This blog contains news and information from the New York Juvenile Justice Corps, an AmeriCorps service program and a project of the Center for Court Innovation. The New York Juvenile Justice Corps works throughout New York City with a focus on youths currently involved, or at risk of becoming involved, in the justice system. Juvenile Justice Corps members help to address the educational and social needs of young people.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
What is Your Teen Doing this Summer?
employment and activities are critical to the social and economic development
of our young people. The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2012, 16- to
19-year-olds in New York City have experienced an unemployment rate of above
30% for three years in a row, three times the city’s unemployment rate. One in
five New Yorkers between 18 and 24 are out of school and out of work. A report issued this year by New York
City’s Workforce Investment Board described the consequences of young adults
struggling to find jobs. “Research has indicated that work is ‘path-dependent’:
those who work at age 17 are more likely to work at 19, and more likely to work
into their early 20s and beyond.” And unfortunately, many young people without
employment, extra-curricular activities, or in school, get bored and get into
Our young people
are eager to work, earn money, and learn new skills if given the opportunity.
To that end, the Red Hook Community Justice Center is providing several
On May 7th,
the Justice Center hosted its Annual
Summer Internship Fair for teens and young adults at the NYCHA Miccio
Community Center. Over 200 young people came out to learn about exciting
opportunities with organizations like: Exalt; Added Value; Groundswell Mural
Project; Youth Made Media, and Green City Force.
Center will offer an exciting new photography program called JustArts: Photo Voice in partnership
with the Brooklyn Arts Council. Twenty participants ages 16-24 will be selected
to participate, and will receive a $600 stipend, metrocards, and a camera.
Participants will learn the technical and artistic skills of photography and
explore various themes through the photo voice curriculum, with the instruction
of professional photographers.
Center will continue its successful collaboration with the local and renowned
Red Hook gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, and provide summer
programming for local pre-teens though our JustArtsDrawing Program: Make Your Mark. Students will explore the many ways and artist can draw
INSIDE OUT. The will learn to use their imagination skills and create drawings
like never before. Students will be led by K.I.D.S. Teaching Artist, Meghan
Keane. Participants must be 11-13 years old and preferably live in Red Hook.
The Justice Center
has just finished recruitment for our Summer
Internship Program for high school students.Teens will receive professional development training at the
Justice Center and are then placed at local organizations and businesses. Nearly
200 applications were received for just 15-20 spots.
The Justice Center
will also begin recruitment for its AmeriCorps program, the New York Juvenile
Justice Corps shortly, so look out for more information.