensure the needs of our community are being met.