Run 4 Change — Cook County Juvenile Probation Department

Created by the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department, the Run 4 Change program helps youth avoid additional involvement in the justice system by focusing on physical activity combined with cognitive behavioral therapy and interactive peace circles. The program teaches young people the coping skills they need when faced with trauma, and by building health and individual skills with the [...]

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) is a national nonprofit organization that works to keep youth safely home and out of residential placements. The mission of YAP is to support families and communities and to engage partners in the broader human services system to reduce the reliance on institutional placement. From the YAP website: "Our mission [...]

Community Connections for Youth

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) is a New-York based nonprofit organization, located in the Bronx. The mission of CCFY is to mobilize indigenous faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community-based alternative-to-incarceration programs for young people. CCFY believes that increasing local community capacity to work with youth in the justice system is the key to [...]

Sunset Youth Services

Located in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Sunset Youth Services supports the development of youth from disadvantaged communities through innovative attachment strategies designed to foster creativity, belonging, and long-term stability. Since 1993, SYS has worked to build safe relationships with young people and families in San Francisco. Their approach begins with the belief that every young [...]

YouthBuild USA

Combining work experience with intensive technical apprenticeship and community service, YouthBuild is a national nonprofit organization that assists disadvantaged youth 16 to 24 years of age. Participants build affordable housing for low-income families while earning a GED (high school equivalency diploma) or traditional diploma, and developing effective work skills. Each of the more than 200 [...]

Rite of Passage

Providing opportunities for troubled and at-risk youth for more than 25 years, Rite of Passage developed and now operates a robust continuum of programs. The programs offered by R.O.P. include community-based services, day schools, academic-model facilities, gender-specific treatment and secure facilities. With an emphasis on evidence-based practices and positive skill development, combined with a supportive therapeutic [...]


Located in New York City, exalt is modeled on an award-winning, best-practice designated program developed by Founder/Executive Director, Sonja Okun, at CASES, New York’s oldest alternative-to-incarceration agency. exalt was established to serve youth at all junctures along the spectrum of criminal justice involvement. The comprehensive program was designed to inspire significant and positive behavioral change, [...]

DYRS – Washington, DC

Washington DC's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) launched a new initiative (first called the "Lead Entity and Service Coalition Initiative" and later "DC YouthLink") to coordinate the efforts of the Department with community-based organizations providing services to court-involved youth. The goal of the initiative was to supervise youthful offenders in the least restrictive method consistent [...]

Philadelphia Mural Arts

The Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began as a graffiti-removal initiative with a mural-painting component designed to engage adjudicated graffiti writers in learning more positive and productive ways to express their creativity. Since its inception, over 3,000 murals have been created and seen by thousands of tourists. Mural Arts on the Today Show While [...]


Roca -- Chelsea and Springfield, MA. Relationship building is central to engaging youth in positive roles and productive social activities. Youth development interventions are unlikely to be effective without a strong focus on social development. A Boston area initiative called Roca, Incorporated, addresses the needs of low-income and/or immigrant youth who are at risk for involvement [...]