The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Through the provision of direct services and community-based care, Esperanza works to create a safe and productive response to the challenges and needs of court-involved youth.
Esperanza is dedicated to keeping young people at home with their families. We work to safely reduce reliance on out-of-home placement for court-involved youth by offering a community-based alternative to incarceration throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Esperanza began delivering direct services in 2002 and currently serves young people who are prosecuted in Family Court as well as youth who are being prosecuted as adults in Supreme/Criminal Court. Our home-based, direct-service program includes up to six months of intensive therapy for youth and their families, as well as case and crisis management. Towards the end of this period, some of our participants are matched with mentors for a period of time to further support the work they have done while in Esperanza.