CASES has received a $900,000 grant from the NYC Department of Probation to launch a new education program for youth who have been involved in the justice system. CASES is among six other NYC nonprofits selected to operate the inaugural Justice Scholars Program, which is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the disparities that are slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men.
The Justice Scholars program, which will begin enrolling youth in January 2012, will serve justice-involved young men and women ages 16-24 throughout the city. The six-month program aims to reduce recidivism while supporting education outcomes for participants, including improvement in literacy and numeracy skill levels, attainment of a high school or GED diploma, and pursuit of post-secondary credentials. Participants in CASES’ Justice Scholars program will enroll in our nationally recognized Career Exploration program, which includes job readiness training and paid internships. Those who earn their high-school or GED diploma will also be eligible to enroll in our Next Steps program, which helps youth apply to, enroll, and succeed in college.
After completing the six-month program, participants will continue to receive an additional six months of support services to help them attain their educational and career goals. Over the three-year grant period, the program expects to enroll 120 youth.
CASES will be seeking to fill a number of positions for this program. All open positions will be posted on our Employment Opportunities page.