The New York Juvenile Justice Corps is off to another great start. We’ve just entered our third year of operation and completed the first week of orientation and training. Established in 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. The Corps is comprised of 58 members that primarily come from New York City. Members work with hundreds of young people every year and serve at CCI projects including: Harlem, Red Hook, Brownsville, Midtown, Staten Island Ready, QUEST, CCI's Youth Courts, the Attendance Achievement Program and the Youth Justice Board. Members also serve with our partners at the John Jay College Office of Community Outreach and Service Learning, and the Office of Children and Family Services.
In addition to serving thousands of young people throughout the five boroughs, the Corps is also designed to give members a valuable service and professional experience. The corps builds a public service fellowship of volunteers that can actively serve their communities and take the skills they learn with them into their own professional endeavors. Members learn about the Center for Court Innovation and our various projects. They are also trained in a variety of topics related to the criminal justice system, youth development, professional development and community engagement.
Members come with a variety of personal, educational and academic backgrounds, but all members have a strong desire to serve and improve the lives of young people in New York City. We’re looking forward to another fantastic year of service.
Members participate in a planning exercise for upcoming volunteer events
Declan Walsh, Director of the John Jay College Office of Community Outreach and Service Learning, speaks to the members about the meaning of service