- guiding documents
- customizable forms
- and other resources to plan and do projects!
Community benefit projects are service projects designed and completed by young adults that fill an important need in the community where the young people live. Unlike traditional community service, community benefit projects combine a youth development approach with restorative justice and workforce development strategies. Young adults involved in the criminal justice system build positive relationships with their communities and give back through service at the same time that they build job readiness skills. Young people typically spend three months or more on a project, with regular opportunities to reflect on their growth throughout their work and a celebration of their accomplishments when the project is done.
Many of the resources in this toolbox were developed by the staff of the NYC Justice Corps, and they are included here as models to be used or adapted in other programs. Additional resources and videos come from the NYC Justice Corps Learning Community, a staff training held in January 2014, which was facilitated by the Youth Development Institute.
The Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice wishes to thank the staff who have participated in Learning Community meetings and acknowledges the following current and former staff for their contributions to the Toolbox materials: Tai Merey Alex, Debbie Boar, Monique De La Oz, Tenaja Jordan, Dorick Scarpelli, Carlyle Tom, and Alison Trenk. PRI is deeply grateful to our funders at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity for supporting the NYC Justice Corps Learning Community.