Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation: Family & Youth Development Grantee

In February 2017, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation was selected to receive funds under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) in response to the Manhattan District Attorney Office’s request for proposals for family and youth development programs.

With these funds, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation will establish its Margaret’s Place program in two schools in Washington Heights. The program takes a school-wide approach to addressing and preventing trauma among students in middle and high school. As part of this initiative, the Safe at Home Foundation will partner with the Dominican Women’s Development Center, who will provide services such as parenting support, counseling, and parental workshops.

The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation is one of several organizations to receive funds to strengthen families and prevent risk factors that affect youth development—such as academic problems, dropping out of school, and antisocial behavior. The effectiveness and efficiency of such programs is wellestablished. This program, along with the other initiatives being developed under CJII, form a comprehensive set of strategic investments that, together, will have a significant, lasting impact on public safety and justice reform in New York City.