• PRE-RELEASE advocacy

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    Friends has 7 full-time staff on Rikers Island daily, working with young people ages 16 to 18 with an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral curriculum and connecting to services post-release.
  • POSITIVE YOUTH development

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    Our services are rooted in a passion for and belief in our individual youth members’ resilience and ability to achieve. Our services are...
  • COMMUNITY partnerships

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    Our partnerships with other community stakeholders complement our work and enhance the experience of our youth...
  • RESPONSIBLE fatherhood

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    Operating out of a Bronx community center, Friends to Fathers (F2F) is a community-based initiative for non-custodial fathers...
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Anonymous, ABLE part…


When I get out of Rikers I want to go to Friends to get my GED and all that, because they don't look at me like I am nothing.

Shiasia, youth membe…


“Growing up in Harlem, I always felt like no one would do anything for me.  I thought Friends would be just another GED school, but they proved me wrong. I’m going to see how far I can go.”

Testimonial – 1


“They gave me that push when no one else was giving me that push.  When I came to Friends I came with an immature attitude, but when I left, I left a lady!”

Testimonial – 2


I want to be there for my son and make sure he has everything he needs.”

Excessive Use of Violence


On August 4, 2014, the office of the United States attorney in Manhattan released a report [LINK]

on the excessive use of violence against male adolescents…

Youth Member Profiled on Bloomberg TV


One of our youth members was profiled on Bloomberg TV. Click on the full post to watch the video. John was one of...

Decrease in NYC Crime


Mayor Bloomberg announced that since 2001, major felony crime and incarceration rates in New York City have both dropped by 32 percent.  Friends of Island…

NY Times Covers Launch of Ground-Breaking ABLE Program


Friends of Island Academy is honored to be part of this historic program, serving over 3,000 young men on Rikers each year.

STATEMENT FROM RUSSELL SIMMONS


A very big congratulations to Friends of Island Academy on celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Over the years, I have been honored to have interacted with…

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