Internet Links
Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)
The Center for Community Alternatives is located at 25 Chapel Street, Seventh Floor, Brooklyn NY 12101. Phone:(718)858-9658. The Center for Community Alternatives provides young offenders, ages 16 to 24, approaching release with transitional planning and empowerment groups, post-release case management, and employment and educational services. There are specialized programs for at-risk young women and for HIV positive youth.
exalt is located at 150 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Phone: (718) 923-1400. exalt is an organization that is dedicated to helping youth by involving them in internships, education and the creation of their own career goals. Upon joining, exalt staff guides the youth through steps to better equip them with education and skills for employment, while becoming productive members in society. The organization has an alternative to incarceration (ATI), detention and reentry service programs, each tailored to the needs of the adjudicated youth. exalt orientates the youth in cycles where they will be invlolved in pre-intership training, an internship and then post internship seminar and session. When finished exalt continues regular contact with the youth , understanding that long term support will be most beneficial to help ensure the individual's success.
For information about GRASP, Girls Re-entry Assistance Support Project, please contact Joan B. Gabbidon, Executive Director at(718) 250-2219 or Deborah Lashley, Program Manager at(718) 250-3804. This is a wonderful program for court involved girls aged 13-18 returning to Brooklyn (or Staten Island). GRASP provides different services including couseling, career development, anger management and cultural programming. Girls will be set up with a mentor from faith based services. Despite the religious nature of the setting young women are not required to participate in relgious activities.
My Own Biz
My Own Biz is a Brooklyn Public Library Business Library website. The Business Library is located at 280 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please call (718)623-7000 or email for more information. The Business Library offers programs, information and SCORE (one-on-one counseling for small business owners). My Own Biz focuses on young entreprenuers and provides a helpful step by step guide to researching and starting a small business.
RBSCC Youth and Education Department is located at 217 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Please contact them by phone (718)381-9653 or email Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council (RBSCC) programs work with youth ranging from ages 6 to 21. Their programs include: AIDP (Attendance Improvement and Drop-Out Prevention Program), ESD/SVP (Extended School Day and Violence Prevention Program), Youth Multi Service program (students that are performing below grade level in school, have limited access to developing artistic and athletic skills and are exhibiting behaviorial problems) and much more. There are also other family services available.
StreetWise Partners
StreetWise Partners, Inc. 11 Park Place, Suite 701 New York, NY 10007, phone number(212) 971-0078 and email StreetWise Partners (SWP) is an organization that builds mentor relationships between top-notch business corporation volunteers and low-income youth between the ages of 18 and 24 (both young men and young women). Individuals are able to enroll in a free 14-week mentorship cycle including an office skills program that will help them develop career planning skills, resume and cover letter writing, 30-second elevator pitch, interviewing techniques, basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and appropriate office etiquette. The goal of the training is to give the youth job skills and an expanded professional network, which they may leverage to obtain meaningful work or a higher educational degree. Each young adult participant will be paired with a mentor who is a working professional in New York City.
Youth and Congregations in Partnership
For information about this organization please call Joan B. Gabbidon, Executive Director at (718)250-2219 or Deborah Lashley, Program Manager at (718)250-3804. This Brooklyn based program reaches out to at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 22 for a mentorship with a member of a faith based organization. The youth will also be working with other community service providers insuring a holistic approach for their re-entry. Religious instruction and involvment are not a part of the program, although the program does exsist in a religious setting.
Youth at Risk
Youth at Risk is located at 116 John Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10038. Please call (212) 791-4927 or email for information. Youth at Risk (YAR)is an organization that establishes meaningful mentoring relationships for young people in order to reduce at-risk behavior. Programs include: Beyond Barriers (women and children domestic abuse survivors), Fatherhood Program (preparing young men for their role as fathers), New Futures program (for incarcerated youth),Pathways Program (children with an incarcerated parent), Warriors Way (for young men without a father figure in their lives), Woman to Woman and more.