Friends’ Jail to School Pipeline was developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and piloted with funds from the New York Community Trust in 2012. As its name suggests, it was created to reverse the trend.
Young people regularly leave Rikers Island with the intention of returning to advancing their education; however, multiple factors often delay, discourage, interfere or prevent them from re-enrolling in school.
This Pipeline Project was developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education to ensure that 16-17 year old students in custodial schools do not fall through the cracks of the education system as a result of their criminal-justice involvement. Our advocates initially meet with youth and East River Academy staff on Rikers Island to determine the youths’ individual needs and goals, and to work towards reducing the amount of time it takes for students to return to high school. After being released into their communities, adolescents are guided in the community by youth advocates who support their educational enrollment and academic advancement.