Harlem Justice Corps
Part of the New York City Justice Corps initiative, the Harlem Justice Corps is an intensive career development and service program for justice-involved young men and women, ages 18-24, who are seeking employment, education services, and meaningful opportunities to serve their community. The Justice Corps seeks to improve the education and employment opportunities for Corps Members, reduce recidivism, and support community development in Harlem.
All potential participants must complete an application which can be found here.
A PDF version of the application can also be downloaded here. Once completed, it should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (646) 490-5025. Applications for our next cohort are due January 10, 2014.
How It Works
Recruitment: Corps Members are recruited through a competitive process from justice agencies, alternative-to-incarceration programs, and through local outreach. Eligible participants are young men and women aged 18 to 24 years old who reside in East or Central Harlem (zip codes 10026, 10027, 10030, 10037, 10039, 10029, and 10035). Corps members must be: currently on probation or parole; or released from the City’s jail system or a NYS prison within a year of enrolling; or currently or recently enrolled in an alternative-to-incarceration program; or referred by a specialized court. The goal is to select a diverse group of Corps Members who can benefit from the program, including Corps Members who are seeking to build their academic and job skills. Corps Members who need assistance completing the application may sign up for regularly scheduled help sessions led by program staff.
Job Training: Each participant is assigned a Life Coach who works with him/her during the program. The first three months of the program focuses on community projects, life skills, and education. The next three months are devoted to internships, vocational training, and job placement. After six months, Corps Members graduate to employment and ongoing educational services. Corps Members receive a stipend during the first six months of the program and may be eligible to receive other incentives based on their performance.
Alumni Services: After graduation, the next six months is dedicated to additional employment and academic support. Corps Members maintain contact with their Life Coach, and have access to a range of services and supports through the Corps and our partners.
The Harlem Justice Corps is sponsored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Prisoner Reentry Institute and the Center for Economic Opportunity's Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). The Harlem Justice Corps partners with the Center for Employment Opportunities, Literacy Partners, and College Initiative.