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Mayor de Blasio & Governor Cuomo Declare NYC Probation Week July 13th - 19th 

In recognition of national Probation Week DOP received a Mayoral Proclamation recognizing our staff, celebrating our collective accomplishments and declaring Probation Week in New York City, as well as a statewide Proclamation issued by the Governor.  

“I am honored to commend DOP on their 40th Anniversary and applaud its dedicated staff for their important role in helping us build a stronger, brighter future for our City,” said Mayor de Blasio.

For a copy of the Mayoral Proclamation click here.
For a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation click here.


Arches: A Transformative Mentoring Intervention Concept Paper 

The Department of Probation (DOP) has released the Arches Concept Paper, which can be downloaded on the DOP website. Arches is a unique program that offers group and one-on-one mentoring to help participants transform attitudes and behaviors around violence, serving young people whose needs go far beyond the traditional mentoring approach. DOP intends to expand the Arches program to non-DOP, high risk young adults residing in or near targeted New York City Housing Authority developments throughout New York City.  Comments on the Arches Concept Paper are due no later than August 8, 2014.


Third Issue of Free Verse Now Available! 

Free Verse is a journal of prose and poetry created by and for probation clients in our South Bronx Neighborhood Opportunity Network, or NeON. The project is led by Dave Johnson, the NeON’s poet-in-residence, and Lonni Tanner of See ChangeNYC, an initiative of NYD Department of Design and Construction.  The journal is more than just an inspiring concept and a beautiful design—it also contains some truly moving poetry. Read Free Verse.



Paid Sick Leave & Universal Pre-K 

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Universal Pre-K  

Arches Graduations 

DOP recently graduated two classes of Arches participants from  Arches, our transformative mentoring program. The graduating classes consisted of Brownsville NeON clients and South Bronx NeON clients. 
The graduates have successfully completed a curriculum designed to help them self-examine certain attitudes and behaviors that may be keeping them in the criminal justice system. They have also worked with mentors who link them educational, vocational, and therapeutic opportunities. All were recognized with Certificates of Achievement at ceremonies hosted by DOP partners –The Osborne Association in the Bronx and the Center for Nu Leadership in Brownsville. Most notably, Abdul Nixon of the Brownsville NeON was recognized for his exemplary program activism and excellent attendance. Both ceremonies were packed with friends, family, mentors, probation staff, and the media.

For more news media coverage of the ceremonies click the links below:
Bronx NY1
Bronx New 12
Brooklyn NY1
Brooklyn NY Daily News

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.
                       
Eleven organizations currently have NeON Arts programming underway in seven NeON communities:

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant: The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions and Xmental 
  • Brownsville: Young New Yorkers
  • East New York: ARTs East New York
  • Harlem: Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Voices UnBroken
  • South Bronx: Free Verse, Music Beyond Measure, and Voices UnBroken
  • South Jamaica: Life Light Street Productions
  • Staten Island: The Animation Project

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: http://www.nyc.gov/cgi-bin/exit.pl?url=http://www.carnegiehall.org/NeONArts/      

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.

The New York Times Article on NYC YES

On February 28, The New York Times published a column by Jim Dwyer on 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. NYC YES is a partnership between DOP and the Clinton Global Initiative. The stars of the article are SPO Stephanie Arno and PO Francine Burbridge, who are recognized for their persistence and passion. Are you a probation client who wants to learn more about NYC YES? Talk to your Probation Officer, click HERE to sign up or call 212-361-8969. To view photos from the first NYC YES fair in the Bronx, visit the DOP Flickr page.

Second Issue of Free Verse Now Available!

Free Verse is a journal of prose and poetry created by and for probation clients in our South Bronx Neighborhood Opportunity Network, or NeON. The project is led by Dave Johnson, the NeON’s poet-in-residence, and Lonni Tanner of See ChangeNYC, an initiative of NYC Department of Design and Construction.  The journal is more than just an inspiring concept and a beautiful design—it also contains some truly moving poetry.  Here’s just one example from the second issue, which was just released:

I believe
in justice for all,
though no one opens a door.
in opportunity,
though the best ones don’t reach me.
in freedom, in equality,
but mostly I believe
in me.

- Taisha Williams

Read Free Verse.

Important Announcement For All Manhattan Probation Clients Reporting to the Kiosk Machines

As of February 1, the Manhattan kiosks have been relocated to 66 John Street, 4th floor. Click here or see below for a map:

DIRECTIONS: John St. between William & Nassau.
Take the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Fulton St. station.

Please see the kiosk attendant or your Probation Officer for more info.

You should continue reporting on the week of your birthday.

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 or call 212-361-8969. 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.

DOP Receives Excellence in Community Crime Prevention Award from the American Probation and Parole Association

On January 12, the American Probation and Parole Association presented the Excellence in Community Crime Prevention Award to the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) at their national Winter Training Meeting in Houston. The award recognized DOP’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON), a groundbreaking initiative that consists of seven community-based probation offices that work with local organizations, government agencies, businesses, and community residents to link probation clients to nearby opportunities and services. DOP also operates seven NeON Satellites, which are co-located at community-based organizations. DOP Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi was on hand to receive the award.
 
“The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) was born from a simple idea: the best way for us to enhance public safety is to become a valued and contributing member of the communities where large numbers of our clients live,” said Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi. “While we still have a long way to go, receiving this prestigious award is further proof that we’re on the right track. On behalf of everyone at the NYC Department of Probation and our many community partners, I’d like to thank the American Probation and Parole Association for this honor.”

DO MORE GOOD: A Progress Report from the NYC Department of Probation

DOP is in the midst of a transformation that has involved community stakeholders and every level of the agency, from support staff to probation officers to senior leaders. Working together, we have built on a strong foundation to establish DOP as a national leader in the probation field.

Even as we continue to implement and innovate, we thought it was important to take a step back and put our accomplishments in context. We are proud to share the result with you:

DO MORE GOOD: A Progress Report from the NYC Department of Probation (also available as a PDF).

We hope you will read this report in the spirit it was created: As a tribute to our staff, our partners, and every client who has met us halfway and used their time on probation as an opportunity to get their life back on track.

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 http://www.path2grad.org  or by calling 718-557-2525
  • Students can also visit the official TASC website (with sample items for the 2014 test) at http://www.ctb.com/Tasc

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
Center

The Bronx Defenders

Youth Represent

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

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