Raise the Age: Changing Youth Justice in New York City

Raise the Age
Changing Youth Justice in New York City

New York is one of just two states in the country that automatically treats 16- and 17-year olds as adults in the criminal justice system. In recent years, advocates and legislators — including the state’s chief judge — have pushed to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. Now, in the midst of a national scandal over the treatment of adolescents at the Rikers Island Jail, we convene the experts for a discussion of the movement to Raise the Age: How will the influx of adolescents impact the city’s newly reformed juvenile justice programs? How can the system ensure that 16- and 17-year olds get their best shot at success?

A conversation with:
Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson,administrative judge, New York Family Court
Commissioner Ana Bermuez, NYC Department of Probation
Sonja Okun, founder + executive director,exalt

Soffiyah Elijah,
executive director, Correctional Association of New York

Moderated by:

Abigail Kramer, assitant editor, Center for New York City Affairs at the New School

Admission is free but you must RSVP.

Sponsored by the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM


The Center for New York City Affairs is an applied policy research institute based at the
Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.


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NYJJI Briefing on Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice

When:10 am-12 pm on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

What: Private NYJJI members-only conversation with Commission Co-Chairs and Commission staff

Who: Leadership:    Jeremy Creelan and Soffiyah Elijah, Commission Co-chairs


Nick Turner, Krista Larsonand, , Dan Wilhelm, Chris Henrichson , Jennifer Ferone, 

Vera Institute of Justice

Where: Ford Foundation, 11th Floor training room

320 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

For list of Commission members & their bios, please see:

Jeremy Creelan, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice

Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York

Krista Larson, interim director, Center for Youth Justice at Vera Institute


Our annual Members Meeting is just around the corner. Remember that this is our most important get-together, and an opportunity to speak about your most important projects. This is meant to be a planning retreat to discuss what programs to prioritize in the upcoming year, rather than a program briefing.

Date: 9/29/14

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location: The Pinkerton Foundation, 610 5th Ave # 316, New York, NY 10020

Since we have a full agenda, we want to start promptly at 2pm.

Please email me at to confirm your attendance no later than Thursday, September 25.  If you are not able to come, I would very much appreciate your letting me know asap so I can follow up with you prior to the meeting to get your thoughts and input.

Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice Meeting 
Tuesday, July 29, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m
One Pace Plaza, Pace University, Student Union (Level B)
New York, NY 10038
Find the link to the event here:
Click on the above  link to an important Raise the Age event where where key participants from the Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice and other invited speakers will hold a public forum to discuss various perspectives on the Raise the Age effort and also provide an opportunity for the public to address the Commission.
Also, we strongly encourage you to invite other advocates, funders and concerned citizens from your networks so that this event benefits from strong attendance and participation

Vera’s Center on Youth Justice has recently wrapped up a study examining services available for girls who are involved with New York City’s juvenile justice system. Please join us as we share our findings at a roundtable discussion to be held at the Vera Institute of Justice on June 13, 2014 from 9am- 10:30am.  This group discussion will be an opportunity to come together and discuss what works and what doesn’t work for NYC’s at-risk girls.

Please plan to arrive between 8:45 and 9am.

Services for Girls in NYC’s Juvenile Justice System:

A Presentation of Findings and

Roundtable Discussion

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

June 13, 2014

9 to 10:30am, with doors open at 8:45am

Light Breakfast Served

RSVP to Insiyah Mohammad:


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The Quality of Justice:  After-Arrest & Beyond in The BronxA Public Conversation on the after-arrest ecosystem in The Bronx and emerging non-profit interventions as they impact the quality of justice in the borough and the experiences of young adults in our City.
Friday, May 9th, 2014
11:30 AM – 1:00 PMHostos Community College -Dining Hall
450 Grand Concourse-‘C-Building’
3rd Floor
Bronx, NY  10451Moderator: 
Sharun Goodwin, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of ProbationPanelists:
Victoria Sammartino, Voices Unbroken
Rev. Que English, Bronx Clergy Coalition
Ruben Austria, Community Connections for Youth
Kate Rubin, Bronx Defenders
Julie Peterson, Pinkerton Foundation
Marianna Schaffer, David Rockefeller Fund
Maria Mottola, New York Foundation
Yvonne Moore, Chief of Staff to Abigail E. Disney

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Youth Justice, Police and NYC’s Neighborhoods


The Center for New York City Affairs at
The New School presents 
a Child Welfare Watch forum 
Co-sponsored by the New York Juvenile Justice Initiative
There’s been a sea change in New York City juvenile justice policy and police practices over the last two years: Courts now place most teen delinquents in city programs close to home, rather than upstate; and police have sharply reduced the use of stop and frisk, a tactic that overwhelmingly targeted young men of color. Policymakers in the new administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio seek to drive change even further, to improve police-community relations and strengthen juvenile justice programs while also securing public safety. How does the administration intend to pursue its objectives? What do community leaders and others believe needs to change? Will young people and community residents gain a meaningful voice in both policy and practice? And can better data collection and data sharing help shape new solutions, both inside and outside the walls of government?A conversation with:
Gladys Carrion, commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
Joanne Jaffe, bureau chief, New York Police Department
Chino Hardin, field trainer/organizer, Center For NuLeadership on Urban Solutions 
Gabrielle Prisco, director, Juvenile Justice Project, Correctional Association of New York 
Chris Watler, project director, Harlem Community Justice Center at Center for Court Innovation Moderated by: 
Andrew White, director, Center for New York City Affairs, The New SchoolAdmission is free but you must RSVP.This forum is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Prospect Hill Foundation and the Sirus Fund. Additional funding for the Child Welfare Watch project is provided by the Child Welfare Fund, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation.


8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

“Families Impacted by Incarceration: Policies and Practices for Funders to Consider”A friendly reminder about our upcoming 2 part event:

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)

“Know How” Film Screening

It is with pleasure that we invite you to join the Pinkerton Foundation
staff at a screening of the Possibility Project’s first feature film,
“Know How,” an eye-opening film that follows the journeys of five NYC
foster youth as they struggle to find hope. The screening will take
place at Philanthropy NY (79 Fifth Avenue between 15th and 16th) on:

Tuesday, February 25 from 2:30 to 5:00pm

Popcorn and beverages will be served.  We hope you can join us.  Please
RSVP to Julie Peterson at

“State of the City: An Agenda for Comprehens​ive Youth Justice Reform”

A private briefing on Thursday, February 20th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the New York Foundation offices, located 10 East 34 Street.

We have invited the Alliance for Youth Justice & Safety* to share youth justice priorities for New York City’s new 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.

The briefing on Thursday February 20th will inform 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 (early April) so Andrew White, executive director of the Center for NYC Affairs, will also be in attendance on February 20.

Please rsvp to me as soon as possible, Kassa Belay at, if you plan to attend.

*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.

Feb 20 State of the City Funders Briefing Flyer

The Council of State Governments Justice Center has led a national project to engage leaders in education, health, law enforcement, and juvenile justice from across the political spectrum to address the over-use of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in US public schools and their harmful effects on children’s academic and social development. The project concludes later this year with a set of consensus recommendations to guide local, state and federal action to improve the climate for learning in schools and prevent children from being pushed out of school.

Please join  on November 19th for an advance briefing on the Consensus Project and how community leaders and grant-makers can use the recommendations to advance reform. The briefing is being hosted by the Just and Fair Schools Fund, a joint effort of 13 local and national foundations, including The Atlantic Philanthropies, to eliminate harsh school disciplinary policies through grassroots youth, parent and community-led organizing. Details for the event are below.

Donor Briefing and Discussion

National Consensus Recommendations for School Discipline Reform: A Sneak Preview & Preparing to Seize the Moment

Tuesday, November 19, 2013   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Hosted at The Atlantic Philanthropies   |   75 Varick Street, New York, NY, 10013


9:00 – 9:30            Coffee/juice & informal conversation

9:30 – 11:30         Briefing and discussion

11:30 – 12:30       Brunch


RSVP is required. Please email by November 5th for building entrance or phone-in information.


BK Nation Young People Speak Out in New York City

OCTOBER 30 @ 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Youth Truth FlyerBK Nation, Hot 97, Global Grind, Vibe, Buzz Brand Marketing, AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc., Dubspot, Urban Word NYC, Prezi, Center for Community Alternatives and New York Institute of Technology


YOUTH TRUTH: young people speak out!

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Who:  All Youth and Young Adults, Citywide! Admission is FREE!…NO RSVP needed

Time: Doors open at 4:30pm and the program begins at 5:30pm SHARP

Where:  NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway, between 61st and 62nd Streets

The event will feature a livestream and live tweeting as young people talk about the issues that matter most to them, including

•Money & Jobs
•Health & Self-esteem


The Secret Ingredients to Effective Funder Collaboratives & Collective Impact

Date: 11/12/2013
Time: 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Philanthropy New York, 4th Floor, 79 Fifth Ave., NYC
Registration: Register for this event

Funder collaboratives come in many shapes and sizes. There is no right or wrong way of doing them; it all is contingent upon the specifics of each group and their goals.

Come hear collective impact guru Laura Herman interview three funder colleagues and their key partners. In this dynamic case-study-style program, participants will see and engage in how New York, Connecticut and New Orleans all have different but equally effective ways of approaching funder collaboratives within the same issue area of juvenile justice.

Philanthropy New York Members Briefing sponsored by The Frances Lear Foundation, The Tow Foundation and the New York Juvenile Justice Initiative.

This program is “Partially Open.”


Designed for

All interested funders.
2:45 – 3:00 PM Check-in
3:00 – 5:00 PM Program


Registration is required by November 8th.
Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click on the link above (visible until November 8th). No fee.

Non-members: Please email A staff member will contact you regarding payment for a $150 fee.

Please email with any questions.

October 17, 2013 9am-12pm: 10 East 34th St 10th fl (between 5th and Madison) New York, NY 10016 (The New York Foundation) 

  • NYJJI Membership Meeting- this is our most important get-together, and an opportunity to speak about your most prized projects. This is meant to be a planning retreat to discuss what programs to prioritize in the upcoming year, how we float ideas and funding proposals and the general strategic direction we envision for NYJJI going forward.
  • The draft agenda is as follows:1)      Welcome and Introductions2)      NYJJI Purpose, Goals & Quick Intro of new Exec Committee3)      Possible programs for the 2013-2014 year – what are priorities and how many should we organizea.       Full briefings – (member generated and member hosted)b.      Policy Update Phone Conference Calls – (usually organized by executive committee)c.       White Papers – (example is recent brief about Raise the Age)d.      Website Resources – (weekly blogs, links to articles, essays, reports, etc)e.       Group Site Visits – (in the past we have visited detention and placement facilities, model programs, and affected neighborhoods)f.       Public/Private Partnerships – (talks with Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, visits to new efforts such as the NeON Centers)4)  Collaboration – how do we work together to coordinate resources for timely projects?5)      Review of budget/finances for the year6)      New Membership Outreach
  • Since we have a full agenda, we want to start promptly at 9 am so breakfast will be available from 8:45 am

May 1, 2013 1-4pm: Shirley Chisholm Residence, East New York, Brooklyn. The Community Provider Experience with the Close-to-Home Initiative. An Open House Celebration and Panel Discussion About:

  • The Missouri Approach

  • Infusing the Sanctuary Model for Trauma-Informed Care

  • Specialized Non-Secure Placement for the LGBTQ Population

  • Solution-Based Casework and Aftercare

  • The Youth Experience

  • Lunch will be served in the garden and transportation from Manhattan will be provided



A conversation with:

  • Vincent N. Schiraldi, commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
  • Ronald E. Richter, commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
  • Ruben Austria, founder and executive director, Community Connections for Youth
  • Sharieff Clayton, program coordinator, CASES
  • Jaime T. Koppel, director of youth and education justice, Children’s Defense Fund-New York
  • Cynthia Armijo, executive director, Boys Town New York

Moderated by:

  • Andrew White, director, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School


Call participants include:

  • Michele Sviridoff, Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator for Research and Planning
  • Larry Busching, First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator
  • Annie Salsich, Director of Vera’s Center on Youth Justice
Courtney Ramirez, DMC Coordinator New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

Hosted by Brooklyn Defender Services and New York Community Trust @ The New York Community Trust, 909 Third Avenue (Between 54th and 55th Streets), 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10022

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation at John Jay College
  • Al Siegel, Deputy Director of the Center for Court Innovation

January 31, 2013, 10am-12pm: Briefing on the Close to Home Initiative Implementation With Deputy Commissioner Raye Barbieri  of the Division of Youth and Family Development (ACS). The Pinkerton Foundation, 610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 316, New York, NY 10020