Apply to Join CASES Associate Board!

CASES is currently looking for individuals to serve on its Associate Board! 

CASES is one of New York City’s leading nonprofit providers of alternative-to-incarceration and mental health treatment programs for youth and adults who have become involved in the criminal legal system (CLS). Our mission is to increase community safety through groundbreaking services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and foster opportunities for success in the community. CASES works at the intersection of the behavioral health and criminal legal systems to combat the criminalization of poverty, mental illness, and substance use—annually diverting more than 5,000 New Yorkers from bail, jail, and prison. We specialize in serving two groups: 1) youth and young adults and 2) people living with serious mental illness, providing comprehensive, compassionate services that help people improve their lives and avoid further entanglement in the CLS.  

We are recruiting individuals to join our Associate Board and provide additional support for CASES’ expanding programs. We welcome candidates for the Associate Board who have a passion for criminal legal system reform, mental health work, or services for vulnerable teens, and who have creative ideas to help CASES raise awareness and support. Through working closely with members of the Board of Trustees, Associate Board members will develop leadership skills that will enable them to advance their careers and become candidates for potential membership on nonprofit boards.  

Expected activities for Associate Board members may include: 

  • Creating and coordinating fundraising and volunteer events 
  • Supporting efforts to engage and expand our individual donors 
  • Meeting with and engaging Board of Trustees members to support Associate Board initiatives 
  • Committing to at least 2 years of service 
  • Recruiting and mentoring future Associate Board members 

CASES seeks an Associate Board comprised of members who bring a variety of unique talents, diverse backgrounds, including that reflect those of CASES’ staff and clients, and experiences, including but not limited to: 

  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to criminal legal system reform, mental health care, and the mission of CASES 
  • Experience and/or enthusiasm for fundraising 
  • Experience organizing and hosting events 
  • Experience leveraging technology and social media to successfully fundraise  
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-changing environment 
  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve effectively 
  • Ability to work effectively with a team 
  • Ability to leverage networks to spread awareness of CASES work and raise money for the organization 
  • Formerly incarcerated people and people with direct experience of behavioral health, mental health, or substance use treatment are encouraged to apply


CASES will review applications for the Associate Board on a rolling basis throughout February 2024. We expect to begin screening calls and interviews with initial candidates in mid to late February. We will announce the new Associate Board in April. To apply, please send a resume and personal statement (no more than one page) that expresses your interest in the organization and the Associate Board to