Executive Order 150 instructs City employers not to ask job-seekers about any criminal convictions during their first interview, or on any preliminary application documents. We call this policy “Ban the Box”. Job seekers will no longer have to check a box indicating whether they have a criminal record unless they are applying for a job in public safety or working with children. This will give them a fair chance to compete in the job market..
Justice Scholars is an education program for young adults who are involved in the criminal justice system. Participating scholars receive support as they continue in school and plan for the future. The program provides specialized attention, including counseling, to each scholar.
Justice Community is a program for young adults involved in the criminal justice system. The program brings people together on projects to benefit their communities. It is also flexible, providing each participant with support towards his or her educational and career goals.
ECHOES is a program for teenagers in the Family Court. Through ECHOES, young people will stay in their communities and meet four times a week with their probation officers,. The probation officers will serve as life coaches and help their probationers learn stronger social and emotional skills. ECHOES will also work with a community organization to help young people prepare for entering the job market.
Community Education Pathways to Success
Through Community Education Pathways, community organizations will provide reading and writing classes for young adults on probation. The classes will be for young people who aren't ready yet to the GED.
Arches: Transformative Mentoring
Arches is a group-mentoring program for the young probationers. The program supports young adults as they go back to school and re-enter the job market. Through Arches, young adults meet regularly for six months with a group of other teens, adult mentors and, probation officers.
AIM: Advocate, Intervene, Mentoring
AIM is a one-on-one mentoring program for young probationers. AIM pairs these young adults and their families with an adult advocate. The advocate provides intensive mentoring and also connects the young adult and his or her family back to school and to other resources.
NYC Justice Corps
NYC Justice Corps is a program that helps young people involved with the criminal justice system work together on projects that serve the community. NYC Justice Corp projects teach teamwork and leadership. Once Corps members have completed their service projects, they have access to paid internships. They also have access to job coaching and on-going support through an alumni network as they re-enter the work force.
Removing Obstacles Working Group
A criminal justice history can make it hard for someone to get a job, go back to school, and access other services. Through YMI, a group of community-based organizations and City agencies meet regularly to bring down those barriers and help people who have been involved in the justice system re-enter their communities.
Rap Sheet Assistance
A criminal justice history can make it hard for someone to get a job, go back to school, and access other services. Errors on a RAP sheet can make it even harder. Through YMI, a group of community-based organizations will help young people get mistakes on their RAP sheets fixed.
Voting and Civic Engagement
The right to vote is a powerful tool for making one's voice heard. The Young Men's Initiative supports increasing voting rights outreach and education for young people.
Ban the Box
Launched in August 2011, the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a cross-agency enterprise that is culmination of 18 months of work, begun when New York City committed to finding new ways to tackle the crisis affecting its young Black and Latino men. The City pledged to invest a combination of public and private funds to support new programs and policies designed to address disparities between young Black and Latino men and their peers across numerous outcomes related to education, health, employment and the criminal justice system. These programs and policies will break down barriers to success and help young black and Latino men achieve their professional, educational and personal goals. The Young Men’s Initiative is funded through a combination of city funding and generous contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Society Foundation.
Neighborhood Opportunity Networks
Young people on probation are more likely to be successful if they can access opportunities in their own communities. Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs) will help probationers do just that, instead of having to travel from their neighborhood to see their probation officers. There are currently 7 NeONs and another 7 NeON satellite offices open throughout the city.
Close to Home
New York City has successfully lobbied for the passage of the Close to Home law, which grants New York City custody of City youth who are currently held in detention facilities upstate. This law ensures that juvenile-justice involved young people will be housed, supervised and served here in New York City, closer to their own communities and to to their families.
Individualized Correction Achievement Network (I-CAN)
I-CAN provides young people 19 years old or older who are detained at Rikers Island with special supportive services from community-based organizations. These services are designed to help young people successfully transition back into their neighborhoods after they leave Rikers Island.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Through DBT, mental health experts will provide specially structured group therapy sessions to young people at Rikers Island who need mental health care. In addition to the group sessions, DBTalso includes individual care so that every young person can get the treatment they need.
Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE)
ABLE is designed to help young people at Rikers Island improve their decision making and problem solving skills, so that they can stay on the right path after they return to their communities.
Court-based Intervention and Research Teams (CIRTs)
The CIRTs are a court-based alternative for NYC Department of Correction inmates who have mental health issues. For qualifying inmates, the CIRTs provide case management, linkages to mental health treatment, and community-based supervision
Pathways to Excellence, Achievement, & Knowledge (PEAK)
is an education-focused alternative to placement program for high-risk young people. DOP has partnered with two local high schools and two non-profit organizations to provide an intensive program that provides participants with day-long, year-round support.
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