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Young New Yorkers

Young New Yorkers (YNY) provides an arts-based alternative-to-incarceration program aimed at giving young people the opportunity to choose better pathways and avoid incarceration. YNY’s curriculum was developed in collaboration with therapists, social workers, attorneys, and artists and promotes youth accountability, responsibility, self-advocacy and leadership skills. To date, 99% of YNY’s participants have successfully graduated from their court-mandated and community programs and have had their cases dismissed and sealed.

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Young New Yorkers Factsheet


Every YNY program, is staffed by one or more YNY peer mentors, who are young people who have graduated from a YNY program and demonstrate a special ability for leadership, compassion, and group facilitation. In 2019, they increased the number of peer mentors by 5 times.


In 2019, YNY served over 300 court-mandated youth in their programs.

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