CCFY is pleased to have the opportunity to present our work to ABA members at the National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law.
Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) is a New-York based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to mobilize indigenous faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community-based alternative-to-incarceration programs for youth. CCFY believes that increasing local community capacity to work with youth in the justice system is the key to reducing youth crime and delinquency, and improving long-term life outcomes for youth.
Juvenile Justice & Social Media
CCFY helps youth who have had contact with the juvenile justice system by connecting them to positive adult mentors and involving them in community improvement projects. Through the power of mentoring, we have seen hundreds of young people go through a transformative process that leads them to help, not hurt, their communities. We help youth build their skills in ways that help them avoid criminal activity and prepare them for a lifetime of productive employment.
Young people, however, are especially vulnerable to harmful consequences related to their online presence. In 2011, the NYPD formed a new unit to monitor youth activity on social media, which has been hailed for fighting violent crime – and also criticized for invading privacy and overreaching. Young people’s Facebook posts have been used to build criminal conspiracy cases against them, yet advocates say that the police often misinterpret idle chatter or loose associations as evidence of gang involvement.
Young people’s online profiles may also hurt their chances in the workforce, as employers are increasingly using social media as form of reference checks. Young people could benefit from the following support:
(1) Review of a young person’s social media presence and customized assistance with increasing privacy settings and removing negative and potentially incriminating material.
(2) Assisting young people (and mentors) with establishing a positive online presence (e.g. creating a LinkedIn profile).
Please consider supporting our work financially through a Donation. The generous financial support of people just like you makes a huge difference to CCFY and to the youth and families we serve.
If you are interested in giving your time to help CCFY or members of the CCFY family, please fill out our ABA Volunteer Form, and we will reach out to you to discuss ways we can partner together.