We promote public safety and improve the well-being of youth, families and communities by ensuring quality care and creating opportunities that are youth centered and family focused. We carry out this mission through innovative and research-based programming that includes therapeutic services, safe and secure custodial care, responsive health and behavioral health care, supportive reentry services and opportunities for educational achievement.
We are committed to creating policies and practices that acknowledge the strengths and needs of youth, families and communities and that support youth in making positive decisions in their lives, by:
We acknowledge that youth should be supported in the least intrusive manner and connected to their communities and families in a safe and nurturing environment, whenever possible. We take pride in our work, by holding ourselves to the highest standards, accepting responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes, and demonstrating integrity in all that we do.
DYFJ manages a comprehensive juvenile justice continuum of services for youth and families in New York City that includes:
The Division of Youth and Family Justice, with the sponsorship of NYC Service, offers volunteer opportunities for caring and conscientious adults from communities across New York City to work with division staff, ACS-contracted staff and community partners to support a diverse range of activities for justice-involved youth. Volunteers may provide support services at ACS’ Secure Detention Centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx or Close to Home sites within the five boroughs including Westchester, either in-person or virtually.
Some examples of the ways you can get involved include:
Please complete the application. All prospective volunteers are required to apply. See below for the complete volunteer application packet. Application may be submitted via mail, or email to DYFJ.VolunteerManagement@acs.nyc.gov. Once you submit your application, please allow at least 72 hours for processing, at which time a Volunteer Cordinator will reach out to you with further information. Refer to the Volunteer Manual (PDF) for further detail.
All volunteers must meet the following requirements: