New Loan Closing: Youth Justice Network

July 15, 2021

Advocates that New York City youth can count on

$500,000 working capital loan through the Trinity Church Grantee Loan Fund

Youth Justice Network’s mission is to break cycles of incarceration and build an equitable justice system by providing young people with individualized advocacy, mentorship, and opportunities to grow, thrive, and lead. Founded in 1990 out of the alternative high school on Rikers Island, the organization worked to support young people in their transition from juvenile detention to their neighborhood. Since then, they have grown into a network of advocates who support youth in contact with the carceral system with both day-to-day and long-term needs and work tirelessly to minimize those young people spend in jail. Thanks to the work of Youth Justice Network and other advocates, there are no more 16-17-year-olds incarcerated on Rikers Island.

Until 2020, the City of New York was Youth Justice Network’s biggest funder. But when COVID-19 struck the city, the government reduced the nonprofit’s contract by 66% – forcing it to transition its fundraising strategy to one that focused on private donors. This loan will ensure that Youth Justice Network has enough cash on hand to continue providing critical services to youth while they build out their private fundraising program.

Partners: Trinity Church Wall Street

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