So young people can count on us from jail,
to court, to neighborhood.
Our mission is to break cycles of incarceration and build an equitable justice system by providing young people with individualized advocacy, mentorship, and opportunities to grow, thrive, and lead.
Radical change, one youth at a time
young people whose lives have intersected with the city’s jail system are served each year; that's 17,000 total engagements with young people, for periods averaging over 20 months.
of youth sentenced have had their sentences reduced or have been released from jail as a direct result of our intensive mitigation and court advocacy.
new job placements every year, and our career skills workshop has a 95% graduation rate.
instructional hours per year are provided by our Center for Education, with a 9-1 student to teacher ratio and individualized support from tutors and advocacy staff.
of our Youth Mentor staff are YJN program alumni, uniquely positioned to lead and support their younger peers.
connections to holistic support each year: that means calling grandparents, sitting in court with siblings, waiting with aunts for the bus at Rikers — anything we can do to strengthen a young person’s support system.
Resilient young people, relentless advocates
[Youth Justice Network] aren't trying to make you better for the moment, they're trying to make you better for the long term.
At Youth Justice Network,
everyone has a someone.
Our services and programs offer a variety of opportunities for young people to grow and thrive, but our core model throughout is constant: all participants have a staff member they can count on.
Join Our Fight
Stand in solidarity with our mission to break cycles of inequality and fight systemic racism by giving young people the opportunities they have been denied. Join our community, and together we can make a difference.