Protected: Education, Career & Enrichment DRAFT 2023

Promoting the Success of Young People Vulnerable to Policing and Arrest

Education, Career & Enrichment (ECE) Director: Sophia Morel,

Young people with criminal legal system involvement often miss critical developmental opportunities to pursue an education, get a job, learn important skills, and participate in their communities. CASES Education, Career & Enrichment (ECE) programming serves youth and young adults ages 12-27, prioritizing young people who’ve come in contact with the criminal legal system, which disproportionately affects Black and Latine communities. ECE programming begins by identifying young people’s unique talents and skills; by working with youth to strengthen these abilities, ECE promotes relationship building, health and wellness, education, and career preparation. 

Through the following services, ECE works with young people to achieve their personal goals while encouraging engagement within their communities: 

  • Mentoring 
  • Employment and job readiness 
  • High School Equivalency (HSE) classes and onsite GED testing 
  • Support accessing benefits and connecting to treatment providers 
  • Clinical treatment 
  • Case management 
  • Mental health counseling 
  • Community service projects 
  • Recreational activities 


ECE builds young people’s strength and resilience, connecting them to CASES programs and other community resources that promote youth development and support them to avoid arrest and incarceration. 

During FY23, CASES ECE 

  • Served 641 young people across 10 different programs 
  • Supported more than 47 young people to secure paid internships, secure employment, earn a work-readiness credential, and/or earn a GED diploma.
  • Supported 17 young people to attend 603 work crew sessions to gain work experience in their communities

ECE Programs

Assertive Community Engagement & Success (ACES)
ACES is a multiyear program that provides intensive mobile outreach to young people who are identified within their communities as most vulnerable to being involved in or victims of violence.
Eligibility: Young men ages 16-24 who reside in East Harlem or the South Bronx

Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT)
APT is an intervention using cognitive behavioral treatment techniques designed to engage youth and their families in effective home-based counseling services and reduce the risk of youth probation violation or recidivism. 
Eligibility: Youth ages 12-27 

Choices Alternative to Detention (ATD)
Choices ATD provides virtual and in-person support for young people facing charges in Family Court, enabling them to avoid detention and remain at home with their families and in their schools and communities while the Family Court matter is pending. Choices ATD helps youth and their families build positive relationships and access resources in their communities.
Eligibility: Young people facing charges in Brooklyn and Manhattan Family Court 

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)
JAG is A six-month program for young people who are out of school and unemployed, with 12 months of aftercare, providing them with module-based employment-readiness classes, youth led community service/entrepreneurial projects, internships and job placements in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Coney Island, and Harlem.
Eligibility: Youth ages 17-24
How to Refer: Complete the JAG NYC Referral Form

Mentoring and Advocacy Program (MAAP)
MAAP is a six-month one-to-one mentoring program serving youth while also providing supports to their families.
Eligibility: Youth ages 12-21 residing in Manhattan

Fair Futures: Scholars Making Moves
Launched in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Fair Futures enables young people enrolled in CASES Mentoring and Advocacy Program (MAAP) to explore career opportunities and develop financial literacy. The program features an adapted version of JAG NY that like JAG includes an introduction to credentialing as part of understanding employment pathways.
Eligibility: Youth enrolled in CASES MAAP program

Pathways to Excellence, Achievement & Knowledge (PEAK)
PEAK is a goal-focused program for youth who are under the supervision of Juvenile Probation, providing after-school, evening and all-day summer programming combining educational enrichment with therapeutic behavioral supports.
Eligibility: Youth ages 16+ on juvenile probation
How to Refer: Complete the PEAK Referral Form

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
SYEP is a six-week paid summer employment program for youth involved in the criminal legal, child welfare, foster care system(s) and/or who are experiencing homelessness.
Eligibility: Youth ages 14-24 

Works Plus
Works Plus is a neighborhood based employment, education, civic and community engagement program for young people who are unemployed and highly vulnerable for involvement in gun violence.
Eligibility: Youth ages 17-24 residing in Central Harlem