Invest in Youth Grant Program

Young New Yorkers

Operating Support to provide art-based transformative justice programs to court-involved young people, with the ultimate goal of empowering them to transform the criminal justice system through their own creative voices.

Drive Change

Operating support for a unique food service employment model for formerly incarcerated youth. Drive Change aims to build a food truck commissary/garage in Central Brooklyn through which other food trucks will hire young people out of its program.

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services

Support for Brooklyn Youth Justice Programs in Downtown Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Coney Island, which help young people avoid contact with the criminal justice system, detention, incarceration, and recidivism by providing education and employment services, behavioral health treatment, community service projects, and links to other community-based providers.

Brooklyn Defender Services

Support for Brooklyn Adolescent Representation Team Project, which provides comprehensive legal representation to court-involved youth with focus on school discipline and reentry, special education placements, alternative pathways to graduation, alternatives to incarceration, and counseling.

Green City Force

Support for the implementation of two major "green jobs" workforce initiatives in Brooklyn: a partnership with the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice to recruit and train young adults from NYCHA Developments with the highest crime rates and the build-out of two urban farms on NYCHA developments in Brooklyn.


Operating support to counteract the school-to-prison pipeline by elevating expectations of personal success for youth who have interfaced with the criminal justice system.