The Children’s Village President and CEO Dr. Jeremy Kohomban testified before the NYC Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice on September 21. Citing research and frontline experience, his testimony highlighted the critical need for family engagement to the long-term success of youth involved with the justice system. Dr. Kohomban concluded with three specific recommendations. More Info
Arches Transformative Mentoring
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The Arches Transformative Mentoring Program (Arches) is an interactive group work mentoring program that helps young adults involved with the probation system to transition away from the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors that led to their entanglement with the the justice system. The goal is to help youth and young adults identify the labels and internalized stigmas associated with being on probation.
Credible Messengers from the young adult’s community facilitate the transformative process of “letting go” of an old lifestyle and moving toward empowerment.
Young adults, ages 16-24 on Probation and living in Highbridge, Mt. Eden, Grand Concourse, Morris Heights, University Heights and Mount Hope (Community Districts 4 & 5) are eligible to participate. The Change and Transition process is facilitated by several key components including the development of a mutual aid support system; engagement in education and employment; goal setting, and the use of social media, theater, role play, music, spoken word, and film.
This program is funded through a joint effort by the New York City Department of Probation and the Center for Economic Opportunity as part of the mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative (YMI). For more information on YMI click here.