DA Vance Announces $7.2 Million Investment in New Yorkers Reentering Their Communities After Incarceration

Posted on April 9, 2018

“Law enforcement must firmly and finally acknowledge that when we play a role in sending someone to prison, we own some of the responsibility for what happens when they get out,” said District Attorney Vance. “And with 42 percent of people released from New York prisons returning within three years, this revolving door is not just a tragedy for reentering New Yorkers, their families, and their communities – it’s a public safety problem. I am proud to invest in these organizations that are redefining reentry to provide returning New Yorkers with the tools they need, helping drive down recidivism and making our communities safer.”

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New York-Presbyterian: CJII Featured Grantee

Posted on December 26, 2017

New York-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic health care delivery systems. It is partnering with local organizations to establish a Youth Opportunity Hub serving Washington Heights that will provide services including reproductive health services, dental and vision care, violence prevention training, art therapy, parenting support, sports and recreation, education advocacy, and learning disability ...

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Request for Proposals for Center for Trauma Innovation Planning

Posted on December 21, 2017

Proposals were due Friday, March 9, 2018. The District Attorney’s Office is requesting proposals to develop a plan for a Center for Trauma Innovation (CTI) based in New York City. The plan may form the basis for a potential larger investment in the CTI itself. The goal for the CTI is to address gaps and challenges in the existing system of services for people exposed to trauma. The CTI will offer comprehensive, culturally-competent, free or ...

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Union Settlement: CJII Featured Grantee

Posted on December 19, 2017

Youth Opportunity Hub grantee Union Settlement’s programs provide education, wellness and community-building to East Harlem residents of all ages. Its offerings—from youth and adult education classes, to Meals-on-Wheels, mental health services and programs for senior citizens—span more than a dozen locations across the neighborhood. Its programs equip residents with connected programs that provide opportunities, tools, and support for the ...

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Community Connections for Youth: CJII Featured Grantee

Posted on December 12, 2017

Community Connections for Youth works with grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to empower them to develop effective community driven alternatives to incarceration for youth. CCFY believes that increasing local community capacity to work with youth in the justice system is the key to reducing youth crime and delinquency, and improving long-term life outcomes for youth. We spoke with Rev. Rubén Austria, Executive Director, about some ...

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Henry Street Settlement: CJII Featured Grantee

Posted on December 5, 2017

Henry Street Settlement, a Youth Opportunity Hub grantee, addresses the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children. Based on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Henry Street delivers a wide range of social service, arts and health care programs to more than 60,000 New Yorkers each year. We spoke with David Garza, executive director, about some of the challenges facing youth and how CJII is ...

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The Door: CJII Featured Grantee

Posted on November 28, 2017

The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 10,000 New York City youth annually. This article is the part of our series highlighting CJII grantees and the work they’re doing to meet CJII goals of improving public safety and enhancing fairness and efficiency in NYC’s criminal justice system. We spoke with Julie Shapiro, executive director, about some of the challenges facing youth and how CJII is supporting their work to address those challenges.

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DA Vance and Partners Launch East Harlem Community Navigators Program at Family Harvest Festival

Posted on November 6, 2017

Nearly 200 Community Members Pack Union Settlement to Celebrate the Launch of the East Harlem Community Navigators Program Pictured (Clockwise): DA Vance and the East Harlem Community Navigators, The Esperanza Prep Band, DA Vance Speaking to Attendees, Performers from Hip Hop Dance Theatre  On Saturday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the investment of more than $1.6 million in an innovative new program to ...

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Meet Community Navigators at Family Harvest Fest November 4

Posted on October 27, 2017

On Saturday, November 4, you are invited to come meet the East Harlem Community Navigators and join the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for a Family Harvest Fest! Featuring: Food from Sabor Borinqueno Restaurant Poetry by Rich Villar and Maribelle Vazquez A performance by Hip Hop Dance Theatre Face painting and balloon animals More details En Español

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Social Enterprises

Posted on October 23, 2017

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., has awarded $7.1 million to three social enterprises – run by Drive Change, Sweet Generation Bakery, and The HOPE Program – to create employment opportunities and career training for at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which District Attorney ...

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