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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.

DOP Celebrates Women's History Month at the Jamaica NeONSM

New York City Department of Probation (DOP) Commissioner Ana M. Bermúdez Esq., Deputy Commissioners Sharun Goodwin and Gineen Gray, Associate Commissioner Lisa Frost, Queens Adult Services Assistant Commissioner Karen Armstrong and Queens Family Intake Services Director Shamira Gambrell celebrated Women's History Month with a moving lecture and discussion by Jamaica, Queens native Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's Hair Care. The event is themed “Preparing for a Better Me” included a health and wellness forum, clients shared their personal success stories and modelled items from DOP’s Clothing Closets.  DOP Clothing Closets, located in all five boroughs, provide free new and slightly used career clothing to clients and other community residents.

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.

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

GED Changes in 2014:

As of January 2014, 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.

RAP Sheet Assistance Project

Have you encountered trouble finding work or housing because of errors in your criminal record?

There are community-based providers who can help you clean up your RAP sheet - and it’s FREE!

Below is information on the participating providers: 

Are you 24 or older? Contact one of these organizations:

Are you under 24?

Community Service Society

Legal Action

The Bronx Defenders

Youth Represent

102 East 22nd St
(near Park Ave)
(212) 614-5428
*By appointment only

225 Varick St, 4th Fl
(near W. Houston St)
(212) 243-1313
*By appointment only
360 East 161st St
(near Courtland Ave)
(718) 838-7878
108 Leonard St
(near Lafayette St)
(212) 553-6655
Information Center

Get an ID
Having an ID (identification) is one of the keys to success.  Don't have one?  Visit the ID= website for help.

Register to Vote

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