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, and a referral form here. Once completed, forms can be emailed to HJC@courtinnovation.org or faxed to 646-490-5025. For more information call 646-593-8520. Applications for our next cohort are due January 24, 2017.
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How It Works
Eligibility: 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 Harlem (zip codes 10026, 10027, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, or 10040). Corps members must be: currently on probation or parole; or released from the City’s jail system or an NYS prison within a year of enrolling; or currently or recently enrolled in an alternative-to-incarceration program; or referred by a specialized court. Corps Members must be avaliable Monday-Wednesdays 9-5pm and on Thursdays for meetings with their Life Coach and Employment Specialist. The goal is to select a diverse group of Corps Members who are motivated to support each other in achieving career goals. Corps Members who need assistance completing the application can make an appointment with a staff member for assistance.
Job Training: Each participant is assigned a Life Coach who works with him/her during the program. The first three months of the program focus on community projects, life skills, and education. After three months, Corps Members graduate and are connected to additional vocational training, employment, or ongoing educational services. Corps Members receive a stipend during the first three months of the program and may be eligible to receive other incentives based on their performance.
Alumni Services: After graduation, the next nine 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 support 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, College Initiative, and other partners.