New York Juvenile Justice Corps


Established in October of 2010, the New York Juvenile Justice Corps is an AmeriCorps service program that seeks to prevent young people in New York City from becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system. AmeriCorps is a federal program that offers opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. The New York Juvenile Justice Corps works throughout New York City with a focus on youths currently involved, or at risk of becoming involved, in the justice system. Juvenile Justice Corps members help to address the educational and social needs of vulnerable young people.

The New York Juvenile Justice Corps builds upon the legacy of the Red Hook Public Safety Corps. For 15 years, the Public Safety Corps program played a critical role in transforming Red Hook, Brooklyn from a neighborhood once notorious for crime and neglect to one characterized by economic development and hope. The Juvenile Justice Corps takes the Red Hook model to the next level, serving young people across New York City.

How It Works

A member surveys a resident in Brownsville, BrooklynA member surveys a resident in Brownsville, BrooklynThe New York Juvenile Justice Corps consists of 58 members that range in age from 18 - 55. From diverse backgrounds, members serve for one year and are placed throughout New York City at Center for Court Innovation project sites, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Office of Children and Family Services facilities. Members assist in various settings, including youth court, attendance courts, New York City Family Court, New York City Criminal Court, reentry programs and alternative-to-detention programs.

Members receive intensive training in family engagement, educational advocacy, career exploration and clinical services. Members serve as a bridge to surrounding communities by helping connect residents to services and information, leading workshops and after-school programs, and providing case management, academic support and educational advocacy. Members also organize and participate in large-scale volunteer service events that improve community safety and pride, such as graffiti removal and park clean-ups. Members are eligible to receive an education award, living allowance, free child care and health care, in addition to learning valuable professional skills.

If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member, email a cover letter and resume to

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