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Youth Wrap (Weekend Restorative Assistance Program)

When Superstorm Sandy struck with a vengeance in  2012, causing unprecedented destruction as 80 mph winds and record storm surges wreaked havoc, we launched Youth WRAP (Weekend Restorative Assistance Program)  a weekend program centered around the restorative justice approach, designed to foster a sense of community engagement and shared accountability began the clean-up efforts of homes, shorefronts and communities. 

The program engages adolescents and young adults ages 14-24 in meaningful service oriented work on Saturdays.  Young people learn the skills necessary to pursue employment opportunities, along with basic life skills and conflict resolution. Projects this Fall include rehabilitating churches, planting in parks, beautifying and rebuilding community gardens, or preparing care packages and distributing food items for those most in need. 

Our Girls Run New York City

Through a community partnership with the New York Road Runner (NYRR) our young women participated in two New York Mini 10K’s along with probation staff.  Each time they were determined to finish, and they did it, supporting each other along the way.  Their motivation and pride in themselves and each other is inspiring. 
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.

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

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. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Friday, October 13th.  It is also the last day to change your party affiliation for the 2018 election cycle. 

For more information log onto

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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