The Justice Ambassadors Youth Council (JAYC) builds on the leadership skills of previously disenfranchised youth and provides them with the opportunity to become drivers of democratic change within their community.
JAYC is a platform for 18 to 24 year olds, who have been previously justice-involved and youth residing in New York City, to participate in an eight week, structured classroom setting with city officials to hold conversations about challenging community issues, including racial inequality, poverty, trauma, and to co-develop policy proposals. JAYC empowers youth through leadership development and providing them with the space to reshape the very systems that often fail them and their communities. Justice Ambassadors is a collaboration between the Center for Justice at Columbia University, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Offices, Department of Education, Department of Probation, City Council, community-based organizations, and community members.
The Fall 2020 cohort will start in September and is designed to meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, over eight consecutive weeks. For more information contact Jarrell Daniels.