The evidence is clear, quality educational programming for youth who are justice involved can be a deterrent to reoffending and may improve reentry outcomes. Educational programming in secure settings must adhere to the tenets of the Guiding Principles for Providing High Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings disseminated jointly by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice and quality correctional education must focus on all five principles promoted in the guidance document. New York City Administration for Children’s Services/Division of Youth and Family Justice (ACS/DY&FJ) along with the New York City Department of Education/District 79 (NYC DOE) are promoting these five principles. There is a strong indication they have embraced principle four in their Close to Home Program: Establish a rigorous and relevant curriculum aligned with state academic and career and technical education standards that utilize instructional methods, tools, materials and practices that promote college and career readiness. This webinar highlighted the ACS/DY&FJ Close to Home Program and their collaborative partnership with the NYC DOE to not only promote quality educational programming for the youth who are incarcerated but also ensure that grades and credits earned while in placement are maintained properly and shared with their home schools and key stakeholders. Two of the goals of this multi-agency partnership are to increase the likelihood of reenrollment in school or job training and a more successful educational transition upon release back into the community.
- Felipe Franco - Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Youth and Family Justice within the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
- Timothy F. Lisante, Ph.D - Superintendent of District 79 Alternative Schools & Programs, NYC Department of Education
- Nick Marinacci- Senior Executive Director of Youth Justice and Treatment Programs in New York City's Alternative Schools District 79