Youth Justice

Investing in Second Chances and Alternatives to Arrest

Our Goal: 

Increase educational and economic opportunities for court-involved youth and reduce school suspensions and prevent youth involvement in the criminal justice system

Our Strategy: 

We support both advocacy and direct-service organizations that address the far-reaching effects of young people’s encounters with the criminal justice system, transforming these encounters into authentic opportunities for growth and development. We focus on investing in school discipline reforms, alternatives to arrest, and educational and workforce programs for court-involved youth.

  • Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project: Partnership with NYC Department of Education and Mayor's Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline to place restorative justice programs in four Brooklyn middle and high schools with high suspension and arrest rates over four years, building a new model for discipline reform.
     
  • Increasing Economic Opportunity: Support for organizations working to promote educational and employment opportunities for court-involved youth.
     
  • Neighborhood-Based Arrest Diversion: Support for programs that develop alternatives to arrest while fostering community engagement and accountability with local law enforcement.

Our Investment:

$645,000 to 20 Nonprofits in 2017-18: Grants support both advocacy and direct-service organizations that address the far-reaching effects of young people’s encounters with the criminal justice system. Focus areas and sample grantee partners include:

  • Diversion Programs: Brooklyn Defender Services and BRIC Arts Media
  • Enrichment Opportunities: The Lineage Project and Brownsville Community Justice Center
  • Employment Programs: Drive Change and Reconnect Brooklyn
  • Advocacy and Policy Reform: JustLeadershipUSA and Correctional Association of New York
  • School Discipline Reform: Teachers Unite and Urban Youth Collaborative

​See the complete list of 2017-018 Youth Justice grants


The following family foundations and funds support Brooklyn Community Foundation's Youth Justice efforts:

Fishman Family Fund
JM Kaplan Fund
Pinkerton Foundation
Prospect Hill Foundation
Andrew Kimball / Sarah Williams Fund
Silberman Family Fund
Sills Family Foundation
Weissberg Foundation
ALLINBKLYN, a women's philanthropic initiative 

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