A friendly reminder about our upcoming 2 part event:

“Families Impacted by Incarceration: Policies and Practices for Funders to Consider”

The event will host a panel featuring advocates, service providers, formerly incarcerated mothers and young people. 


Tuesday, March 11th 2:30pm-5:00pm
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors 6 West 48th Street, 10th Floor New York, NY 10036 
This panel event will be followed by a site visit to the Bedford Hills women’s prison located in upstate NY (transportation provided)
Wednesday March, 19th 9:00am-4:00pm 
247 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Please see the link below for more details, and feel free to forward to others in the funding community that may be interested.
*We are happy to have you at both events but if you can only make one we still strongly encourage your attendance

March 2014 NYJJI 2-Part Program (2)

State of the City: An Agenda for Comprehensive Youth Justice Reform

Two weeks ago NYJJI invited the Alliance for Youth Justice & Safety* (formerly TBOCA) to share youth justice priorities for New York City’s new mayoral administration.  These priorities were discussed and decided upon by advocates, impacted family members and youth, service providers, and community-based organizations though a facilitated discussion that took place earlier which was co-sponsored by NYJJI.

That funders briefing is informing a future public event being co-sponsored by NYJJI and the Center for NYC Affairs at The New School to be held later this spring where key city officials as well as selected youth and parent representatives and a youth justice advocate will discuss these priorities and their visions for youth justice under Mayor DeBlasio.

To view the top 5 priorities discussed at the funder’s briefing click here: Top 5 Youth Justice Priorities 2014

*The Alliance for Youth Justice & Safety is led by the Center for Community Alternatives, Center for Nu-Leadership on Urban Solutions, Correctional Association of New York and Youth Represent.

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Measure This?


“I was once instructed by a nonprofit ‘guru’ that ‘everything can be measured.’ Even if I could concede to agree with the premise, I get stuck with the corollary: that we can develop standardized metrics to measure everything. In other words, as usual, it’s not the what, but the how.”

Read this thought provoking reflection on measurement- its value and its limits

To view this piece from Sonja Okun’s exalt blog click here

Program Profile: The Animation Project (TAP)


Recently one of our members, Dr. Cavin Leeman of the Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation suggested I meet with the executive director of an exciting arts program that has been working with court involved youth for several years now.

The Animation Project (TAP) nurtures the social, emotional and cognitive growth of at-risk youth, using digital art technology as a therapeutic medium and a workforce development tool. Each cohort of court involved youth that participate in the program work with an animator and a therapist to tell stories about their lives through animation. In the process they undergo a transformation of identity from “juvenile delinquent” to artist and entrepreneur as they reflect on their lives and work through new artistic mediums.

To view a sample video click here and to go to the program website click here

Youth of Color and the Juvenile Justice System: A Conversation with James Bell and Katayoon Majd

On February 19, JJIE hosted a live video chat with James Bell of the W. Haywood Burns Institute

and Katayoon Majd of the Public Welfare Foundation (and our very own NYJJI member! ). It was an informative and candid conversation on racial and ethnic disparities and the over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.

To access the video click here

Multnomah County taps federal dollars for new juvenile justice program

A new Multnomah County initiative to keep wayward kids with their families and out of jail could spur big changes to the youth corrections system statewide.

On Tuesday, leaders from the county’s Department of Community Justice announced plans to tap into federal money to help at-risk youth stay at home or in foster care while they are on probation, instead of shipping them to a youth home or correctional facility.

To read more about a “Close to Home” effort on the other side of the country (Oregon) click here

Boys’ Lock-up Rates Hit 10-Year High


New Haven, CT: The number of children committed to the Department of Children and Families for breaking the law has remained steady at about 340 children on any given day over the last five years. This is even after some 16- and 17-year-old offenders were brought into the juvenile correction system after enactment of Raise the Age legislation. Meanwhile, the number of children being served at the state-run boys’ detention facility has increased, while those served in group homes in the community has declined. To read this article (with great data visuals) click here

LGBTQ Youth Over-Represented Across Juvenile Justice System, Experts Say

One of the biggest contributing factors for LGBTQ youth to end up in the juvenile justice system is family rejection. Many youth, unable to feel accepted or safe at home run away. Lack of support in other systems, like school, is also a main factor…In addition “The school-to-prison pipeline for LGBT young people is a very common way for LGBT young people to enter the system,” To continue reading click here

The Great Hidden Secret: How ‘The Anonymous People’ is Changing Recovery Culture

“The Anonymous People,” which is having its theatrical opening at the Quad Cinema in Union Square in New York City on March 14, is a film that looks at the history of the recovery movement and the anonymity that is central to 12-step programs. But it also looks at the growing movement of people in recovery who are coming out publicly to shed the stigma that Williams says is preventing an estimated 23 million addicts from getting treatment. To read this article click here