Youth Action Institute

Youth Action Institute
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Members of the 2016-2017 Youth Justice Board with Benita Miller
'Homeless Not Hopeless'

Members of the 2016-2017 Youth Justice Board pose with Benita Miller, executive director of New York City's Children’s Cabinet, at the release of Homeless Not Hopeless.

Youth Justice Board members Khaleek and Ananya meet with Randy Scott
Doing Research

Youth Justice Board members Khaleek and Ananya interview Randy Scott of the city's Department of Youth and Community Development.

Youth Justice Board members Zhiya and Jordan
Preparing to Present

Youth Justice Board members Zhiya and Jordan prepare to present to policymakers at the release of Homeless Not Hopeless.

Youth Justice Board members and staff visit City Hall
Visiting City Hall

Youth Justice Board members and staff pause outside City Hall after an interview with members of the New York City Children’s Cabinet.

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News

  • How A Secretive Police Database Affects Young Black And Brown Men

    WNYC

    The Center’s Youth Action Institute (formerly called the Youth Justice Board) alum and current WNYC Radio Rookies reporter, Rainier Harris, is an advocate for abolishing the NYPD’s gang database, which he researched as part of our 2020 report called ‘All Eyes on Us.’ As Rainer shares on this segment, the database is a list of more than 17,000 people that police have labeled as gang members, often without any known affiliations to a gang.

  • Changemakers in Action: Jennelle Ramdeen

    As program associate of the Youth Justice Board, Jennelle Ramdeen helps young people acquire skills to research and make recommendations about public policy issues that affect their lives. She teaches participants “how to think critically, make connections, [and] have the tools to analyze and be responsible researchers." 

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