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If you are looking to pursue a meaningful career in criminal justice, social work, program management or community relations, the New York City Department of Probation has a wide range of exciting job opportunities. Every day the staff of NYC Probation helps to build stronger and safer communities by supervising people on probation and fostering opportunities for them to move out of the criminal justice system through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement, and community participation. Find out how you can make a difference in your community by visiting and check out the video
Trusted Relationships Mentoring Program for Youth on Probation Reduces Reoffending
Study finds program significantly reduces recidivism for young adults on probation

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Probation Commissioner Ana M. Bermúdez today announced that young people under probation supervision who participated in the Arches Transformative Mentoring Program were significantly less likely to have future justice system involvement…

“In New York City, we believe in giving young people a second chance – and opportunities to change themselves and their communities for the better. Mentoring programs like these are laying a strong foundation and creating pathways for young people to lead productive, stable lives,” said Mayor de Blasio. 

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For more information on Arches, transformative mentoring and the work of credible messengers:
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Made In NY Animation Project

Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin, Probation Commissioner Ana M. Bermúdez, several hundred school children, and The Animation Project Founder Brian Austin joined animation industry professionals were on hand at the Harlem Neighborhood Opportunity Network to unveil the City’s Made in NY Animation Project.

The animation project is a groundbreaking initiative that will reach 1,800 young New Yorkers in all five boroughs during the coming year and offers participants the opportunity to engage in storytelling, gain technical skills in 3D computer animation, and qualify for paid internships in this burgeoning field. The unveiling included a showcase of the first cohort’s completed animation projects, as well as a VR and computer demonstration in the Animation Lab at the Harlem NeON. For more information click here.

NeON Nutrition Kitchens

Food, rent and utilities are expensive. And, many New Yorkers struggle to feed their families. That’s why the Department of Probation has opened five NeON Nutrition Kitchens throughout the city. These neighborhood food pantries help people transitioning from the justice system to stay on the right track. But you don’t have to be on probation to come to a NeON Nutrition Kitchen – one day each week, the Nutrition Kitchens are open to residents of the local community.  When you visit a NeON Nutrition Kitchen, you’ll get free, nutritious groceries and great service.

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.


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  

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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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