The Queens Youth Justice Center is a community-based program that offers a range of services to local youth.
The Queens Youth Justice Center provides young people charged with low-level offenses with a range of short-term interventions that hold youth accountable for their actions while offering them a path away from justice-system involvement.
Alternatives to Detention
The Youth Justice Center offers young people charged with delinquency a community-based alternative to detention. Participants who successfully complete the program, which includes both after-school services and monitoring, are likely to receive community-based dispositions, avoiding placement in a facility.
The Queens Youth Court trains local teenagers to serve as judges, jurors, and advocates, handling real-life cases involving their peers. The Neighborhood Youth Justice Council allows youth to participate in justice-related policy-making and problem-solving to address neighborhood challenges. All young people at the Youth Justice Center can participate in ongoing community service learning projects that deepen civic attachments and create opportunities for leadership.
All participants at the Youth Justice Center receive case management services to promote positive growth and change. Case managers provide validated screening and assessment, treatment planning and referrals, linkages to evidence-based family therapy, and psycho-educational groups.
In collaboration with the New York City Department of Probation, parent coaches—many of whom have personal experience with the justice system—help the families of justice-involved youth navigate the juvenile justice system.
In collaboration with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, the Youth Justice Center provides structured supervision and services for youth returning to Queens following residential placement for delinquency. Young people and their families are offered a broad range of support including cognitive behavioral services, arts and cultural programming, and pro-social activities.