The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) helps build stronger and safer communities by working with and supervising people on probation, fostering positive change in their decision-making and behavior, and expanding opportunities for them to move out of the criminal and juvenile justice systems through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement, and civic participation.
Program Overview: Works Plus
Works Plus provides flexible work readiness wrap-around services to young adults aged 16 to 30 who have been touched by gun violence and referred to the program by the NYC Crisis Management System (CMS).
Using teams of credible messengers to mediate conflict on the street, CMS connects high-risk individuals to a range of services including Works Plus, that can reduce the risk of long-term violence. Participants come from different backgrounds with varying levels of education and prior work experience, and the program is designed to meet them “where they are,” both in terms of locality and service type/intensity. Works Plus assesses participants in order to provide an individualized program experience with the ultimate goal of increasing exposure to the world of work, increasing each participant’s level of work readiness relative to where they started, and reducing the likelihood of participation in violent activity.
Program activities include career awareness services, connection to educational opportunities, vocational skills training, assistance with job search competencies, and case management. There is also a strong emphasis on soft skills and basic life skills development as a means towards work readiness. Participants may also receive a stipend of up to $1,500.
|Community Parter||Areas Served|
|Brooklyn Community Services||East New York|
|Bronx Parent Housing Network||Morrisania|
|Center for Community Alternatives||Canarsie, Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Park, Flatbush|
|The Fortune Society||Queensbridge|
|Getting Out and Staying Out||East Harlem|
|Good Shepherd Services||Bedford Park/Fordham, Eastchester/Edenwald, University Heights|
|Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island Inc.||Coney Island|
|Justice Innovation||Bedford-Stuyvesant (79th Precinct), Brownsville, Crown Heights, Jamaica, North Shore|
|The Osborne Association||Mott Haven|
|RiseBoro||Bedford-Stuyvesant (81st Precinct)|
|Sheltering Arms||Far Rockaway|
|Union Settlement Association||East Harlem|
|Urban Youth Alliance||Grant Concourse, Belmont/East Tremont/East Farms, Soundview|