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YDO Gives Thanks 2019


On Tuesday, Nov 26th, YDO held its 5th YDO Gives Thanks, a potluck Thanksgiving dinner for our students and families. We are grateful for everyone who attended or contributed! This was our best-attended…

We Got It, Again!


THANKS, CUMMINGS FOUNDATION! In 2015, YDO received a grant from the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program this award fundamentally changed our organization. YDO acquired First…

YDO 2018: Another Amazing Year


THANKS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS! The last several years at YDO have been marked by tremendous growth, in students served and programs delivered, and 2018 was no exception! Over the last year, we worked…

Three Students Earn STEM Honors


2018 GOLDEN GEAR RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED At this year’s YDO Gives Thanks, Director of STEM Programs, Doug Prime, recognized the achievements of three students who have demonstrated exceptional…

Future Leaders Learn from Local Legend


A group of Lawrence’s future leaders (aka YDO Kids) had a special opportunity to learn directly from one of this country’s most generous and successful entrepreneurs. Bill Cummings, founder…

2018 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race


YDO KIDS WIN IN LKSR EXPERIENCE YDO teams used bike parts, flotation devices, lumber, and water propulsion and steering systems as well as a lot of creativity and ingenuity at the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture…