New Website to Connect Youth to New York City Resources
Teenagers create nextmovenyc.org for 'disconnected' youth
About 20 percent of young people in New York City are considered “disconnected,” meaning they are not in school or employed. Teenage members of the Youth Justice Board created nextmovenyc.org for this group of their peers. Designed through a collaboration with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and designer Greg Mihalko, nextmovenyc.org includes over 150 education, employment, housing, legal, and health resources for young people ages 16-24 who are not in school and not working. The site allows users to navigate resources based on their needs and target the search to their neighborhoods.
The Youth Justice Board is an after-school youth development program overseen by the Center for Court Innovation. The idea for the website came out of recommendations published by the Board in June 2012 about improving school attendance called From Absent to Present: Reducing Teen Chronic Absenteeism in New York City. One of the Board’s recommendations was to expand the availability of education services to young people with specialized educational needs, for example, those who wish to return to school after an extended period of absence, or those at risk of failing to complete high school.
Members of the Youth Justice Board produced nextmovenyc.org after spending 10 months researching the issues of school attendance and chronic absenteeism in New York City. To develop the website, Board members interviewed teachers, principals, and senior staff at the New York City Department of Education. To bring in their peers’ perspectives, they conducted multiple focus groups with teens who struggled with school attendance to learn about chronic absenteeism, the challenges they faced in completing their educations, and the types of resources they found most helpful in reconnecting to school and employment. Designed to appeal to teens and optimized for a mobile platform, nextmovenyc.org provides disconnected teens a way to immediately access relevant programs and organizations, linking directly to their websites and enabling users to call organizations with the click of a button.
Dr. Timothy Lisante, Superintendent of New York City’s District 79, said of nextmovenyc.org, “the Youth Justice Board’s website will be a tool in navigating school re-engagement. It is very inspirational to see New York City students positively contributing as the City looks to ensure that everyone graduates with truly no child left behind.”