OUR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS PROVIDE A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY FOR YOUNG ADULTS LIVING IN New York City.  

At this time, all youth programs are held our East Harlem location.


ARCHES

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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ARCHES is a transformative mentoring program serving 16 to 24-year olds on probation.

As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, ARCHES represents a bridge between community organizations and the Department of Probation (DOP). The program focuses on the empowerment of young adults through intensive mentoring with culturally-competent adult role models, an interactive journaling curriculum based on cognitive-behavioral principles, and a group setting in which youth help themselves by helping their peers. The interactive journals include: Responsible Behavior, Individual Change Plan, Relationships & Communication, and Handling Difficult Feelings. Participants are given a $15 stipend for every session they attend.


NEXTSTEPS

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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NextSTEPS is a group mentoring program for young adults ages 16 to 24 living in NYCHA’s Wagner Houses.

The NextSTEPS curriculum includes group discussion, interactive journaling, and engaging activities led by mentors who have been affected by the justice system and can speak from experience. During NextSTEPS sessions, our participants share life experiences and examine the barriers they face to reaching their goals. With the support of their peers and mentorship by culturally appropriate mentors, the young men and women in our NextSTEPS program gain a better understanding of personal responsibility, along with the tools to improve relationships, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills. Interactive Journals include Family, Substance Abuse, Responsible Behavior, Individual Change Plan, Relationships & Communication, and Handling Difficult Feelings. Participants receive a $15 stipend for every session they attend.


COMMON-UNITY

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Common-Unity is a peer support program designed specifically to meet the needs of 16 to 25-year olds living in neighborhoods that are acutely impacted by the justice system.

Common-Unity participants attend six months of interactive workshops, activities, and outings that inspire and encourage them to further their education, obtain and maintain employment, and build leadership skills to bring back to their communities. The group sessions provide a sense of safety and structure, belonging and membership, self-worth and social contribution. Participants receive a $10 stipend for each session.


All youth program participants receive a stipend (money), MetroCards for transportation, and hot meals before each session.


ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULT PARTICIPANTS

  • Individual mentoring & case management
  • TASC (formerly GED) prep course
  • Access to in-house substance abuse services and mental health referrals
  •  Job and internship readiness training and placement
  • Court advocacy for upcoming appearances