How did the nation start spending more on punishing young offenders than on trying to give them opportunities that would have kept them from breaking the law in the first place?
CCFY is offering Membership Opportunities. Now CCFY’s friends can join the movement to make sure that no child is put in prison!
As important as education and training are, they often fall by the wayside for young people…
By DeVanté Lewis, an active member
of United Playaz of New York who lives in the Bronx and works as an artist for social change and development. He is a co-author of the Support Not Punish Report.
With generous support from the New York Foundation, CCFY youth interns conducted their own research into the impact of the juvenile justice
My name is Chanel Thomas. I prefer to be called Star. I was raised and still live in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, New York.
The video of a school resource officer violently slamming an African-American teenage girl to the floor and then dragging her across the classroom
Through this award Comité Noviembre recognizes community heroes.
During Pope Francis’s visit to the United States this week, criminal justice reform will take center stage.
Ms. Enriquez (parent in yellow blouse) is a CCFY parent with a child in the juvenile justice system. However, as this video demonstrates,
See Article from the Charleston City Paper: Girls Rock Charleston talks ‘Action’ at Creative Mornings. “It helped me realize I had a voice”
On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Community Connections for Youth (CCFY), and New York City Department of Probation are sponsoring an event named, “Women’s Empowerment Career Building Night.” The event will connect over 100 young women from high-risk, high-crime neighborhoods to professional women who will share their stories and career pathways.
Ray Figueroa, a program director for Friends of Brook Park, said peppers are grown by teenagers working there as an alternative to incarceration.
CCFY’s family engagement work, specifically the Parent Support Program, has been awarded a generous grant from The O’Neill Foundation…
Isaliz is a mother of two who arrived from Puerto Rico in January 2013. She was transferred from Puerto Rico to a domestic violence shelter in Queens and brought…
Hi, my name is Tyree,
I am 25 years old, proud to still be alive and finally on a positive road in life. When I was 13, I lost my mother. The streets…
NYACK SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK By: Ellie Yiseul Paik, Nyack Student When I think about children and youth, I see myself. There is a reflection of me because I was once a child and I was once a teenager, full of life, curiosity and purpose. I often hear the exact words that were shared with me, now […]
JUVENILE JUSTICE INFORMATION EXCHANGE By: Gary Gately They could have been locked up for offenses ranging from theft to assault to armed robbery. Instead, they planted vegetables at an urban farm, painted a mural to honor a community activist, staged a youth talent show, organized “safe parties” for teens at a local community center – […]
THE CRIME REPORT By: Rev. Ruben Austria Op-Ed on The Crime Report What would happen if community stakeholders in U.S. urban neighborhoods plagued by the highest rates of youth crime and incarceration were given the opportunity to intervene early— and often— on behalf of young people caught up in the juvenile justice system? One answer […]
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 12:01 A.M., October 17, 2014 Contact: Ms. Lydia Sierra (718) 309-7800 email@example.com John Jay College of Criminal Justice Evaluates Neighborhood-based Bronx Pilot Program for Court-Involved Youth (Bronx, NY) — An independent evaluation of Community Connections for Youth (CCFY), a South Bronx non-profit organization, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice […]
John Jay College of Criminal Justice recognized CCFY for “an approach that … treats young people, their families and communities as assets.”
Meet Lloyd. Lloyd is a recent graduate of the ARCHES program, an NYC Department of Probation initiative designed to help probation clients get out of the criminal justice system by strengthening their attachment to education, work and community. In the speech below, he shares his trajectory from court involvement to community connections to high school graduation and leadership in his community. Lloyd is one of hundreds of youth whose lives have been transformed by the ARCHES initiative.
Youth Advocate Programs’ “Safely Home” report highlights CCFY’s programming as a “Bright Spot” among programs from across the country.
Rev. Ruben Austria provides a historical perspective why incarceration does not work and shows evidence that community engagement does.
Executive Director Ruben Austria challenges the powers that be to shift from current tough on crime tactics to an investment in youth development and community-based strategies.
Never in a million years would I have imagined myself involved in the juvenile justice system or the criminal justice system. Living in the Bronx, New York, I was busy raising six children in a home where my husband and I worked hard to provide for all their needs, including a safe and loving home.
Guest post by Chantilly Mers-Pickett Last summer I attended a panel discussion organized by Community Connections for Youth (CCFY). CCFY is an organization in the South Bronx that works really hard to provide alternatives to incarceration for youth. I remembered a grandmother on the panel who spoke about her grandson turning 18 in a detention center. […]
From Rikers Island to a college classroom is not an easy path for many who end up in jail, but a Brooklyn program is trying to help with that journey.
New York is one of only two states left in the nation that automatically charges any youth who has committed any crime as an adult at the age of 16. A growing movement in New York is calling on lawmakers to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York. Raising the age should be coupled, however, with an additional approach: building community capacity to engage young people whose behavior brings them to the attention of the justice system.
CCFY’s Ruben Austria discussed Raising the Age on WBAI’s On The Count weekly radio program.