In mid-August, more than 60 youth age 14-15 presented the final products of their six-week participation in CASES’ Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). While SYEP participants age 16-24 were busy completing jobs this summer, the younger members of the program were immersed in Project Based Learning courses at CASES locations in Downtown Brooklyn, Harlem, and […]
New York City’s Rikers Island correctional facility currently houses more than 9,000 people every day, including young people age 16-17 tried as adults and thousands of men and women with mental illness.
Many of these people have become involved in the criminal justice system as the result of factors including poverty, low education levels, lack of employment opportunities, homelessness, untreated mental illness, and addiction. Once involved in the criminal justice system these individuals face significant challenges if they are to overcome the experience of incarceration, the consequences of a criminal record, and the disruption of community networks and—for young people—of the traditional course of youth development.