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NeON ArtsSM as a Model for Achieving “Culture and Social Well Being” in New York City

A ground-breaking University of Pennsylvania study assessing the impact of the arts on New York City neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage found that the presence of cultural resources has a significant positive impact on a neighborhood’s health, the outcome of it’s schools and it’s crime rate. 

The findings include:

  • A 14% decrease in cases of child abuse and neglect
  • An 18% increase in kids scoring in the top stratum on English and math exams 
  • An 18% decrease in the serious crime rate

The report makes three profound conclusions each of which is addressed by the NeON Arts model.


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New Hope Family Worship Center Salutes SPO Paul Leone and P.O. Danielle Owes for Outstanding Community Service

Youth Wrap’s SPO Paul Leone and P.O. Danielle Owes is set to be honored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.  Both Leone and Owes managed the Youth Wrap site at New Hope Family Worship Center located in East New York, Brooklyn.
The church leadership nominated the officers for their compassion, professionalism, and service.  The award will take place this evening at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY., in the Community Service room beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Congratulations to Youth Wrap, SPO Paul Leone and P.O. Danielle Owes. 

Saluting a True Community Mom: BFIS Parent Coach Jeannette

I am a mother of six children. I now serve as a parent coach in Bronx Family Intake Services (BFIS) through a partnership with the New York City Department of Probation (DOP), and Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) a local community based organization whose mission focused on developing effective alternatives to incarceration for youth.

When I first received the phone call that my young son was arrested, my husband and I were devastated. As a mother, I was numb, confused and riddled with guilt. I did not know what to do, where to turn, so I began to immerse myself in learning about the juvenile justice system because my child’s future depended on it

When the opportunity arose to become one of the first parent coaches at DOP, I jumped at the opportunity to help guide parents and guardians through each stage of the process and share resources. I knew from my own experience that when a child comes into contact with the juvenile justice system, the family’s involvement in the process is critical to the child’s success. The family is a child’s main emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual resource. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone and can shed valuable insights into your child’s behaviors and needs.

Parents need someone to listen, and most of all to let them know not give up on their child. If we give up as parents or caregivers, what message are we sending to our child and others? One of the challenges parents have is finding resources. There is an array of resources available at DOP’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network NeON SM a network of community organizations, government agencies, and local businesses, that connect people on probation and other community residents with opportunities, resources, and services in seven NeON offices and seven Satellite offices throughout the five boroughs. It takes a village to raise a child and Probation is a part of that village. It is a team approach and a true partnership.

Helping Families Find Their Way

I was experiencing trials with my son who became court involved and was struggling with what to do and I had to come to grips with the reality of the situation. I was introduced to Good Shepherd Services Brooklyn Life Program and I began to see things differently. Good Shepherd Services is a social service and youth development agency serving vulnerable New York City children and families through a network of community-based programs in South Brooklyn. I met with mentors and received preventative services. I made significant changes at home and things started to turn around for my son. I began volunteering my time. I was approached to become a parent coach to provide individual support to parents, guardians, and families in navigating the juvenile justice system and in taking an active role in their children’s cases. Since it began in 2014, over 830 families across New York City have participated, and as a result, we have seen both increased parental involvement and understanding of the system.

I have been able to meet parents where they are and move them from a place of distress. I love to see a family grow and become different than when they first came. I always let parents know they have the ability to change the atmosphere in the home and we are going to get through this together. I never let them feel alone until they feel like they are self- sufficient enough to tell their child they are going to be okay. And even then, they know if they need me I am here.

NeON Arts Brings Music, Theater, Dance, Digital Media & More to NYC Neighborhoods

NeON Arts is a public/private initiative that funds local arts projects in seven communities that are home to significant numbers of people on probation.  Through NeON Arts local artists and community members collaborate on projects in a variety of artistic modalities including dance, music, theater, visual art, poetry, and digital media. In addition to creating meaningful art projects that benefit local communities, participants learn important new skills and develop positive peer relationships.

See what's in store at the Staten Island NeON. Click here .

A calendar of free public events to be presented this spring by NeON Arts in all locations will be posted online in May.  Click here to find addresses for all NeON locations

For information about applying for NeON Arts funding:      

NeON Arts is a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  Funding provided by the Open Society Foundations through a grant to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of the NYC Young Men's Initiative.

Upcoming Voter Registration Deadlines - The deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election is Friday, August 18th.

Yes, 2016 was a big year for elections: President, Congress, State Senate and Assembly. But 2017 is, in many ways, even more important for us New Yorkers! Elections for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough Presidents, District Attorneys, City Council, and other offices are all on the ballot this year.

DOP plays an important role in this initiative. Virtually all Probation clients who are American citizens and are at least 18 years of age can register and vote , even if they have a felony conviction. At Probation offices in each borough, voter registration forms and instructions are available, not just in English, but in Bengali, Chinese, Korean and Spanish as well. There’s time to register for this year’s Primary Election and General Election, but now that it’s June, the clock is ticking!

See the deadlines , courtesy of the New York State Board of Elections:

Do You Want to Go To College or Learn a Trade?

DOP announces Connecting NYC Youth to Educational Opportunities (NYC YES) , a new program that will connect probation clients to organizations that can help them enroll in college or a vocational training program.  

Interested? Talk to your Probation Officer, click HERE to sign up. Eligibility requirements:

  • 16-24 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED

NYC YES is a partnership between DOP and the Clinton Global Initiative .

Paid Sick Leave & Universal Pre-K  

Paid Sick Leave  

Universal Pre-K   

News for Clients

The GED has been replaced in New York State by the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) which will continue to lead students to a High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.

Here are some updates on the new test:

  • The test is free
  • The test is available in English and Spanish
  • The test is comprised of 5 sections: English Language Arts Reading, 2) English language Arts Writing, 3) Mathematics, 4) Science and 5) Social Studies
  • The test is linked to the Common Core Standards, which will better prepare students to be career and job ready
  • The test will become more difficult through 2017 when Common Core Standards are fully implemented
  • Computer based testing will be phased in through 2017, but there will always be a paper based version
  • Partial passing scores from the previous GED test will be allowed for 2 years (2014 and 2015) to count towards the new HSE test
  • The website for the Department of Education provides additional information on how students can prepare for the test; the information can be accessed at  or by calling 718-557-2525
  • Students can also visit the official TASC website (with sample items for the 2014 test) at

Clients can always speak with their probation officers about enrolling into an HSE program.

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Register to Vote

Many probation clients are eligible to vote despite having a criminal record. Learn more about who is eligible to vote.