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.View Website
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.
Since 2012, over 700 young people have been sentenced to make art with us instead of jail or other adult sanctions.