CM Rose, Justice Community Plus participants, and the Youth Justice Center staff!
Staten Island Youth Justice Center
In 2009 the Center for Court Innovation officially opened the Staten Island Youth Justice Center. The Youth Justice Center operates an array of programming for local youth, with a particular focus on engaging those with justice involvement. Current initiatives include a teen-led youth court, an alternative to detention program, and a job readiness program. By offering positive pro-social programming for young people, the Staten Island Youth Justice Center aims to stop the cycle of crime for adolescents while reducing reliance on detention. The comprehensive programming offers all participating young people leadership development and service opportunities designed to promote positive engagement in the Staten Island community.
How It Works
The Staten Island Youth Justice Center operates a variety of programs serving local youth. Although every program is unique, each shares four main components:
Engagement: Staff work with mandated and voluntary youth to engage them in pro-social activities and strengthen decision making skills. Each program combines individual sessions with group activities and field trips to expose participants to new ideas and opportunities.
Help: The Youth Justice Center coordinates with local community-based providers to offer ensure all youth receive appropriate wrap-around services as needed. Staff conduct assessments with court-mandated participants and offer case management services to all youth on a voluntary basis.
Service: All programs provide volunteer opportunities for participants to develop a sense of civic engagement and connectivity to the local community. Past projects have included serving at a volunteer-run thrift store, park beautification events, and assisting at area museums.
Accountability: For those youth referred to programs as a condition of their justice-involvement, staff coordinate with families and court players to ensure compliance and support. Each participant receives an individualized-service plan tailored to address their needs and court obligations; staff then work with the youth to support their continued compliance, minimizing re-offending behavior and/or placement.
The project is funded by the City of New York, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, and City Council Member Debi Rose. A variety of government and private funders also provide ongoing support.